Monday Morning Musings

Posted on August 25, 2019 under Monday Morning Musings with 2 comments

“And the fiddle tunes flowed like the clear Margaree”

As you can tell, I’m posting this from my phone. Carrying a laptop around the Cabot Trail is not advisable! I’m posting this today for two reasons: I won’t have any cell phone or internet connection all day tomorrow. And… I lost my charger today between Belle Cote and Cheticamp

The first two days of my walk for Simone have been very rewarding. The weather has been spectacular. There’s no humidity and there’s been a steady breeze. I’ve met many wonderful, kind people mixed in with a few first class arseholes.

A special shoutout to James Andrews, the bartender at the Fire Hall in Margaree Forks for wearing out his fingers trying to call everyone he knew in the community yesterday to take me in for the night.

I hit the jackpot with a recommendation from a former neighbor on Ross Street who recommended Bill C. Bill and his late wife raised 8 children of their own and fostered 200 others. That’s not a typo. I was #201! Bill was warm and generous and even made me a bologna sandwich. He has a great sense of humour. Thanks to MFR.

Also, a big thanks to Molly and Pat from Detroit, Michigan who stopped to check on me just outside Margaree Forks. They pulled up and asked me how I was doing. We had a great chat and they gave me an ice cold Stella. Lovely people.

About the aforementioned arseholes. I was standing in line at a lovely new ice cream shop in North East Margaree. A 40ish couple came into the shop. They were in the lineup BEHIND me. They saw the Simone banner on my knapsack. I told them what I was doing and that I needed a place to stay in Margaree Forks, 8k down the road.  The woman told me that they were from the Forks but that I couldn’t stay with them. They were too busy . They then proceeded to jump the queue so that they could get ice cream for themselves and their dog who was waiting patiently in their SUV.

Passing through Grand Etang today, I saw a sign for North Indian food. It’s right beside the Coop store. Two young Indian women, students from Cape Breton University, served me a delicious lunch. We had a great chat and I hope to interview them for my book.

I want to send a special shoutout to Raymond at the Silver Lining Motel in Cheticamp for giving me a free room for the night.

I am pleased to report that my fundraiser for Simone has reached $4,700. Keep up the great work.

Tomorrow I tackle the Highlands. Please bring oxygen masks and beer!

Have a great week.



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