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Soggy start!

We finally left Halifax! We said our ‘goodbyes’ and hit the road around midday on Tuesday.

Leaving time

All packed and ready to go!

We had an uneventful drive to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. We settled in to our camp site and had a lovely fire complete with marshmallows and a celebratory bottle of wine.

Christine at the wheel

We woke the next day to rain, rain and more rain. It pretty much rained all day. This gave us time to get more acquainted with the inside of our van, as well as her newly discovered leaks. Nothing too serious but still a nuisance that needs to be fixed.

We’ve also naturally found out what the name of our van is:  “Ginger Lee”. This is her name as well as the style of driving we have to do with her. It also nicely matches the 70’s style red shag carpetting inside 🙂

We did get to see the famous tides of the Bay of Fundy, which can have a height fluctuation of up to 16 metres! Here is a picture of Point Wolf (where we camped) at high tide and then again at low tide.

High tide

Low tide – we went walking down there.

We then headed a tiny bit backwards (i.e. back East), to Shediac, New Brunswick to meet up with my parents (Christines) who were camping at Parlee Beach Provincial Park. We spent the afternoon enjoying the beach and then went out for lobster rolls and a bit of sightseeing. This included seeing the worlds biggest lobster. At night we had a fire with all the fixings.

Ginger crossing a covered bridge in the park

Exploring the great beach in Shediac

The worlds biggest lobster!

Checking out Shediac with the Berrigans

 

Friday was our first big driving day (600km). And “Ginger Lee” did great! A bit slow up a couple of the hills but she always pulled through. We had all the seasons for weather as well, from hot and sunny, to teeming rain and thunder meaning  we were hardly able to see. We also gained another province, as well as gained an extra hour with the time difference.

We had planned to hunker down in Riviere du Loup but the Provincial park there was full (long weekend apparently???) so we carried on and made it to a campground in Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska.

Tomorrow we are planning to drive in to Quebec City, where we will have a couple of nights and time to explore the town, and hopefully  ride along the river etc. We are hoping to stay at a campground near the city, but don’t have a booking, so may be trying out Walmarts parking lot for the first time!

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New Bloggers!

Welcome to our new blog!

When we first decided to take a year and see the world a lot of friends and family asked if we would be keeping a blog, to which the quick answer was always no. We thought putting some of our better photos onto facebook would suffice to keep people up to date on our adventures.

However, after a major change of travel plans, and having decided to keep our own diary anyway, as well as enjoying and learning from so many other bloggers great sites, we have decided to give it a go. No promises on how frequently we will update, but we will do our best, and truly hope to get some news and a few pics up every week.

So, we have been in Canada for exactly a month now. A bit longer than planned, but we have been busy.  We have had some great times with Christines family, including a week on Prince Edward Island with her parents.

Mussels

Enjoying a fresh pot of mussels by the ocean

Fire on the jetty

Enjoying a fire on Margs jetty

PEI camping

Camping on PEI

The other major accomplishment is the purchase of our new campervan, which will hopefully carry us without breakdown all the way to Ushuaia in Argentina. We are planning on taking the next 8 months to get there (12 to 15 months if you ask Dave…), and will live in our new van as we go.

The new van

Christine and our new van at the end of the Cabot trail.

We will add some more information regarding the van in a separate page for those that are interested.

We had quite a scare at the start of the week when we put her in for a basic service and oil change etc at a large mechanics (part of a franchise chain). They rang us after only having her for an hour, and asked us to come down for a private chat… basically they thought that the underbody corrosion and some ‘at home’ repairs by the previous owners put her in a state beyond reasonable repair.  They knew we had just bought her, and felt a bit sorry for us I think, as they didn’t charge us anything for the time they spent, and sent us on our way with a gentle consolatory pat on the back.

Thankfully we didn’t just put her down then and there (though the thoughts were there), but booked her into a more local mechanic, who is known to work on older vehicles to get a second opinion. Thankfully they thought she was in great condition for her age. They changed a faulty O2 sensor, replaced a couple of shocks, tidied up some brake lines, and a few other minor repairs and wished us all the best with our trip!

So the lesson learnt here is to look for mechanics that have some experience with older vehicles, and don’t just do oil and filter changes on newer vehicles.

So, the van needs to go back to the mechanics for a couple of hours on Monday morning, but as soon as that’s done we should be on our way.

First stop is Fundy National Park, where they have the highest tides in the world!

Check back soon to see how the start of our trip went.

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