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Confederation Bridge - 8.1 miles long.

King's Landing - Girl in period dress and 2 fellows from our...

Water Powered Sawmill

Cutting a log at the Sawmill

Cradle Butter Churn - swing it back and forth to make butter....

Leaving PEI today with some sadness and a few comments. As we arrived on The Island the weather cleared and we had four days of beautiful sunny weather, a change from the past two weeks. I forgot to mention in the last entry that the soil on PEI is red, almost as red as the soil in Oklahoma. The provincial government of PEI outlaws billboards but the Province operates a sign procedure. Any business may buy up to three signs to direct traffic to their business and these signs are standardized and maintained by the Province. This organized procedure does not detract your view of the scenery and I think is a good idea. Another item is the Canadian government, at least in the Maritime region, controls the gas prices. That eliminates the gas wars between gas stations so all the prices are standardized. That price is high compared to the US. Gas was about 96 cents per liter and it takes 3.8 liters to make a gallon, therefore gas was about $3.80 per gallon. Diesel was about 94 cents per Liter. In Canada there are no One Dollar paper bills, instead a one dollar coin, which is sort of gold in color and has a picture of a Loon on the back and they call this coin a Loony. They have a Two Dollar coin which looks like a US half dollar coin with the center drilled out and a copper penny inserted in the center hole. They call this coin a Toony (as in $2). It is very easy to distinguish these coins from all the other coins, which look like US quarters, dines, nickels and pennies. The coin system makes sense to me. Right now the US dollar is about equal to $1.10 Canadian. When I went to the bank to exchange US for Canadian dollars, I gained money but the prices here seem more expensive than in the US. The guide told us the winters are pretty tough here on PEI. When it snows in late October or early November there will be snow on the ground until spring. The temperatures can be zero and below, Fahrenheit. She said, notice how close the barns are to the house. That allows for a short trip to the barn to tend the livestock in the winter.

Sunday, July 12, we drove back to the mainland via the Confederation Bridge. The bridge is a two-lane toll bridge that is 8.1 miles long and is the longest bridge over waters that freeze in the world and the longest bridge in Canada. Most of the curved bridge is 132 feet above the water, but it contains a 198 feet high navigation span to allow ship traffic. The bridge opened on schedule, on May 31, 1997, which now allows vehicle traffic other than via a ferry. Both the ferry and the bridge are free to enter PEI but both the ferry and the bridge charge a toll to leave PEI. They do not want you to leave PEI. The toll for the bridge is $42.50 for the first two axles plus $7 for each additional axle. It cost $57.50 for the RV plus the Jeep to cross the bridge for the one-way trip.

Sunday, July 12, we arrived at the Fredericton, New Brunswick campground. The RV park owner had hamburgers and polish sausages for the caravan and then let everybody play mini-golf on the park course. That created a lot of laughs and was fun.

Monday a bus took us to King’s Landing, a restoration of the life in New Brunswick covering the period from 1783-1900. All the staff were wearing period dress and demonstrated life during this time period. We returned to the campground for a few hours and then the bus took us to a downtown Fredericton hotel for a very nice Farewell Dinner. After spending three and a half weeks with these twelve other couples, it had some sadness of leaving each other’s company and Canada.

Tuesday morning the host had donuts for all of us and we said our good-byes and each headed out in various directions. All of us enjoyed the trip but we were ready to get back to the states. Carol and I were the only ones that were full time RVers, the rest were ready to get back to their homes. Two couples have four days to get to Iowa to attend the Winnebago Grand National Rally. Carol and I have gone to this rally for the last three years, but we are going to miss it this year so we can tour around the Northeast. Carol and I are heading to Bangor, Maine for some R and R. We then plan to return to Bar Harbor, Maine to see Acadia National Park without the rain (hopefully) we experienced, just before going into Canada.

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