Posted by: TheAuthor | 19/10/2011

Day 33 – 366 days later, leaving Canada

This time the ferry was on time in its departure, a big bonus. The crossing was far worse in terms of roughness but lasted half as long. Still didn’t help the girls feeling nauseous though as we set sail. This night, contrary to the previous nights spent on board, we were explicitly told not to sleep on the floor. This meant we were left with the world’s most uncomfortable chairs to doze in.

We literally drove all day to be able to cross the US border at St Stephen/Calais and then make it to a campsite at Bar Harbour, Maine. The roads in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine are all lined with trees displaying their leaves with a spectrum of colours; reds, yellows, browns and oranges guide the way along the road.

Canada’s very popular coffee restaurant Tim Horton’s is very rare in the USA. Therefore Shell and Claire were quite upset with the reality that today would most probably, be the last chance to visit the chain restaurant for a cup of coffee – mainly French Vanilla in flavour. It was without question, a heart-wrenching affair for Shell.

We approached the border with slight trepidation about being able to cross. In the event itself, things went remarkably smoothly and we only had to fill out a waiver form. The car search was hindered due to the sheer volume of luggage we were carrying. Once crossing, the fuel was a good 30-40 cents cheaper than Canada that means that at the present moment it is nearly a dollar cheaper than the UK. Awesome news for a road trip!

As we approached Bar Harbour in the pitch black we began to look out for a campsite. Unfortunately everything had closed up for the winter, I noted a pattern forming that is occurring everywhere we have been over the past 2 weeks. Looks like camping may be out of the question soon enough. As we entered Bar Harbour a deer standing still in the middle of my lane confronted me. Breaking sharply to avoid hitting the wild creature, it heard my engine and nonchalantly looked over its shoulder at me before ambling out-of-the-way.

Asking for assistance in the town we found out that the ‘Blackwood’s Campground’ was open and just outside the town. After a long drive (not just outside the town) we found it and bedded in for the night. Big plans for the morning, our only chance to experience Bar Harbour.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 15

American Kilometres driven – 118km

Canadian Kilometres driven – 842km

Total Canadian Kilometres driven – 11,499km

Total distance driven – 11,617km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken

– Console Handbrake light always ‘on’


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