It was a short 43 mile drive Saturday in the rain to Oyster Bed Bridge which is located in the upper central section of PEI. We are staying at the Bayside RV Campground and have 30 amp full hookups with good WiFi and I was able to get the satellite but it is still weak this far northeast. The campground is very nice with about half the sites rented to seasonals and the other half for transients though there were only four other transients here when we arrived. It will close down after this coming weekend on the 20th.
We have really been disappointed at the number of things that are already closed for the season, even though school just started. This is called the "shoulder" season and there was an article in the Charlottetown paper discussing the problem of businesses losing employees and having to close before the shoulder season was over. I can see where that would be a problem for businesses like restaurants where a number of their employees attend school and have to quit when school starts but that isn't a valid excuse for places like the National Parks, the Wax Museum, the Haunted Mansion and the Anne of Green Gables Musical, all which have already closed and we had wanted to see.
After getting set up, we went touring part of the Central Coastal Drive. If you look at PEI on a map will notice three, distinct sections - the Points East, Central, and North Cape. Each of these has a scenic coastal drive trail. We drove the Points East trail from Montague and will drive the Central Coast Drive from here. It is made up of two parts: the northern Green Gables Shore and the southern Red Sands Shore. Saturday we saw the western portion of the Green Gables Shore Drive which included a stop at the Green Gables Heritage Place
. This is where Lucy Maud Montgomery visited her relatives which lived a short distance from her and eventually wrote the Anne of Green Gables series based on her experiences there.
Thursday we completed the Green Gables Shore drive and the Red Sands Shore drive. The central section of PEI appears to be more prosperous, commercialized and, generally more scenic. Most of the scenery on the Points East drive were blocked by roadside trees but that isn't a problem in the central section. Here you can see the rolling hills and farms which can be very picturesque. We could even see the coast much of the time which we couldn't in the eastern section. We didn't spend much time in Charlottetown since we are not into the shopping scene or night life. We did stop in Summerside on the western side at a Wal-Mart and picked up a few things we were running low on. Our next campground at New Annan will only be about five or six miles from Summerside but since we we there, we stopped anyway.
Friday was spent inside the Mothership as it was a blustery, cold (about 50°), and rainy day. We did get to do a little research for next year's trip west but that was about it. When you have good WiFi, you take advantage of it. It will sure be nice when we get back to the US and we can use our Verizon MiFi for internet and not be concerned about whether a campground has WiFi or not.
Saturday was college football day. The Gators had another slow start and some obvious defensive breakdowns but still pulled it out. They will not be able to play that way and win in two weeks against Alabama, maybe not even Kentucky next week. We are still waiting to see the Auburn game tonight. We are on Atlantic time which is an hour ahead of Eastern so that one will be a late game for us.
Tomorrow we head for our last stop in PEI, New Annan, from which we will drive the North Cape Coastal Drive, about 210 miles.