The next morning we headed down to the Land Rover dealership to see if they could fix our Landy but they don’t sell any diesels over here so they identified the problem with their diagnostic computer as errors “22187″ and “56825″, but apart from that couldn’t help much. So we headed on east to Ottawa where we stayed with the Williams’, friends of Pete’s family. Whilst eating breakfast with them at the local diner they put a call in to the local paper so we did a quick interview over coffee.
We drove on to Montreal, stopping briefly to admire downtown Ottawa with its beautiful civic buildings. In Montreal we stayed with an old friend of mine, Emilie, and her boyfriend Colin. Emilie cooked us the most delicious food and the next day Colin showed us the city, which we all fell in love with. In the cool autumn light with the trees full of reds and oranges it looked stunning. It manages to combine the French and North American cultures terrifically. We enjoyed our time in Montreal. Many thanks to Emilie and Colin for showing us a great time.
But eastward we must continue and we hit the road – next stop the ferry terminal for Newfoundland, our final stop. We drove through Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia pretty much non-stop doing a 26 hour driving epic. We stopped for fuel, meals and regular brew ups at the side of the road – the Latitude Expedition cannot function without a continual supply of tea!
Eventually we got to Sydney (the one in Nova Scotia, not Oz – we’ve driven a long way but not that far), only to find that the overnight ferry was booked up completely. We’d been trying to make a reservation all day but when we did have signal we couldn’t get through. We were put in the standby line and crossed our fingers that we wouldn’t be stuck there for 17 hours. Somehow, once again our luck prevailed and they let six cars from our line on board. Ours was the sixth!
That night we slept well and arrived on ‘The Rock’ as Newfoundland as referred to by some Canadians, early in the morning and headed off in search of our last land before cornwall.