After many frustrations of not being able to get here or there without a car, I finally rise to the challenge and hire a car for 3 days. Although not as expensive as I first thought, the price doubles with insurance – as a relatively new driver I almost expect to reverse into a post or forget what side of the road I’m driving on. Not to mention the fact that I’ve never driven an automatic before. I ask for a small car as I plan on traveling alone (at least for the first day) and want the car to be as fuel efficient as possible. When I pick up the car it seems they’ve taken my request to the extreme and I’ll be driving a Fiat 500. This car is so small in comparison to most North American cars, it’s not long before I find people taking photos of it, commenting on the “cute” car I have and looking at it in amazement as if a car couldn’t possibly be made so small. It isn’t really that small and would be comfortable for 2 people!
My first challenge of the day is making it along a one way street to the supermarket. At least if I am on the wrong side of the road here it won’t make a difference! I make it, though maybe annoy a few drivers with my slow speed and jerking stops. At the supermarket I meet up with another girl from the youth hostel who happens to be driving a couple of hours in the same direction as me (and has satellite navigation). She has agreed to lead me out of Halifax and as far as Truro where our ways will part. Hopefully long enough for me to get the courage to go solo. The drive goes without incident and soon after parting ways I find myself confidently navigating my one way through Moncton before hitting the Fundy Coastal drive in New Brunswick. On a fast single lane road, I’m happy to start out in a queue of traffic going at a slower pace before finding my confidence and going it alone. I do love how all the sharp bends come with a recommended speed to go round them, as otherwise I may not have slowed down enough for some.
In the evening I visit Hopewell Rocks (apparently New Brunswick’s most visited attraction). The erosion in this coastal area has lead to the formation of flowerpot rocks, that is sandstone rocks in the shape of flowerpots, usually with a tree growing on the top. Visiting at high tide means I don’t get the full picture, but I plan on returning tomorrow morning to see them at low tide, and see how far the tide goes out (the Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world).
A short drive further along the coast and I find myself a campsite in Fundy National Park and settle down for the night.