July 22, 2006

Essex Junction, VT to Yarmouth, NS

We left the campgrounds at 6:42 a.m. ET. Stopped for breakfast in New Hampshire at a small place where no one was in a hurry to do anything. We had to wait about twenty minutes to get seated, but the food was pretty good. We hit Portland, Maine about 11:30 a.m. ET. We had an hour and a half before we were to board the Cat ferry for the 250 mile trip to Nova Scotia so we walked around the harbor for a short time and then stopped at Three Dollar Dewey's for something wet.

Boarding the ferry was a challenge, We stood in the pouring rain for almost an hour. We did have a little entertainment when the 2-up couple on the Gold Wing ahead of us pulled out her umbrella. We found out from some fellow passengers that the trip takes 6 hours instead of the 3 hours we were told when we made the reservations. We had to scramble in the pouring rain to change our hotel reservations on Nova Scotia. The original reservation would have required us to ride about 75 miles after dark, in the rain, with all the moose running around, so we made new reservations in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia where the ferry was docking.

We finally boarded. The seas were rough because tropical storm Beryl had just gone through the previous day and there were some pukers aboard. We both felt waves of nausea, but managed to overcome it enough to keep from getting seasick ourselves. We found a really friendly biker couple and chatted with them to pass the time. They were into ice racing on motorcycles and had plenty of stories to tell about their adventures.

Customs went very smoothly. We found the Capri Inn in Yarmouth with no problem. Kelly's Restaurant was right on the corner. Yum! We were starving and we since we came to the Maritimes to sample the seafood, that is what we ordered. Kelly's served us up lobster and scallops! Oh, my! It was wonderful! We fall into bed at 11:30 p.m. AT (Atlantic Time).

Miles Traveled: 224

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