Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Chapter 17 - Saint Johns to Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Our drive from Saint John over to our campground near Hopewell Rocks should have taken us no more than 2-1/2 hours according to Garmin, but somehow, whether it was my mistake or Garmin's, we ended up near the end of our trip driving almost twenty miles on a poorly graded gravel road in the middle of nowhere driving at only 20 mph or less. Behind our vehicle and trailer was a dust cloud that must have risen miles into the sky. When we finally arrived at the Ponderosa Pines Campgrounds, I jokingly mentioned to our receptionist about our long drive on the gravel road, and she immediately commented "You were following Garmin, right?" Apparently we were not the first to experience such an adventure. In either case, the drive over to our campground was a natural splendor not to be missed. I had not realized that the Maritime Provinces were so mountainous.
On the return drive back to our campsite we took a different route which took us through a small village by the name of Alma. It was here where we crossed a river running into the Bay that we saw a very common sight here in the Bay of Fundy area - fishing boats sitting on the river bottom. When the tide goes out it leaves the rivers and other inlets almost dry and the boats have no choice but to wait out the low tide sitting on the rocky river bottoms. This must really goof up the work schedule of these poor fisherman since the tidal hours are constantly changing.
Once again we relaxed all afternoon and evening. Tomorrow we head even further east, this time all the way over to another one of Canada's provinces, Prince Edward Island. This will be the furthest east that we have ever driven in North America.