PEI...A week in review!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
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Cavendish KOA

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Saturday: We toured the Points East Coastal Drive...but only the southern portion. We saw a few lighthouses, rolling hills and lots of water. We fried up some fish for supper then played a quick game of world domination...ie. a game of Risk. This game normally takes a few hours to play. But I had a headache and the gods favoured me by providing me with the resources to quickly dominate a few continents and in the end, take all of Nick's armies and then Alexis’. Within an hour I controlled the World. A few games of cards after that and then off to bed.

Sunday: A drive into Charlottetown, lunch on the waterfront at the harbour, and a walk around town. It was an amazingly beautiful day. Then we drove to Victoria Park and walked along the water. Alexis suggested we cut across a field to see some stately homes and by chance, coincidence (NOT), I thought I saw someone I knew.

Derek and his fiancÚ, Amber, are from Calgary and are performing at the Charlottetown Festival in the plays Anne of Green Gables the Musical and Disco Cirque. Derek is my trainer at the gym and Amber is Alexis’ chiropractor. When Derek left Calgary in May I mentioned we’d probably be in Charlottetown at some point in time over the summer. Yesterday I had sent him an email saying we were hoping to see one of their shows today. He replied stating that there were no shows on Sunday and that they were busy all day and so we couldn’t meet up. What would be the probability that we would just "run into them"? Earlier in the day as we were having lunch I had thought that maybe we would. Charlottetown only has 35,000 residents plus another 10,000 or so tourists. Why not run into people you planned on seeing? My life as I live it now. (yes, I promised no long dissertation on my life theories in this blog). More on that later on my website.

We chat with them a while then we head back to the camper. Alexis has to pack as she’s going to go visit Emily tomorrow for a few days.

Monday: Miserable, rainy, misty, day. Drive Alexis to Emily’s at the north-eastern tip of PEI and Nick and I hang out at the trailer. We have supper then Nick drives to the ferry to pick Louise up. Louise takes the truck to go visit Denise. She’ll be back in the morning to take the ferry back to Nova Scotia and John. Nick and I watch the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the story of a teenage orphan from Mumbai who ends up on the India version of the TV show Who wants to be a Millionaire and ends up winning the grand prize of 20 million rupees. The question remains, how could an orphan from the slums know all the answers to the questions on the show? The answer?

One day I’ll answer that question in my second book and the movie script I’ll be writing.

Tuesday: Louise shows up at 11h00 and Nick drives her to the ferry.

Tennis anyone? A warm, cloudy day and Nick and I decide to play some tennis. Neither one of us has played for years. The one problem? No one knows where there are tennis courts. We drive into a couple of towns and ask. No one knows. Maybe in the next town! Finally we find them at the Brudenell River Provincial Park...our first/fourth choice for a camp spot. Three sets. Nick-set one, Paul-set two, Nick-5 games to 1, Paul-makes a rousing come-back 5 to 4, then Nick wins the third set, 6 to 4. Old guy almost beats the young military man.

Wednesday: Up early. Truck repairs day. In Charlottetown by 8h30 AM. Pick up tire. Drive to OK tire for oil change, new tire install and tire rotation. S/b about an hour. Nick and I head to Timmies for a coffee. Get a phone call from the tire shop. We got a problem.

Part 3 in Paul’s continuing tire saga. A second tire has a twisted belt. It’s toast. Back to the auto parts store to order a second tire. S/b in by Friday. Part 4 to come.

Auto repairs done, Nick and I drive out towards Cavendish and drive along the coast. We stop at the Anne of Green Gables tourist destination. Decide against going in. But I’m sensing some problems with the truck brakes. The brake pads look quite thin. Surprised OK Tire didn’t mention anything. Better get that fixed. Decide to get that done at a town closer to the campground instead of in Charlottetown. Nick and I drive along the northern coast for a while then cut cross-country to get back to the campground. Stop in Montague at the auto repair shop. Can he fit me this week? Friday...8 AM...PERFECT!

Thursday: The guy at OK Tire had told us that we had to stop in for the best Island Fish & Chips in St. Peter’s. Since we were heading, more or less, in that direction to pick up Alexis, we stop there on our north east tour of the Points East Coastal Drive. We pick up Alexis and then back to the camper for our “Last Supper”. Nick is on the road to Ottawa in the morning and I won’t see him again till who knows when...maybe Christmas, maybe next Spring Break, maybe not until next summer. We play more cards and off to bed.

Friday (today): Nick up and on the road by 6h30 AM. We say our goodbyes. I get up a short while later for the 30 minute drive to Montague to the repair shop. S/b no more than an hour. I take a walk to Tim Hortons. Get a call a short while later from the garage. One of the brake callipers is seized and the rotor needs replacing. Could be a problem if no one in town has the parts. Could be a BIG problem. Today is moving day. We have a reservation at the Cavendish KOA on the north coast of the Island. I walk back to the garage an hour after that. Trucks fixed. Lucky me? or, was there no reason for me to fret because it was never a concern that the parts would be available?

Back to the trailer. Pack up. Move to Cavendish. Shower, dress-up. Drive back to Charlottetown. Go to the theatre. Derek had mentioned that Disco Cirque was the show to see. We were to meet at 6h45 as cast members get ticket discounts. We meet up and he can’t talk. He’s lost his voice. Not good for an actor in a musical. He says the tickets are on him. Thanks Derek!

The show was amazing. Even with Derek lip-synching. He and Amber do this amazing acrobatic demonstration. They wowed the crowds.

Back at the campground by midnight. Off to bed.

Week one in PEI over.
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