Running on empty in the middle of nowhere.

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Gagetown Camping

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Leaving Quebec City...on the road to somewhere or was that nowhere?

We didn't know where we would stop for the night. The destination would be somewhere around Fredericton, New Brunswick. That would give us a short drive tomorrow to reach our destination...Prince Edward Island. The drive through Quebec was uneventful. We stopped at the New Brunswick Welcome Center and ate some lunch. We continue on and then I notice that the GPS "vehicle" keeps on going offroad.

There have been many upgrades to the roads and the changes are not reflected in the GPS. We are constantly driving (as per the GPS) where there are no roads. Looking at a map I see numerous towns along the main highway. The fuel tank shows a quarter tank to empty. Good for just over a hundred kilometres when I'm pulling the trailer. New divided highway begins and there's a fuel station sign. I decide I'll stop at the next station (about 30 kilometres away per the map).

We go about 50 kilometres and no fuel station. We continue on. The fuel gauge is getting close to empty. The GPS shows fuel stations about 30 kilometres away, but off to the side where the old highway is. Nothing ahead on the new divided highway we are on. We are, literally, in the middle of nowhere (as per the GPS). There are no exit ramps to get to the filling stations on the old highway.

If we run out of gas we still have the jerrycan with 10 litres of fuel we bought in Swift Current, SK. But that would only give us another 30 kms. Would that be enough? I have no idea where the next station is. Finally the GPS shows a station in the direction we are heading. It looks like we will run out of fuel but have enough with the jerrycan. Then a filling station appears out of nowhere. We quickly pull in. The station was newly built on the new divided highway.

I fill up the tank with 130.5 litres of fuel. The tank only holds 130 litres. The truck was running on fumes as I drove it to the pumps. I doubt I could have driven it another 100 feet without the engine dying. With a full tank of fuel we continue on our journey.

The decision now was where to stop for the night. We get near Fredericton and the camp book says there's a campground there, but it's a half hour detour each way. We continue on. We decide to get to Gagetown. We arrive there and get checked in. I need a rest. Time to update some blog entries. Neither was meant to be.

As I'm returning to the truck after checking in I had noticed the rear tire on the truck was low. Guess it caught a nail in some construction zone. I'll have to put the spare on and get the tire fixed in PEI. Pull the tire off and check for nails. There's no nail. The sidewall belt on the tire is protruding. I need a new tire. A have a slight problem. I have high performance tires that are not that easy to find at any tire dealer. I get Alexis to do an internet search and see if there are any dealers in PEI. Luckily there are. But will they be able to get me the tire while I'm there?

Paul's tire saga...to be continued...
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