and I have been talking for a while about seeing a lighthouse at some point on this road trip. Well, it finally happened today. Under the recommendation of some Prince Edward Island locals, we drove directly to Peggy's Cove and were not disappointed!
The drive went really very well, and, oddly, the dying-bearing sound that I complained about yesterday seems to have died down a little bit. It was altogether absent for the first half hour or more of the drive, at which point it returned not quite at the volume it was yesterday. As before, the car felt and drove fine otherwise. I was comfortable enough with the car's performance to really enjoy the gorgeous (and at times, rather technical!) drive.
Later in the afternoon we headed to Halifax for a lovely walk around the citadel – a fort built (and never used) for land defense – as well as the boardwalk. Halifax shares many characteristics with Boston, and I quite liked enjoying the city as a pedestrian.
One of the best things about not having any fixed plans for a few days is being able to take whichever path strikes your fancy, without regard to how long it takes or where exactly it leads. Today we had planned on nothing other than making it as far as we please towards Prince Edward Island. Given our late start (just after noon) it became quickly evident that we wouldn't make it the whole way there today, but this was a worthwhile trade, exchanged for being able to sleep in a bit longer and a leisurely workout routine at the hotel gym, in addition to breakfast and the other normalcies.
We made pretty great time today, only wandering a little bit here or there just off the highway. The 110km/h speed limit for the majority of the way helped. To be sure, though, this is country that I wouldn't have minded driving slower through, either. Gorgeous long rolling hills of dense woods occasionally interrupted by cultivated farmland, or the odd river, or some such. Hugging along the border of Maine, the Trans-Canada Highway yet again brought us breathtaking views kilometer after kilometer.
I write now in the comfort of a hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick – just over an hour from Prince Edward Island. We arrived in Moncton just in time to place a dinner order at a local pub before their kitchen closed at 10pm. It was a bustling pub with lots of youthful exuberance, though the empty city streets gave the air that it was the only busied establishment within a 160km radius.
(Belated post. The events described herein transpired on Thursday, July 9th through Friday, July 10th 2015.)
As a teenager I used to ride my mountain bike through back country wherever I lived. It was something I'd always terrifically enjoyed despite plenty of injury and mishap. When I saw that mountain bikes were available for rental at an outfitter near our campgrounds inside Algonquin Provincial Park, I knew we had to take advantage of this opportunity.
And we were rewarded. Such a lovely bike ride along a trail devolved from an old railway. Following this we enjoyed a campfire grill dinner including marinaded steak and burgers.
The following day, we spent a lazy morning enjoying the campsite and a pair of good books (and, in my case, a bit of work e-mail, I must confess). 's friend Tegan joined us later in the day and the three of us went for a lovely outing on the appropriately, if uninventively, named Canoe Lake. There was plenty of wildlife to be seen, including loons and bull frogs. We even saw a moose!
We three stayed up late into the evening singing and playing guitar with abandon. Hopefully the nearby campers didn't mind too much.
(Belated post. The events described herein transpired on Tuesday, July 7th 2015.)
This is the fist time I've ever camped right on the shore. In the past I've had the privilege of camping near enough to a river such that I fell asleep and awoke to the sound of running water, but that's the extent of it. There is nothing quite like waking up to the sound of waves crashing just feet from your sleeping bag.
The night was cold (40°F); colder than I expected, though I admit to having foolishly neglected to take a look at the expected weather conditions through our itinerary before leaving. Thankfully my sleeping bag fully cinched up plus an extra layer on my torso was enough to keep me warm and asleep.
Today we slept in and had a late morning, lazily dozing to the sound of the
Alas, tomorrow we leave. But tonight I fall asleep once again to that lovely and unrelenting sound.
(Belated post. The events described herein transpired on Thursday, July 16th through Saturday, July 18th 2015.)
What a whirl the last few days have been. After a short stop picking up supplies as well as 's mum, we were off to Acadia National Park. Jason also had a couple of friends who happened to be in the same campgrounds the first night we were there, so we all got together at our camp site for some food and drink, including campfire popcorn! To the surprise of all, it was delicious and perfectly done!
The following day, Jason and his mum split off for kayaking while I spent a few hours biking the main loop of the park -- a beautifully paved road perfect for cycling.
We cut our visit short, however, on account of heavy rain on its way. Instead of spending an afternoon and evening in the rain at the campsite, we decided to pack up early and head home with a day to spare. The drive was as easy as should be expected mid-day on a Saturday, with only mild traffic. We also got to see a pretty cool bridge on the way back.
It was great to go away, but it's good to be back. Until the next road trip, then!
Those who have followed my road trips in the past know I love arches of any sort. Though this isn't quite anything near the level of Arches National Park in Utah, I did thoroughly enjoy our trip to Hopewell Rocks today. We returned to the visitor center and cafe after a ninety minute walk through the park mostly wet, as some light rain started to fall about an hour into the outing. Of course we didn't bring backpacks or rain gear for such a short walk.
