Goodbye Gaspesie, Hello New Brunswick

May 28, 2013 - 3:37 pm No Comments

This entry will encompass Monday and Tuesday, May 27 and 28, 2013. Yesterday was the first good day of weather since we arrived in Canada. The temperatures were low, but we started the Gaspesie Loop with high hopes. The route hugged the eastern coast of the Gaspe Peninsula. We drove through little villages all day long. The villages were right on the ocean and the views were magnificent. It’s hard to imagine living in a place like this. The house were mostly neat and very colorful. And the houses, for the most part, are very small.

I must say I miscalculated the start date of this trip. It never occurred to me the campgrounds would be closed until June 1, but this seems to be the case. We drove more miles than we generally do yesterday because we couldn’t find a campground open. We found one which was open, but the bathhouses were closed. We stayed for the night on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean and we were the only ones there!!! But it seemed to be safe and we were locked in, so we slept well. The winds howled all day, and as we left the peninsula and crossed into New Brunswick, I realized the cold temperatures were worse in the Gaspesie than down here. Today our temperatures raced into the low 60s, and the sun was out all day, so we enjoyed the drive.

We are going to stay in this campground for two nights, because we need a break from driving, and we also need to do laundry. And this campground requires 50 cents to shower just like the first one, so I think it is the rule rather than the exception.

We are about 75 miles from the bridge which will take us over to Prince Edward Island. This island is famous as being the home of the author of Anne of Green Gables. Her home was Prince Edward Island and she wrote the story about her childhood here. We understand the island is very beautiful. We also hope to get a good lobster meal while there.

The photos are from our drive yesterday on Gaspesie. And as we drive south from the peninsula, English is more often the spoken language. Diesel is $5.50 per gallon.

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