Moncton, NB to Truro, NS

We took our time getting ready to go, talking to another traveler from Florida. We don’t run into many of those. We were on the road at 9:30 headed for Nova Scotia. It’s a short drive of 105 miles to Truro, NS which is located on the eastern-most tip of the Bay of Fundy–on Cobequid Bay. We’ll spend a couple of days here, exploring more of the amazing Bay of Fundy. I saw this stretch of road coming up and the phrase “a ribbon of highway” came to mind.

As we got closer to the Bay of Fundy, things started to flatten out. We crossed over the border into Nova Scotia at about 10:15.

As we neared the river, we noticed that the tide was out in this arm of the river.

As we got closer to the shoreline, we came upon this field of wind generators. We’ve seen wind generators before, but never this close. They were huge!

It was a gorgeous day with sunny, blue skies and a morning temp of 50 degrees when we woke up. By the time we crossed over into Nova Scotia, it was 67. One of the locals told us that we must have brought the sunshine with us because last June and July it rained and was cool until the middle of August. This summer was so much better he said. We have been loving the weather too! Traffic was light for a Saturday and we soaked up the sunshine. The road signs no longer included French with the English and mileage for cities included miles and kilometers. That was nice. The girl yesterday told us that New Brunswick is the only province where the law states that all signs MUST be bilingual. Interesting….. After passing through the valley, we started our steep climb up and over the mountains at 1000 ft.

Then it was another roller coaster ride. There was a little confusion and mistake on my part when I forgot to tell Bob to change highways and we went a little out of our way. Ooops! After our detour, we got back on track and arrived at our Scotia Pines Campground at 12:30.

We took site #83 on Blue Jay Street among a stand of pine trees. Part of the campground was wooded and part was open.

We set up camp and took Auggie for a walk around the campground. He met lots of new dogs and we met a older couple from Nova Scotia who told us about all the places they’d been to in Florida in their RV years ago. They were in their 80’s and stayed close to home now, but still “had camping in their blood”. We chatted with them for quite awhile before leaving to go see the Tidal Bore in Truro at 2:36. After traveling through town, we finally found the best location to see the Tidal Bore at the end of a deadend road.

While we were waiting there, I noticed this beautiful dairy farm off in the distance. It reminded me a lot of WI. I guess there is a great deal of dairy farming in this area of Nova Scotia.

Across the river, we could see others had gathered on the banks there for the same reason we were there.

A young lady had already staked out a place to sit and was patiently waiting too.

She was a local lady, born and raised in Nova Scotia and she shared with us some of her favorite places to go. We had lots of questions for her about Canadian health care, the government, food and liquor prices, and turning right on a red light. She was a wealth of information. The Tidal Bore arrived on time and rounded the bend in the river as a small wave.

It gradually increased until it spread across the river from shore-to-shore.

It was definitely bringing more water with it than the bore we saw yesterday. We watched for over 30 minutes as the water covered the banks and filled the river bed. A huge sandbar that once formed a corner in the river’s path, was slowly covered with water, forcing the seabirds there to find another place to roost.

It took only 30 minutes for the water to fill up the river bed–30 minutes from the start of the Tidal Bore until the river was at the bank’s brim. Totally amazing! The tide swing today was 9.8 ft.

We left there and made the short drive back to the campground, stopping first at a local farmer’s market, looking for blueberry pie and jam. Not much luck with that, but they did have blueberry and cream ice cream, so I treated myself to that. Yum! I also picked up this head of lettuce too. It was on sale for $1.00. Can you believe the size of the heads of lettuce around here? In the regular grocery store it sold for $2.99!

In town I finally saw a McDonalds with a McLobster on the menu. A friend told me to look for them.

Back at the camp, Auggie and I relaxed outside, while Bob worked on setting up the satellite TV.

He was also asked to help someone jump their car. When he returned from doing his good deed, we did more trip planning and made reservations through Wednesday. So far we haven’t had any trouble finding a place to stay. Saturdays and Sundays are definitely days where the locals fill up the campgrounds, so it pays to have reservations. Maybe the price of gas is keeping people closer to home. (The price of gas went up $.05/liter in one day just yesterday.) We’ve slowed down our driving speed to 55 or 60 mph to conserve fuel and enjoy the scenery. That improves our fuel economy a lot. We let Auggie run free in the field across from our site (with a rope attached so we could catch him) for awhile before dinner and enjoyed some cocktails. Dinner was a little later today as the sun went down. Later, that evening we went out to look at the stars. It still wasn’t dark, dark to be able to see a lot, but there were some. We turned in for the night after a great day in Truro.

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