Wednesday, September 5, 2007
It's MUN or Bust: Thursday August 23rd & Friday August 24th
We left Ottawa at lunch time on Thursday August 23rd. Destination: North Sidney, Nova Scotia. Our ferry was to depart on Friday August 24th at 3:30pm, but having drove all night with stops only for gas, coffee, and one 30 minute nap, we found ourselves with hours to spare in Cape Breton. So, the decision was made to make a detour and explore Cape Breton by way of the famed Cabot trail. Although we were very tired, the views from the road side lookouts were amazing and energized us! Tim Hortons in hand and pictures snapped, we made it around the Cabot trail in 4 hours. Before heading to the Marine Atlantic ferry terminal, we stopped for lunch at A&K Lick-A-Chick. This had to have been the best fried chicken I have eaten!
While waiting in line to board the ferry, a second lunch run was made to the nearby Rollie's Wharf. This was our first taste of the local Atlantic fare: deep fried scallops and seafood chowder. Delicious! After waiting in line for nearly an hour, we found out that our ferry (the J. & C. Smallwood) was delayed by a couple of hours. Anxious to get on the boat, we finally boarded at 6:00pm and made our way to our cabin. Going without much sleep for more than 24 hours had worn us out, so we were thankful to have secured a cabin on board with a private bathroom, shower, and bed.
Exhausted, we slept from 7:00pm until 10:00pm when we took the opportunity to roam about the ferry and star gaze. There was considerable cloud cover so there was not much to see. Sampling the very affordable , and surprisingly tasty, fish n' chips on board, we made our way back to our cabin for more shut eye.