Day #176 – Hurricane Ida’s wrath comes to Canada!

LOCATION;  Muncton, New Brunswick – in central part of province.
CAMPGROUND:  Walmart!  Lots of shops nearby.  A bit noisy and lit up, but any port in the storm!
WEATHER:  Rain, rain, rain – all day.  Much cooler.  High 59
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  3 hours

We awoke to the pitter-patter of rain about 3:00 AM.  The sound of the rain in the Airstream is kind of comforting….especially now that our leak has been repaired!  We took advantage of the excellent showers there, and then got set up to leave…..in the rain.

We visited the McAdam train station, a real hub in the early 1920s.  It has been restored to its original glamour.  Thousands of train passengers passed through here at one time.  This is the lobby, that used to be for men only (with a smaller, nicer room for women).

Here is George weighing himself on the scales original to the train station.  The scales require a penny.  Canada doesn’t use pennies any more (so logical), so they kindly provide them.  For curious minds….he is holding steady at 160#.

This is the train station.  True confession – I got this photo off the web, as it was raining too hard for me to stand out in the rain to snap a photo.

On to the public library in McAdam to use their wifi.  When we crossed the border yesterday, we were given an in-home Covid test kit to administer to ourselves within 24 hours.  It requires wifi – to set up an account, and to do the procedure while a telehealth RN directs and watches you.  The library has a nice vestibule where we could sit and do it, without bothering anyone.  It was a very clunky process.  George cursed up a storm!  It was slow getting set up, and then we had to wait in the queue for an RN.  Then, she watched us perform the test, with lots of little details – watching us blow our nose, watching us use hand sanitizer, watching us wipe down the package when we were done.  After about 2 hours, we finally finished and hit the road.

The drive was very unpleasant – hard rains from Hurricane Ida.  Visibility was poor and trucks passing us  blew us around. 

Once in Muncton, where we were planning to stay, we had to find a designated Purolator drop box (like a FedEX box) to drop off our Covid test kit.  It was a little tricky.  Then, on to Walmart, just to crash for the night.

It was raining pretty hard, so we stayed in.  We got out our propane heater, and George warmed himself with a Canadian whiskey.

DINNER:  The last of the salmon!  Tonight was salmon tacos – sauteed salmon (previously grilled) with red bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  Topped with salsa.  We have had 4 meals out of the salmon fillets that a fisherman gave us from Lake Michigan:  1) grilled fillets, 2) in a creamy pasta sauce, 3) salmon burgers, and 4) tonight’s salmon tacos.  What a deal! 

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