After warming up in the cafe over dinner, we headed back to Moncton for the night; indeed the very same hotel we were at just three nights prior. Tomorrow a light day of driving lies between us and Acadia!
Today we drove to Prince Edward Island, visited an old church, rented a pair of bikes for another 24km ride, and then hit our motel for the night, with some stops for food thrown in between.
But as I sit in a motel room on this beautiful island I can't think of much else than an ongoing and worsening condition that has befallen my DeLorean. A few days back I mentioned what I thought might be a chirping sound. Over the last couple of days it's become much more evident: far past the point of me wondering if it's there; now at the point of me wondering if it's going to become more than just a nuisance before I get back home. Since it's more prominent now, I can identify it as the sound that a bearing makes when it's dry. It seems to be coming from the transmission, only occurs when the clutch is fully engaged, is in time with engine RPM, and is louder between 1800-3300 RPM. My initial thought is that the throwout bearing needs to be replaced – not a job I'd attempt myself without a lift and some experienced hands alongside mine. This has me a bit worried as one might imagine, but not cripplingly so.
Besides the noise, and a few other noises that I can easily identify as relatively benign and fix when I'm home (emergency brake squeaking occasionally when in reverse, engine cover grates vibrating occasionally at idle, speedometer cable occasionally scraping against left wheel when turning left) the car is performing better than it ever has. I've consistently achieved just shy of 30mpg!
I'll see how things go and talk to my mechanic in Chicago soon.
(Belated post. The events described herein transpired on Saturday, July 11th 2015.)
Once in a while timing just seems to really work in our favor. Here in Quebec City the rain last night was so tremendous that it caused a power outage in the area of our hotel for the night. It was easily the most raucous bout of wind, rain and lightning that we've seen thus far on the trip, and we couldn't be more delighted to have a calm, dry place to sleep for the night. One whose walls will not bounce and fray to the whim of the weather.
The day of driving went without issue and we made it exactly as far as we'd hoped to. I suppose the most interesting part of it for and I both was just how serious everyone here is on that whole French language thing. Granted, literally everyone I've spoken with here in Quebec has spoken English with aptitude, but the transition in signage was jarring.
Tomorrow, we press on to Prince Edward Island with absolutely no plan as to what we'll do when we get there.
As driving days go, today was fairly light. We set off from the Agawa Bay Campground in Lake Superior Provincial Park at about 10:30am and arrived in North Bay by 8:30pm with a couple of short breaks for gas and a couple of one hour breaks for food.
Today I saw the first real issues with the car. First, early in the morning, my emergency brake was squealing while reversing. No big deal, probably just a little bit of oxidation on the rotor on account of the rain two nights prior. Already it seems to have gone away (when reversing). Secondly I noticed that my tachometer was a bit off. Perhaps this is a result of some water that worked its way onto the signal wire connection at the transmission? This rectified itself completely and gradually over the course of an hour or two of driving, so I’m not too worried about it. Thirdly, — and I’m not even sure this is real — I could have sworn that there was a faint chirping sound coming from the right side of the car in time with the wheel, but I couldn’t identify it and it seemed to come and go from minute to minute. Or it was just in my head. Overall the car has been behaving really rather well.
For a short time today we got stuck in traffic, resultant of construction constricting the road to one lane for both directions to share, on the Trans-Canada Highway. I ended up driving between 0-2mph for a half hour or so with the doors up for ventilation. The weather was perfect for it, and the door being up kept me perfectly in the shade with a lovely breeze. Not a bad way to sit in traffic.
The day came to a lovely close when we caught the sun setting over Lake Nippissing, a one minute walk from our motel tonight.
(Belated post. The events described herein transpired on Monday, July 6th 2015.)
I type now with the wonderful sound of rain on the roof of this tent combined with the crashing waves on the beach not twenty yards away. was able to reserve a camp site literally on the beach in Lake Superior Provincial Park. It's simply amazing, and I can't wait to see more of it tomorrow by which point the rain will have passed. The drive up here was gorgeous at least!
We got to the site around 8pm and got to unpacking in a hurry as the rain had already started. We made a feeble attempt at getting a campfire going after lighting some citronella but the rain made this difficult and likely not worth it. Not to be discouraged, we cooked on the BioLite grill under my large beach umbrella and enjoyed our burgers and steaks while watching the waves roll in. A nearby camper was even so kind as to offer us some of his leftover Greek salad following a brief conversation about my car. It was delicious. Though a mild rainstorm is blowing through tonight, the wind was really barely more than a breeze and the rain was relatively light.
Tonight, we see how well the tent holds up to the rain. So far so good. I'm really happy now about insisting that Jason weatherproof his tent before last year's road trip.
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