Miss Daisy Driving

she finally decided to take the wheel

On to the next one

Au revoir Montreal and hello New Brunswick!

My alarm this morning went off at 4:30am… I know, I’m a crazy person.

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Not only did I want to get an early start, I also wanted to catch the sunrise at the Mount-Royal lookout. The tour bus had stopped there during the daytime but I thought it would be absolutely beautiful to see in the early, early morning. And that it was!

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It is SO hard to capture the sheer beauty of any sunrise; you just gotta wake up early and experience one!

Please excuse how tired I look

Please excuse how tired I look.

Even Shamanda got to enjoy the view

Even Shamanda got to enjoy the view!

Then began the long drive.

And I mean, LONG. Was supposed to be about 9.5 hours, but with stopping once (and then another time at a lookout to take photos) for gas (I’m sure to keep my tank half full at all times, just in case there’s a long stretch without a station ) it ended up being more like 12 hours.

!!!

Needless to say, I am exhausted.

The drive was absolutely gorgeous, though. Rolling green hills, bright blue skies, miles and miles and miles (or should I say kilometers?) of grassland, farmland, trees… and rivers!!! The colors were spectacular. The brightest blues, greens, red (farmhouses)… it’s a pity I had to keep my eyes on the road the whole time! 😉

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P.S. Any photos I take while I’m driving (very few) I take using the “pick up phone, put it where you think it’s going to take the photo you want, click the button to take photo, put down phone and hope for the best” method. I never focus it or make sure it looks good until I am fully out of the car (aka in a cafe right now).

A couple of other highlights of the drive:

  • I passed a car with a Maryland license plate; I instantly felt close to them. And again when I saw a Maine plate. It’s funny how small the USA seems once you leave!
  • The endless number of “Beware of Moose” signs; nerve-wracking to say the least.
  • The sign for Florenceville-Bristol: “The French Fry Capital of the World;” really?
  • Every time I only had 19 miles left!!!!! Until my exit for the next 245 mile stretch, that is.
  • The beginning of the long road to learning all of Hamilton:

Totally restless and still a painful 45 minutes away from my destination, I came across a beautiful lookout.

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Finally, after a bit of searching because the roads are long and windy, I got settled in my new place! “Glamping” (glamour camping) overlooking Fundy Bay. Just beautiful!

The view from my camper!

The view from my camper!

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After I unpacked I hopped back in my car to drive to the neighboring town, Alma! It’s about a 25 minute drive away, so that kind of stinks, but it’s such a quaint little town!

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I had a delicious dinner in the a lovely little restaurant (that happens to have wifi, which is why I’m able to write this post!!!).

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Now, I’m headed back to the campground! To maybe read a little and then SLEEP.

4 Comments

  1. Please sir, can I ‘ave some more? PHOTOS OF THE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE OF YOUR GLAMPING SITUATION?

  2. Too wonderful. What a schedule, hope you have scheduled downtime!

  3. See, this whole glamping thing with wine and delicate pasta I can get behind.

  4. Are you out of your mind???!!!!! 12-hour drives after a pre-dawn wake-up call? Just call her Crazy Girl!

    Love the “Keep it Half-Full” policy though. Let me amend the above: call her Crazy Smart Girl. Hope you have fully put to rest in your own mind the “am I ready for this?” anxieties. 🙂

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