We left Bathurst this morning after taking time out to get haircuts, or hairstyling, depending on your perspective. Sylvia was able to get an early appointment with a lady who used to do Cathy’s hair, and I managed to find a barbershop where I could get in. I walked into Marcel’s Salon right at 9:00 this morning, and I would have been number 6 in line. I figured I’d try elsewhere, or just let Sylvia buzz it all off later, and as I was driving back downtown, I passed a barber pole on a side street and figured I’d give it a shot. It turned out I was the only person in the shop, and the barber was about 80 years old. During my cut I learned quite a bit about Bathurst and it’s history as Gerard had been cutting hair for 58 years. It turns out that his father had a shop in the Chateau Albert hotel that we have a picture of in the Acadian Heritage Village post. The family has been cutting hair in the area for over 80 years, and Gerard’s kids are also in the business holding down chairs in the same shop. I even ended up with a good haircut, which doesn’t always happen when I use a new barber, but Gerard really knows his business.
We then went back to the trailer and packed up to head out of town. We stopped at Ed and Cathy’s to say good-bye and promise not to wait 28 years before we meet again, and then we were off. Most of the area in New Brunswick we drove through is forested and rugged, kind of like a mini BC. It’s only a few hours to PEI, so we weren’t rushed today, but we did have to try and beat the rain. Not long after we stopped in Cavendish, the heavens let loose again. We don’t think we’ve seen such lightning and heard as much thunder in the last 15 or 20 years as we’ve heard in the last 3 weeks.
The trip to the Island includes travelling over the 13 km long Confederation Bridge which is quite the trip.
I can imagine that in winter time the trip can be very eventful, as even on a relatively calm day, the crosswinds were quite strong. Once we were on the Island, we immediately noticed the change in topography from the other side of the bridge. PEI is very much an agricultural area, with field after field of grains, canola and potatoes being grown. One of the first large buildings we passed was the McCain processing plant and the Island, though quite small, grows 30% of the Canadian Potato crop.
Cavendish is home to the Anne of Green Gables tourist area, and looking through the information books we picked up, I think we could be busy here on the Island for a month. Right now we’re booked in for 4 nights, but might try and get more. We’re looking forward to seeing Confederation Hall in Charlottetown, and listening to local music at a Ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee). All we have to do is hope the weather improves.