Nova Scotia to New Brunswick

June 7, Day 1: 016I don’t think a day could have anymore variety in driving. We had lots of secondary roads, some good, others full of pot holes. We drove on a race track (make that I drove), dirt, gravel and tarmac (that’s British for paved roads) and finally on the Trans-Canadian Highway to end in Moncton, New Brunswick.

We left this morning from Citadel Hill in Halifax in the sun but with 025024cold wind. The photo is our send-off marshal. In fact we had wind most of the day and poor Stewball had a hard time holding the road. I’m surprised some Canadian Mounty didn’t stop us and  make us walk the line assuming our erratic driving was due to what we were smoking. If we count the miles sideways, I know we travel more than any other car.

031We were looking forward to the Bay of Fundy, which has the largest tides in the world and is a critical habitat for eight species of whales.  It didn’t live up to it’s reputation. It looked like any big body of water and NO whales. Very disappointing.

I’m looking for a moose but so far, the only wildlife I’ve seen, other than our compatriots at the bar at the  end of the day, was a big fat porcupine waddling along side the road.

028My excitement for the day was driving a Regularity on a race track in Shubenacadie,  a 2.4 km track with 11 turns. Now a Regularity means the rally gives you an average speed and you TRY to maintain that average for two laps. The average was 80 kph. No way could I do this. I am not aggressive enough and  Stewball doesn’t have the power to make up for the tight turns. Even knowing I couldn’t begin to hit the time, it was fun until another driver, when overtaking me, suddenly went to the inside and slammed his brakes, tires screeching. I still don’t know if I did anything wrong, but for a few moments, I was sure he was going to rear end Stewball. I think Ed was more scared than I was because he had no idea that another car was behind us until we heard theses pre-crash sounds. Now, this way sound just a little bit of revenge, but when we got in, this same entrant had his wheels off and the driver was under the car.

Tomorrow we have the option to drive on the Petty Raceway. I will not be doing it. We have three weeks to go, and we are more interested in finishing than scoring well.

We will see what tomorrow bring. The route book sounds interesting and it will be very different from today. Ever heard of a magnetic hill and the optical illusion that it appears you are rolling up hill backward?

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Nova Scotia to New Brunswick

  1. Lynnea M. says:

    Glad to know you’re on the road again. Looking forward to your comments and pictures from the northland and especially those from the roads of Michigan.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      the closest we get to Flint is Bay city. We cross from Sarnia, Canada. Then to St. Ignace. We are meeting Jill and Del in Duluth for dinner and the evening. Looking forward to seeing her.

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