Thankfully, we must have danced the alcohol off last night, because when we awoke this morning we were tired, but otherwise grand. Never-the-less we decided to take pre-emptive measures and go get a full fry-up, which meant wandering down towards the boardwalk and stopping off at Anna’s Café, where we got excellent breakfasts. Afterwards, it was off to have a wander around the boardwalk, during which we saw some Amish women, watched ‘The English Gents’ – an acrobative due who put on terrific fake English accents to terrible medieval pipe music, but who’s show was fantastic and hilarious, watched part of a juggler/fire breather’s act, tried out ice tea from ‘Such a Teas’ and then went to Cows (Moo, according to AJ) to get t-shirts: Alice got ‘Orange is the Moo Black,’ and I got ‘The Moovengers,’ – I absolutely love them! Genuinely wish I could buy the whole store.
We got back to the hotel with time to update the blog and sort out some more of the photos before we were collected to go pick up our campervan. Now, please keep in mind, we booked this campervan MONTHS ago, and for reasons unknown to us now, had decided to go for the mid-range model rather than the small. When the woman showed us our campervan, my heart stopped for several seconds. It is MONSTROUS. It’s impossible to grasp the scale of it from pictures; only when you see it in person do you understand how big it is.
We didn’t remember that everything in Canada is oversized… The company was completely booked out so we couldn’t even downgrade… I felt so bad for AJ – I was sweating just looking at it, I can’t imagine how she must have felt. Paperwork signed and inspection done, we were handed the keys and told to have fun…Oh and what “FUN” we had getting it back to Halifax, down windy roads and through narrow tollbooths…but we made it! Immediately we needed a little lie down and hug to get over the shock. After dinner in a really nice Thai place we realised…we STILL hadn’t planned where we were actually going in detail. It was time to arm ourselves with the tablet, paper, pens and phones, and head to the lounge and computer to get working. We managed to sort out our first stop – a petrol station, where we would hopefully get maps – and pulled together a short list of potential campsites for the first night. We also decided on a route change – rather than going around the coast, we’d take the direct route towards Moncton and Fundy National Park. This has two good points:
- Not as much driving, making easing into driving/manoeuvring the campervan a bit nicer.
- We can set off later which means we get to join everyone for breakfast before we go.
Happy with our work, it was time to pack our bags and get some shut eye.
I’m both excited and terrified to set off tomorrow.