Today’s travel distance of a meagre 47 miles, is by far the shortest voyage on our circumnavigation of North America. This resulted from a couple of reasons – staying in the vicinity of Berwick so Judi can research her roots and a previous preferred campground that was already closed for the season.
The Canadian Forces airbase is about 25 miles from our current location in Bridgetown and Berwick about 35 miles. Both are of significance to Judi, as she spent 4 years as a teenager living on base and her Grandfather came from Berwick. So today we went for a drive down memory lane.
After a day of driving we returned to the coach and enjoyed a splendid cup of tea, while refreshing, it just didn’t rejuvenate us sufficiently to flash up the BBQ and cook the flank steak that had been marinating since last night. Andy remembered seeing a pub across the road, while walking the dogs, so decision made, we’ll walk across the street so both of us can enjoy a libation with dinner.
Today we leave the South Shore of Nova Scotia and head across the Province to play tourist on the North Shore and Annapolis Valley, starting at a campground on the Annapolis River in Bridgetown. This will be our second shortest travel day at only 126 miles, and as Fall is definitely here, we anticipate seeing the first vestiges of Fall colours.
Peggys Cove, located about 25 miles SW of Halifax is probably most famous for the lighthouse, but it is also a functioning fishing village and so much more. A collection of small brightly coloured homes built around the small harbour on the barren landscape, the village has a very small resident population of only 35 people.
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Judi having lived in Nova Scotia is very familiar with Halifax, but that was many years ago back in the 70’s, so it could have changed. Andy, however, never made it to Halifax during his deep sea days with his only experience being a couple of trips to play in the navy simulator in Victoria. Therefore, we were both interested to compare Canada’s premier East Coast port to Vancouver. How did it turn out?
This morning we headed down Nova Scotia’s South Shore from Indian Harbour, just south of Peggy’s Cove to Lockeport, which is about 60 miles before Yarmouth, at the southern tip of the Province. Today was another short hop and we had a couple of choices for route – scenic or safer. Which one did we opt for?
Once set up at our ocean front site at King Neptune Campground we sat down and enjoyed the obligatory cuppa tea, enjoying the abundant ocean views and listening to the lapping of the waves rolling onto the shore. Was the 5,000+ drive worth it, a resounding yes, we could easily stay here for ever, well at least until it gets cold in a few weeks.
After enjoying the excellent North Sydney KOA, with the unobstructed, elevated views of the main navigable channel into the huge Bras D’Or Lake, for more than a week, it was time to resume our sojourn around North America. After an easy 200 miles we pulled into the campground a few miles from the famous Peggys Cove and – WOW, can we get any closer to the ocean?
We planned 2 relaxing days meandering along and enjoying the abundant sights of the Cabot Trail, but weather forecasts were rather unfavourable, with Saturday being the only nice day. Decision time – do we complete in 1 day or stick to the original plan of 2 days and get wet .