I have a friend in Topeka, KS and that just about sums up my list of 3 friends I still keep in touch with from high school.
We made a special trip to Topeka to visit Dan. We were bff’s before there was a bff. We spoke about the old times, some that we wanted to remember and some we are still trying to forget about. It was great fun seeing him again. Not sure about Topeka!
He has an RC Hobby Shop and Racetrack called Ultraline Hobbies. If you need any parts or cars..he’s your man!
The story is, Kansas City, better known as Cow Town, has the best BBQ. I am not sure how large of a geographical space they are actually referring to when they say the The Best BBQ, but it sure is good. Did I mention this place is in an old gas station?
The wait to get in was 30 minutes and this is a cut the meat, eat and get out type of place. There is no sitting around having coffee and working on the computer after dinner.
We are glad we went and enjoyed this place. Although, Peter, our friend from Kansas City might disagree that this is the best bbq spot. He did agree it is the most well-known.
After several days we finally arrived in Halifax. Typically when we arrive in big cities there is no place to spend the night in Lucky 8 that is close to the main attractions. Halifax was different. Thanks to that wonderful app iOverlander, we were able to find a parking lot downtown Halifax that is right next to downtown Halifax. We are not alone when we park in these places that iOverlander finds for us. On any typical night there is always another traveler close by. This was no exception. Our neighbors were from Montreal and a few others we didn’t get to speak with.
We walked around an had coffee at Espresso 46. This is not ordinary coffee shop. The ratings on this place are all 5s, and we are talking thousands of ratings. So we walked over there to experience this coffee. It is almost a food truck attached to a small neighborhood market. But getting there from downtown one must a sketchy neighborhood. How was the coffee you might ask? it lived up to the reviews
Our next stop was a memorial. As it turns out, Halifax had an explosion in the early 1900s. Two tankers collided in the harbor and one was carrying something very explosive. The found the 2 ton anchor a few miles away. The town suffered badly. Many died and buildings were destroyed. They erected a memorial that is on the opposite side of downtown so we walked.
Passing through the local neighborhoods and experiencing the local foods and parks is always fun. Finding restrooms when you need them, not so much fun.
Today we went to the town of Truro, Nova Scotia. This is the upper part of the Bay of Fundy where the tides can reach 50 feet. The water on the shore changes rapidly around here as the tides change.
At the Discover Site Fundy you can learn about the tidal bores that happen. This one in particular is at Truro, NS. We watched as a small wave of water pushed it’s way up river and changed the direction of the flow of the river. This new direction happens until the tide changes and pulls the water back out.
We were randomly selected to take another Covid Test at the border crossing. We think the radomness was influenced by the Florida Plates. We were instructed to do a self administered covid test via zoom call with a covid test specialist. Our test kit was given to us by the border control and we had a short amount of time to do the call and drop the test into the Purolator box before the timer expired. Otherwise they would track us down and bad things would happen.
After Belfast we went to Bangor to find the place to get a Covid Test. Our plans are to head to Nova Scotia and Canada wants us to get Covid test 72 hours before we enter Canada. That is fine, we just need to find the facility to do that. As it turns out, there is a shortage of Covid tests in Maine for some reason, or so we are told. The Walgreens offer Covid tests, but they are all booked up weeks in advance. We search the internet and find the Health facility in Bangor does the tests for $100 on the spot, 15 minute results. Great sign us up.
We have a few days before our tests, so we go to Bar Harbor for some hiking and sightseeing. This weekend happens to be a holiday weekend and the campgrounds are full. Luckily we found a place and we are good for 4 nights just outside of Bar Harbor.
There is plenty of hiking to do in Bar Harbor and we wanted to make the most of it. Our goal was to hike up Cadillac Mountain. We drove up this mountain a few years ago and we now want to hike it. We only have 3 days of hiking so off we go.
But first we went to Bar Harbour to have a look around
We left Portland and travelled along the coast of Maine to a small town, Belfast. We lived in Belfast for 6 weeks a few years ago while we were in between houses.
So we stopped here again and actually remembered more about this place than we did Portland. Marina had a Coop that she like to shop at which we went to again and spent a small fortune. We did purchase a duck while we were there and at some point in the future we will grill the duck. I can’t wait.
We lived above the hardware store in town, so we went back to the hardware store to see if the lady who works there remembered us. It was a weird conversation with her. I am not sure she remembered us, or if it was even the same lady, but she certainly wasn’t interested in our conversation.
While we were in Vermont, we visited some boater friends, Sheri an d Roark. We met them in Marathon, FL when we first crossed to The Bahamas in 2013. We travelled with them for quite some time and met up again with them in Vermont a few times as well.
Our next stop is Portland, ME. Once again we are driving across states to visit friends, boater friends as well.
When we met in Portland that was no exception. We went downtown and found a restaurant where we spent the evening talking and drinking, as far as I remember.
The next day our friends left early and we had the day to walk around town. We had been to Portland before, but we could not recognize anything.
This was our last scheduled stop that we have in our itinerary. So far our trip since we left Florida has been, go here to meet friends and family. But this is the last of our friends heading in the northern direction.
After walking around town and trying to find a place that we remembered from our prior visit here a few years back, we decided to move a little further north.