Monday, July 04, 2016

An Oopsie on the Way to Truro, Nova Scotia- July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July fellow Americans!!

We left Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick a little after 9am this morning to make 146 mile drive to Truro, Nova Scotia.  It was a very pretty drive through hills and valleys covered in green, mostly pine trees.  Entering the province of Nova Scotia we stopped at a welcoming/information center.  When we tried to return to the Trans Canadian Highway 2 the way we had left it we suddenly found there was not a return ramp to do that and we were on a little country road.  There wasn’t anywhere to turn the motorhome around and the GPS kept repeating “make a legal u-turn when possible”- and she was quickly shut off.  Finally, after 2 miles we found a dirt road spurring off the road we were on.  There was no traffic on this road- what a blessing!.  So we unhooked the car from the motorhome and turned the motorhome around and then hooked the car back to the motorhome.  Sooner or later this scenario happens to most RVers and some more than once- isn’t that right Tom?  

About 12:20pm we arrived at Scotia Pines Campground a little south of Truro.  Checked in at the office was assigned a site but when we got to the site it was occupied.  Quickly, I returned to the office and was given the okay to occupy another site.  The occupiers of the first site were in the wrong site.  After parking the motorhome and connecting the electric and nothing else we hurriedly jumped into the jeep and headed to the area of viewing the Tidal Bore, the reason for this stopping point.   The Tidal Bore is another natural phenomenon that is caused by these high Fundy tides.  The incoming tides are so significant that they reverse the flow  of rivers (in this case the Salmon River) that flow into the Bay.  When the tides and rivers collide, a wave ( tidal bore ) forms and travels upriver.  The timing of this occurrence is according to the tide and today it was posted to be at 12:55pm.  It was about 1:15pm when we got to the viewing area.  We had missed the beginning of this event but still able to see wave movement and the rapidly rising tide.  This lasts about an hour.  We could see the wave movement abating with time.  We were told at the Interpretation Center at this area that the river empties out fairly quick but not as quick as the filling.  The water is very muddy- looks like a river of milk chocolate.  Seeing the mud filled river beds  and low tide mud flats, it is no wonder that so much mud is churned up with the incoming tides.

For lunch we drove into the town of Truro.  Murphy’s Famous Fish and Chips had been a restaurant pointed out to us by the lady working at the interpretation center.  It was a very good choice.  Although there were other items on the menu we chose the fish and chips special- 2 pieces of fish, fries and cole slaw.  These were the best and most reasonably priced we have had on this trip- nice thick crispy fried fish and even good cole slaw.