|My second week on the road was MUCH different than the first. Mostly about the weather and the changes I had to make to my original plans. I've spent a total of 10 days in Nova Scotia and I saw patches of blue sky only for a few hours the afternoon before my departure. Due to the weather and the fact I couldn't find transportation to access one UNESCO site I had planned to visit, I had to revise my plans. Of course, I knew that would happen, it was just a matter of when it would be necessary.|
So, I arrived from Wolfville on Sunday
the 23rd in the afternoon into Halifax. I checked the
forecast to see if I should plan my visit to Lunenburg for the
Tuesday or the Thursday (2 days with day tours there from Halifax).
The forecast was for rain ALL week. So, I was a bit disappointed
and the thought of changing my plans imposed itself, especially after
I had tried to find a way to get to Joggin, a small town close to
Amherst, location of a UNESCO site (with historical fossiles).
Fossiles weren't that interested to me
in first place, that's also why I decided to skip Miguasha, another
UNESCO site in the province of Quebec, but close to where I am.
Also, since the lodging options were limited and expensive in
Amherst, I decided to extend my stay in Halifax in hope for better
weather. Weather didn't improve, far from that! So, because I
couldn't stay in Halifax for months in hope to have a sunny day
sometime, I decided to go to Lunenburg even with the rain.
I had found an ad on Kijiji for a
rideshare between Halifax and Lunenburg, with return the next day. I
thought it would be a good idea. Besides, financially, that ride
plus the lodging in Lunenburg was cheaper than my night in Halifax
plus the day trip to Lunenburg to spend only an hour or two there.
The ad was from a couple (her originally from NZ, him from South
Africa, currently without a home, moved out of London, will settle in
Australia in a few months) traveling throughout Canada. They had
rented a car and wanted to diminish their costs by having a rider to
contribute. I thought it would be a nice experience to have... and
it would allow me to spend more time in Lunenburg hoping for a good
picture. In bonus, we'd be stopping in Peggy's Cove, to see its
So, upon return from Lunenburg, I
checked back in at the same location I spent the week before, for 2
days, to then leave for the US border crossing as planned on July
2nd, skipping over Amherst and Moncton stops.
During my long week in Halifax, it was
always very cloudy. On the only day without rain (Monday, the 24th)
it was very warm and humid. The rest of the time, it was raining,
plus thick fog That put quite a limitation to my time exploring the
city. I stayed inside most of the time. Weather was affecting me...
and I had the blues. I was bored to death and the stress from last
few weeks came to haunt me again. I didn't see the end of that rain
and I slept a lot. Weather never affected me that much in the past.
I wasted my time browsing the Web and I did some fixings now and
there on my Web sites. I should have been writing here and preparing
my next stops... like finding lodging in Boston.
So, that week under the rain changed my
plans, and I was able to adapt... and find new ways of getting from
point A to point B by using rideshares. I knew I would use that down
the road, probably in the middle of the USA where there's no cheap
bus service, but it was nice to already put that experience under my
belt. I also saw I could alter my plans and it wouldn't be the end
of the world... so that's another positive outcome from that
miserable weather week.
I write you down with a little delay
because I have spent the last 2 days working on my lodging for
Boston, New York, Philly and Pittsburgh. I will use AirBnB for
Boston, due to timelines, and I found some Couchsurfing for both
Boston and Philly. Next stops after that will be Detroit... where
I'd really like to have some local guidance, because of the condition
of the city.
The photo above is the only patch of blue sky I saw in my 8 days in Halifax area!