Anyone with experience with old VWs knows that even when operating in top condition, the defroster and heater were notoriously bad. So when the blower motor blew out last week, leaving us with no defroster, heater or ventilation, we had to seek immediate mechanical attention.
It being the week before Labor Day, our trusted mechanics were all jammed up, and the new blower motor had to be ordered from the West Coast anyway. With an estimated potential departure almost six days later, our entire itinerary —- keyed to arriving in West Glacier, MT in time for a September 12 wedding, was also blown out. Wahhh. The point was not to drive 10 hours a day in a marathon sprint across the US, so on Friday we called off the trip.
But, that’s only the western section of US 2, so we turn our eyes to the East, and now have plans to leave September 5 and drive to the eastern terminus of US 2, which is the US-Canada border crossing at Houlton, ME. We’ll then continue on for a few days visiting the geological wonders of Saint John and the Bay of Fundy (22 foot tides, for a start), toddle on south and catch US 1, hole up at Acadia National Park/Mt Desert Island for a week of hiking and biking and lobstah rolls.
Not a bad Plan B… And that gives us an extra week right now to do some more garden work, and a week at the end of September to wrap up more harvesting. Posts to follow.
September 3, 2014 at 08:09
The best laid plans…..
September 3, 2014 at 11:47
We’re actually pretty excited about this alternative, what with the geological wonders AND lobster… 🙂
September 4, 2014 at 10:02
Hey Jeanne, my mechanic is always fiddling with these Westphalias or turning them into car parts. Some serious jury-rigged units out there, yours looks pretty spiffy. You won’t break any speed records! We just got back from Mt. Desert. Do the Beehive trail, spectacular and a bit scary on the climb up. Carriage trails are wonderful, we went up a mountain (not Cadillac) to the top and had a great ride down, 22 miles in all. Make sure to get to Schoodic point, which is also in the park but a peninsula over, to watch the waves crash in at sunset. Good spot for a picnic dinner. The park loop there is one-way and fabulous biking on a newly paved road. Whole loop is like 14 miles. Have hiked in Bay of Fundy, you go out on the ocean floor tidal flats, looking at amazing rock formations, then get the heck out of the way before the tide comes in. DO NOT GET STRANDED! Lovely parks to camp in, and great loops overlooking the ocean to hike on. Lots of farm-raised salmon to eat there.
September 4, 2014 at 10:12
Andy: Thanks for all the suggestions! We enjoyed your postings from Acadia so much – I’m sure it influenced our decisions to take this easterly trip. And after seeing the posts and comments about Schoodic Point, I decided we should spend at least one night/day there on the way from Saint John to Mt Desert, to bike the loop and see the crashing surf. We’re going to spend two days at the NB provincial park on an island in the Bay of Fundy – Anchorage Prov Park, with trails and bike loops and beaches and tide pools and all of it. (PS on the Westy’s velocity — we like nothing better than crusing thru the world at 55 MPH….. 🙂 )