Hi to all well finally getting around to update my blog. Yes Pete arrived on Tuesday 2 hours early with me still enroute to the airport. His plane once he got airborne stated they were flying straight through to Halifax and not going into Gander. I eventually turned up to a lovely reunion then went to get our hired car. That was not going to be ready till 1700hrs when he was due to be in . Not the best start so in true British fashion we retired and I introduced him to Timmys.
We then went back to the car hire to be told the only car available was a Chysler 200 s a sporty model in Black so we were upgraded.and we were off, avoiding going on the wrong side of the road and using adial for changing gears , novel but soon got the hang of it.
What have we done so far? Well we have toured downtown river front Halifax and been down to Peggy’s cove twice and even eaten there.
Mr Cunard down at the waterfront
Peggy’s Cove at dusk when hardly any bus tours about.
Of course introducing Pete to my favourites!!!!!.
So we decided next as the weather has been hot and sunny to hit Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail. So we made the journey north taking in Pictou and surrounding area. We stopped just short of Baddeck on the first night and went into town of Baddeck for a fabulous meal. I had snow crab which was fantastic Pete had a strip of beef and the local brew. Baddeck was Alexander Graham Bells summer home and where he died and is a pretty little town set on the edge of the water.
The next day we set off round the Cabot Trail which was stunning it amazed me to see a fair amount of cyclists going up the mountains some fully laden but some being toured about with vans in support.
Ingnosh Beach on a lovely sunny day.
Onward up the Cabot trail and started to climb over smokey mountain glad this time I was in a car and not fully laden on blackbetty who is now safely boxed up ready for her flight home.
Looking down from the top but more climbs ahead
Pleasant Bay looking down from Mackenzie Mountain it was amazing. Signs here are also in Gaelic and the whole island defiantly has a Scottish feel and Scottish traditions strong here in fact even more than some parts of Scotland.
The amazing road hugging the coast line
So yesterday we were up early decided to stay another night in our motel at Whycoomagh for another night as it was so nice.
We decided to head on back on the Cabot trail and into the National Park and go Whale watching. We even commented on how things were going so well then it happened!!!!
We stopped to refuel, now in Britain the green pump is unleaded it was a easy mistake!!!!!! I know our car was top range and had done under 2,00km but we put diesel in it 40 litres as it happens. Luckily we noticed and didn’t start her up but there she was stuck on the forecourt unable to be moved on a busy Bank Holiday Saturday with quing at all pumps. We called recovery and could only do what us Brits do in situations like this and head in and have a cuppa at Timmys while chaos was happening all around. We were recovered and spent most of the rest of Saturday in a tow truck back To Halifax Airport to be given another car mark 2 silver sport 200 yes they trust us God knows why?
Today we spent down in Lunenburg and Mahone Bay as it was glorious weather.
Breakfast of fruit on a very hot sunny day
The Picton Castle at Lunenburg.
Tonight we headed over to Dale and Dorothy’s as we were going to the Bicycle Thief for dinner tonight on Halifax waterfront. Fantastic meal in great surroundings with wonderful new friends thanks guys. The evening was so warm we sat outside and then walked along the front after dinner.
Theodora the tug in Halifax
Dale talking to a guy in a Plymouth. We then went back to Dale and Dorothy house and sat on the deck with a fire next to the lake a lovely end to lovely day.