Tulip Is Fine

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An automated phone call from United Airlines awakened me this morning with a message that said Steve’s flight out of Las Vegas (I think airlines need a geography lesson in their routing from Colorado to Nova Scotia) was delayed and therefore his next leg from Washington D.C. was changed to a different flight on Air Canada.  I understood the message to say he would arrive at 8 am tomorrow which would have been two nights in a row traveling.   He missed the plane in D.C. but then luckily it came back because of engine trouble and they put everyone on another plane so he landed in Halifax at 2:32 pm.  He took a taxi to the Wallenius shipping office and then walked to customs and everything went just fine.  Customs only wanted to know if there was liquor, tobacco, or firearms in the motor home.  Customs then called a cab to take him to the Autoport.  He paid the cab and it left.  It was 4:28 and the building was locked!  Steve said he banged on the door for five minutes until a lady came.  He begged her to help him get our motorhome otherwise he was stranded.  So she called someone who drove it up front, checked his paperwork and he was on his way.  What a relief!
I had been trying to call Steve all day and visa versa but the prepaid AT&T phone which is supposed to work calling to/from Canada isn’t cooperating.  He called me collect from a pay phone at Walmart  just outside Halifax where he is spending the night.  At first Steve thought the front hubcaps had been stolen but they were sitting on the front floor board.  Nothing is missing except that he can’t find the license plates which he had removed and hidden.  He’s looked in all our hiding places except the furnace compartment.  In the meantime he put on the laminated copies we had made prior to going to Mexico in Dec 2009.  They have an expired date on them but our registration shows we’re up to date in case he gets stopped.
When we dropped off Tulip in Zeebrugge the agent warned us very strongly against having anything inside the motor home but said the outside compartments should be fine as far as theft.  In addition to packing the outside compartments we hid our things in the following places:
1.  Steve took the panel off the ceiling that curves down to the overhead bed in the very front.  There is a LOT of space there and we used it for clothes and shoes.
2.  He took off the speaker on the wall below the refrigerator and that dead space has only wires.  We put quite a few small items in that area.
3.  Underneath one of the dinette benches is the furnace.  We used some of the extra space and screwed the lid down.
4.  There’s a cabinet under the other dinette bench that we packed solid with books.  First Steve took the lid off the bench and then cut the red and white striped bicycle warning board to fit in the opening of the cabinet door.  Then he screwed that lid down.
5.  The box frame for the bed has the biggest area for storage and many screws secured the top down good.  Actually nothing was stolen from there on the trip over to Europe.
6.  Steve even stashed quite a few things in the water pump compartment that is underneath an outside cabinet.  We didn’t bring back anything that was illegal – everything was hidden just to prevent theft.  And I mentioned previously that Steve chained the spare tire to the bike to the lawn chairs to the toilet with a long cable lock.

Halifax

Steve is taking an overnight flight to Halifax and should arrive there at 11:30 am tomorrow.  Then he will go to Wallenius Lines office downtown to pay the port charges of Cdn $348.  After that it’s the customs office and then a $40 taxi ride to the port.  Hopefully he can get all this done before the end of the business day tomorrow otherwise he’ll be looking for a hotel room.  I’m sure he is going to be exhausted and will be looking for a place to sleep right away.  He has a couple of hours of work on Tulip before he wants to start driving anyway.  Chores like putting the spare tire and bike on the back, unloading everything from some of the hiding places that make driving not wise considering where things are, turning on propane, hooking up the coach batteries, and putting the license plates back on. Then he has a 1700+ mile  drive to visit family in Wisconsin and after that more family in Kansas. 
Steve plans to call tomorrow after he picks up Tulip to tell me how everything went and if anything has been stolen or vandalized.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  I will post here tomorrow and let you know what I hear.

Boats and Buskers

When we arrived in Nova Scotia two days ago we initially planned to head straight for New Brunswick and Maine.  There is a Winnebago View/Navion rally in Iowa mid September and that was the driving force to a ridiculously accelerated schedule to first visit family in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio.  There’s no sense heading south to the heat at this time. plus there’s much more to see.  One of my readers, Clara, left a comment along with her blog address two days ago that got me to thinking and planning more places to see.  Thanks Clara!
Yesterday we drove into Halifax with no real plan other than getting to the wharf area to see the Blue Nose II Schooner because we missed it in Lunenburg in June.  Driving in Halifax is very confusing even with a map and GPS.  We found a street name near the wharf and set the GPS and it took us to this bridge that we couldn’t cross because we were over the weight limit. IMG_5801
The GPS tried again but when we got to where two highways come close together the GPS got confused and we were on the wrong one going out of the city.  Regrouped at a Wal-Mart.  Then we turned off the highway feature and took a lovely road that went along the Bedford Basin into the city.  Much better until we got into the heart of downtown which has lots of traffic and just two lane streets with tall buildings on either side.  I doubt that people see RV’s driving in the city very often.  Luckily we found a parking lot right on the wharf with room for the RV.  The atmosphere was fantastic with crowds of people watching the various entertainers and looking at the boats.  However, we found out the Blue Nose is now in Lunenburg.
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IMG_5817This lady was made up to look like a statue.  Every now and then she would move a little.
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IMG_5827These kids did not look happy at all.  The one in the middle just kept glaring at her mother furiously. 
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Waiting at the Ferry Terminal

We killed several hours in the Sydney Sobey’s parking lot. Sobey’s is the grocery store we like to shop at because we get 2 cents off a liter coupons for Irving Gas Stations. So now we have driven to a spot near the port.  Our ferry leaves at 10:30 tomorrow morning.  Supposedly, we aren’t allowed to get in line until midnight but there is a ferry leaving at 10 pm so we think we can get in line as soon as it pulls out.  We are parked at Tim Horton’s restaurant which is next to the terminal’s fence so we can watch for the ferry to leave. Then we’ll get in line and go to bed. 
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Well the ferry just left and all these RV’s are still lined up here.  We went to the terminal and checked in at one of the booths and found out these RV’s are leaving on the 15 hour trip to Argentia, NFL at 1 am.  We are the first ones in a new line for our ferry tomorrow.  Unfortunately, the early bird in this case doesn’t get the worm  We’ve got a line of 18 wheelers next to us and you know what that sounds like.  Time for a sleeping pill.