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Campervan Traveling

20 Aug

We traveled in our Road Trek campervan for the New Brunswick trip.  It’s a very well-made recreational vehicle, actually made in Canada.  I’m amazed at what they are able to squeeze into the small interior (a kitchen, a pull-out table, a bed, TV, a bathroom).  Even more amazing, it almost fits into a regular parking lot space.  We usually look for a space where we can pull-through, so we don’t have to back out with cars crowding us on both sides.

To simplify breakfast, we usually pick up carry-out coffee and cocoa at a fast food place.  In Canada, there are the usual McDonalds, but we looked for the Canadian chain, Tim Horton.  On the third morning of our trip, we had our usual bowl of fresh fruit and a container of yogurt for breakfast inside the van.  Then we parked close to a Ramada Inn so we could pick up their wi-fi in the parking lot.  We’d brought along a notebook computer as a space saver.  It worked just fine for us.

Set out following the lighthouse signs that marked the Fundy Coastal Drive.  The road followed the coast down to Cape Tormentine.  The GPS often couldn’t detect a road and just showed us driving through uncharted forests.  The route followed the coast so closely that the little car icon looked like it had one wheel in the water.

 

Seafood crepe

Seafood crepe

Reached Shediac by noon, so it seemed appropriate to lunch in a local restaurant.  The small city’s claim-to-fame is its lobster festival, but it might be the campground hotspot for New Brunswick.  Quite a few RV parks lined the coast there.  We picked a restaurant at random and enjoyed a seafood crepe and caesar salad.  Couldn’t resist a photo of the giant lobster sculpture at the edge of town.  The local Rotary Club paid for it and the tourists, including us, loved it.

I had to restrain my on-the-fly photography when it started to rain.  Raindrops on the window interfere with photo ops.  To make things worse, the automatic window chose this time to get stuck.  Riding along in the rain with 63 degree temperatures cured me of lowering the window every time I saw a scenic village church. Finally got the window back up, and left it up.

Found a rustic campground near Escuminac that had wi-fi.  Stopped for the night.  I fixed a rather ambitious meal of ham steak, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables in the two and a half-feet of counter space in the van’s kitchen.  Thank goodness for microwaves and propane stoves.

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Canada, New Brunswick, Travel

 

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