The painful drive

Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Saturday, September 1, 2007

We were supposed to leave at 5 am, but we ended leaving at 11 - which is a big 6 hour difference.  It took us roughly 4 hours longer, than mapquest said it would.  It total with stops we drove 15 hours to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Of course mapquest could not predict that we would be at the border for 45 minutes, plus we scrapped the idea of going through Montréal because it seemed like a big detour.  Most of the way we were stuck behind schoolbuses and trucks on country roads.  Most of the drive at night was not very good because for some reason, 70% don't bother turning their high beams off so you were blinded every couple seconds, plus there were moose warnings all over the highway so I was afraid to go too fast because a moose ain't exactly a puny squirrel!

Eventually, we arrived at our destination, Smuggler's Den Campground in Southwest Harbor at around 1:45 a.m.  Not surprisingly, the campground was full since it was the long weekend.  I did make a reservation and they kindly post a map with your name on it on the front office door so you know where to go.  We were not the last ones to arrive!  The others probably gave up along the way :)
Setting up camp very quietly was a new challenge and we had to give up on the idea of sleeping on a pumped up air mattress.  The air pump was so loud that after about 15 seconds we were sure we would get kicked off so we opted to sleep on the ground.  It was a very cold night but I was finally happy to have arrived.
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