RVing through the northeast headed to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland
A couple of bathers cool off in the Glen Ellis River below the falls near Shelburne, NH. The falls are 65 feet high and are only a short walk off Highway 16. The river begins on the east slopes of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast U. S.
Getting to Newfoundland from our home base in northeast Florida will be across mostly familiar and sometimes boring territory until we reach the northeast. The 2,000 miles to North Sydney, Nova Scotia, where we will board a ferry to reach the island of Newfoundland/Labrador, will average about 300-miles of daily driving in our two-year-old, 32’ Winnebago Aspect. We are not in a hurry.
From Highway 9 at Hog Mountain overlook. The road from Bennington to Brattleboro was mountainous with some 8-10% grades and several runaway truck ramps. The weather was cool at this 2,410′ elevation.
We drove north on Interstate 95 up the east coast, camped in Florence, S. C. (where we arrived just in time for a late afternoon raucous thunderstorm), followed by a few days in historic old Williamsburg, VA. Richmond was bypassed and drove Interstate 64 west to Interstate 81 north where we settled in behind continuous long lines of semi-trucks, also heading north.
From Bennington, VT, we drove through the White Mountains on a very good two-lane road that featured several runaway truck ramps on Highway 9 to Shelburne, NH. Mount Washington, a popular national park where we have previously visited, is only a few miles from Shelburne-Gorham area which accounts for the difficulty we had getting campground reservations.
Just east of Gorham, we drove on U. S. 2, a coast-to-coast highway called the Great Northern. It stretches from Bar Harbor, ME to Seattle, WA. Although a two-lane road, U. S. 2 is a good highway with paved, wide shoulders. It rained several inches overnight but skies the following morning were mostly clear with moisture laden puffy clouds still hanging around the mountains.
Greenwood Lodge, a ski resort near Bennington VT, was not crowded when we visited in late July.
We drove through Bangor, ME then took Highway 9 north, cleared customs at Calais, ME and entered Canada late afternoon, arriving at a city campground in downtown St. Johns, New Brunswick for a one-night stay. We have previously camped here and enjoyed the campground and surrounding park grounds.
Jackson is only about 20 miles from Gorham, NH where we found this waterfall.
The 200-mile drive from St. Johns to Truro, Nova Scotia the following day was on Canada 104, a four-lane, limited access highway. After overnighting at a KOA in Truro, we drove 184-miles to the northeast corner of Nova Scotia at North Sydney, where we will stay four nights before boarding the ferry to Newfoundland. The major highways here are in excellent condition.
Since we have traveled through Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on previous trips, we did not spend any time touring the two Maritime Provinces.
Covered bridge in Jackson, NH, built in 1876 and still open to traffic.
NEXT: Exploring northern Nova Scotia