September 16, 2018
Not going to Halifax for 2 days, having camp booked in Acadia National Park 9/19 and wanting to visit the Roosevelt International Park (Campobello, NB) provided some guidelines for where we would go next. Bob found what looked like a nice KOA in Sussex which is about 3 hours drive. Sussex ( dairy community) is known for its 16 covered bridges, covered to protect the wood and floors from the elements.
The GPS took us through all sorts of tiny PEI roads that wandered through rolling fields until we got to the confederation bridge. It is 8 miles long and took about 10 minutes to drive.
Since Shediac was on our way to Sussex we of course stopped to get more lobster! This time the parking lot was crowded. The GPS then took us on lots of small, pot hole-filled roads to Moncton where Bob wanted to stop at Costco for pizza. There was a traffic jam in the parking lot because there were so many people. It was a fruitful trip as I was able to find a replacement (actually 2!) for my 10” frying pan that had lost its coating and both fit in the allotted space. Also got some lamb shanks for dinner tonight.
Off to Sussex (4,300 population) and stopped first at the Tourist Information which had signs all along Hwy 1 as well as signs in town. Located in an old train station, it was closed! The KOA is barely passable and has no effective WiFi. The good news is that sun is out and the bad news we have no shade. Put up the awning for the first time this trip.
Tomorrow we will hopefully see some covered bridges and then go to St. John, one of the Atlantic’s most active seaports.
Dinner tonight is Costco lamb shanks marinated in mint and pomegranate along with some PEI potatoes. 2014 Marques de Caceres rioja. When we find CA fines they all have “California” designations which means the grapes can be sourced from anywhere in CA. Believe the Canadians are buying based on name recognition alone e.g. Kendall Jackson makes very good wine but it won’t be found in its CA designated wines.