Out for a walk beside the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Heading to Nova Scotia around August 1st.

Monday, August 7, 2023

Seems everybody in this area does their grocery shopping on Sunday afternoon!

We've learned that you don't get anywhere fast in this part of England. There are no motorways, not that we would normally use them anyhow, but even the main roads in this area are narrow and curvy, and at this time of year there is a lot of traffic.

We've taken to getting up and doing our driving very early, as soon as we wake up, because it's just easier with less vehicles on the road.

When I was 15 years old in August of 1977, I did a cycling tour of this area with my older sister. The roads haven't changed much, but the amount of traffic sure has! I would be afraid to ride a bicycle on many of them.

Some blue sky!

Thatched roof building.

We drove for an hour and a half or so and found a nice countryside parking space near the town of Bude, and sat there to have a late breakfast. We ended up staying through lunch and didn't leave until about 2:00pm into the town of Bude. The only reason we went in was to go to a Lidl grocery store and do some stocking up. Was it ever busy! Seems everybody in this area does their grocery shopping on Sunday afternoon!

Scenery along the way.

We made our way to a trailside parking lot that made for a great overnight location.

Narrow laneway to get there!

Yep, this will do.

Max at dusk.

The parking was right beside the laneway, but I don't think we saw another vehicle after 8:00pm. I remember waking up at some point during the night and thinking how quiet it was.

Yesterday's drive 64 miles (103 kms).

This morning we are driving to the nearby town of Tintagel where there is a seaside castle we want to visit. It looks like it might actually be a nice day! Only a high of 17C (63F), but with some sunshine. We'll take it!

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  1. That looks like a lovely place to stop for the night! I always try to avoid grocery stores Fri-Sun., because it seems like that is when most people shop. I know it's not always possible, though, especially in a traveling lifestyle.

    1. It was perfect spot for the night, nice and quiet and no one around and a beautiful view to boot.

      We don't normally shop on a Sunday either but after 4 or 5 nights boondocking with not store around we needed to stock up on some essentials. Also in most of the western European countries the stores are closed on Sundays but that is not the case for the bigger grocery stores here in England.


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