It did not start well. On the way into Baddeck we spotted a diy car wash and the door looked high enough for the van. Well it wasn't quite. It was high enough for the van roof, and for the vent and lid on top, but not for the tall black cover over the vent. Some horrible noises ensued, and it looked like I had really messed up our fan vent and cover. What do we do now, being the weekend and all.
I called a couple of RV repair places, the closest 35 km way, and the other 45 km. No way for any help until Monday, and even then iffy.
We drove down into Baddeck, hoping to find some kind of repair place. The local Esso station said it did repairs. They did have a step ladder tall enough to let me reach to the vent. Once I got a good look at it, I could see the damage wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. Nothing broken, just the mounting tabs for the black vent cover bent way out of shape. Nothing but a scraped cover for damage, and it all looks weather-tight still. PHEW!
After some judicious straightening, we were good to go. The good fellow refused any payment for the use of his ladder, so I filled up our diesel tank as a thank you. I'll likely have to do some touchup later but all is good for now.
The we dropped into the Alexander Graham Bell attraction in Baddeck. It's a National Historic Site, and very interesting to browse. I'm sure we all know Bell was an exceptional man; the exhibits here fill in the picture, and we learned some things we hadn't known or remembered.
|The outside of the Bell site|
|A Silver Dart replica, fairly recently finished|
|Small lighthouse just across the way, a 60 km drive to get there though|
|Some pretty boats in the harbour|
|Cathie having a chat with Alec and Mabel|
Later we had to stop for fish&chips, nice view from our table inside:
After lunch we just headed back to the campsite, sat the outside chairs in some shade and fired up the Kobos.