Our trip from Pictou, NS to Montague, PEI took us 6.5 hours to cover the 37 miles of which 21 was driving and 16 was riding the ferry. We got bushwhacked in the campground by the caravan! Just as we were getting ready to pull out and hook up Libby, here they came, all 26 of them. This was about 6:15 in the morning. Since they were driving by right in front of us, we couldn't get out to hook up. We finally got out of the campground just before 7:00 a.m. but there were 26 RVs in front of us in line at the ferry landing. We missed the 8:00 a.m. ferry and had to wait for the 11:15 ferry, along with about five of the caravan RVs since there wasn't room for all of them on the first ferry. We completed the 1.5 hour ferry ride about 12:45 and made it to Montague about 1:30. It didn't take long to set up. We have 30 amp full hookups with great WiFi and we can lock on the satellite, but again we are on the edge of coverage, distance-wise, and any cloud will interrupt coverage. We were able to watch the Gators play and that was GREAT!!!
It rained while we were waiting on the ferry and then again just after we got to the campground. The temperature was in the low 50s and this is the first time we have been what you call cold for the whole trip. Sunday, the rain had stopped and even though it was still only about 60°, it wasn't near as cold. We stayed inside the day nonetheless and watched opening week of the NFL. Life is really good!! The next two days will be spent exploring the Eastern PEI coast before moving to the Cavendish area Wednesday.
Monday and Tuesday was spent driving the Points East Coastal Drive. We are surprised they call it the coastal drive as the coast is rarely visible from the highway. There were quite a few lighthouses we visited but we were disappointed for the most part in the drive. Almost all of this area of PEI is farming country and we passed a lot of farm land which is really not very interesting or different from what you would see in the USA in any farming area. We are hoping the coastal drives in the other three sections of PEI we will be visiting will be much better.
On Monday we did go into Charlottetown, when we were near it on the drive, and explore a bit and have lunch at Boston Pizza. We have found this to be one of the best chain restaurants in Canada for a good variety of dishes at a reasonable price. We were not able to get tickets for the Anne of Green Gables Musical as it closed on August 28. We have found we are about three weeks late arriving here as many of the places have closed since school started and they consider the season over.
We leave for Oyster Bed Bridge tomorrow for four nights. It is located in the upper part of the central section of PEI, near the Green Gables area.