Day 760: Cape Breton Island to Moncton, Nova Scotia

Shabbos in Sydney, Nova Scotia, was nice, with perfect weather.  I’m so glad to see the beginnings of Autumn.

Today we said goodbye to Cape Breton Island and drove east to refill our water in Amherst, Nova Scotia.  Last time we used a water bandit to mate our garden hose to the supply hose at the water station, which worked but we ended up soaking wet since the supply hose put out more water than the garden hose could handle.  This time we had the supply hose pour into a garbage can, then used the transfer pump we usually use with our 45 gallon water bag to pump the water from the garbage can into the RV:

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Just in time for leaving Nova Scotia (New Scotland), Trish finished her Scottish-craft Rug Hooking pillow project:

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We drove about 300 miles today to overnight at the casino in Moncton, New Brunswick, which we last visited a few weeks ago.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 747: Biking in Moncton

It’s another cloudy day here at the Moncton Casino, but at least it’s cooler today:

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After homeschool, Trish and the kids went shopping, and I went for a bike ride.  I almost immediately met up with Pablo, a local cyclist, and he proceeded to take me for a 35 mile tour of the area with 2200 feet of climbing:

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It was a great ride.  Nice meeting you Pablo!

Tomorrow we will hit the road, bound for Nova Scotia.

Day 744: Fundy National Park

Unlike their US counterparts, Canadian Walmarts have WiFi, which is great.  At the Walmart, we bought a Chatr SIM card for our unlocked phone.  $60 Canadian (about $45 US) buys unlimited in-Canada calling and 2GB of data for a month.  Like the last time we visited Canada, I used a free Canadian DID from Les.net and a free PBXes.com account to route inbound and outbound US calls through a Canadian phone number to avoid Chatr’s $0.20 a minute international call fee.  As far as Chatr is concerned, it’s a free domestic Canadian call, and I pay fifteen-hundredths of a cent per minute to Les.net for making the Canada to US portion of the call.  Not too shabby!  See the link above for diagrams and more geek-talk.

Today we drove east to Fundy National Park, which preserves one of the last Acadian forests in New Brunswick:

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We hiked the Caribou Plain trail.  The trail leads to a viewpoint overlooking a bog.  The bog here is about 12 feet thick, with successive layers of sphagnum moss growing on top of each other, leaving older layers below to accumulate as undecayed peat.  At this viewpoint, the peat pile is so thick that the pile slumped as it slid downhill, leaving a water-filled depression called a flark:

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The kids dropped sticks and rocks into the flark to test its quicksand-like characteristics.  From time to time, moose become mired in the flark and die if not rescued in time:

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After finishing the hike, we continued east.  We ran into road work, which reminded us of Alaska:

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We reached the visitor center for the park:

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The kids completed their Parks Canada Xplorers workbooks and received their dog tags:

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We went for a hike on the Dickson Falls trail:

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Silver Falls it ain’t, but it was still pretty:

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We drove down to the shore of the Bay of Fundy:

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Leaving the park, we continued east and happened upon this lovely turnoff with access to the bay:

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This is the first sandy beach we’ve seen on the Bay of Fundy:

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We were chased off the beach by a thunderstorm, so we continued east and north to Moncton, New Brunswick.  The plan was to spend Shabbos with the Jewish community here, but the parking didn’t work out so we drove to the other side of town where we will be parked at the Casino New Brunswick.

Good Shabbos from Moncton, New Brunswick!  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.