Rockin' & Rollin' all the way to Woodstock.

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Mill River Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , Prince Edward Island,
Monday, August 17, 2009

Three days in the land of Anne and we didn't visit Avonlea or Green Gables. We didn't do the waterslides or the amusement park, the gift shops, the golf courses, nor the craft stores, or the other "tourist" spots. Nope, we avoided all that.

Friday night we rushed back to Charlottetown for Disco Cirque and some Cows Ice Cream, (the best ice cream in Canada), on Saturday we lay on the beach for a few hours until we started to look like those PEI lobsters they advertise everywhere.

On Sunday I let Alexis sleep in. And she took advantage of that choice. Almost noon before she crawled out of her shell. Then we took a drive west along the Green Gables Shoreline, south down to Summerside, stopping in Kensington to take a few photos of more churches and some Ice Caps at Tim Hortons, east along the Red Sand Shores stopping at Chelton Beach and continuing on to Crapaud before beelining back to Cavendish.

Then it was laundry day and get ready to move on day.

Part 4 in Paul's continuing tire saga. Told you this would be a never ending story. Saturday morning, as Alexis slept, I drove back to Charlottetown (for the upteenth time), to pick up the other replacement tire and get it installed at OK Tire. The new tire installed on the rear (matched set in the back now) and the old tire that was on the rear axle at the rear of the truck bed. Sunday night, in preparation to move on today, check the tire pressure on all the tires (I knew the tire shop wouldn't have put enough air in the new tires as they wouldn't have taken into account the extra weight from the 5th wheel trailer). I decide to move the spare tire from behind the 5th wheel hitch to the front of it (by the cab, where I usually have it). Guess WHAT?

That tire also has a twisted belt. Ha ha! Now that's not very funny. One after the other the tires are falling apart. It's not surprising considering they are close to the end of their useful life. They are warrantied for 50,000 miles and I've probably driven on them for over 75,000 kilometres, with most of those pulling the trailer. They've lead a tough life.

So now I have a spare that is pretty well useless. I was hoping to get back to Calgary before replacing the final 3 tires. Now I have to decide if I'll do that sooner. I still have about 15,000 kilometres to drive before getting back to Calgary. Decisions...decisions!

Laundry. I get the 3 loads in the washing machine and head to the garage to put air in the truck tires. I come back and start chatting with a woman from Virginia. I gave her one of my business cards and said she'd email me and  we could meet when I drive back through the States. We'll see if I hear back from her.

She leaves and I start chatting with another woman. This woman lives on les Iles de la Madeleines (a few little islands between PEI and Newfoundland that are part of Quebec). The only way to get to them is by the ferry out of Souris, PEI. The islands have a population of about 15,000. A couple of times a year her and her husband come to the mainland to shop for the stuff they can't get on the islands (which is most of the stuff). What they do have on the islands is quite expensive. It was quite interesting hearing what it's like living on these isolated pieces of land.

Today we moved on to the west side of PEI. The end of this part of the journey almost over.

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