Leg 4 – Hampstead to the Island – #LexGoFurther – A Ford Escape

This leg of the trip was more leisurely than I expected.

I had arrived at Dani’s after her girls had gone to bed, so I expected to wake up at the crack of dawn to the sound of a household of young teens getting ready for the early bus to school. I expected to get a little tiny amount of bustling time with them before they got on the bus and I got on the road for the island. And most of that happened, but rather than staying up Dani was kind and suggested I go back to bed. So I did.

Bunny Makes A Friend - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
Bunny on Bunny Napping – Photo By Jennie

When I got up for real she made me a wonderful breakfast, I made an outrageous 9 phone calls to confirm my parking plans for the Ford Escape while I was on the island and some back and forth on coordinating crossing.  I expected just to park, and walk across the river, but others had other plans.  The benefit of that was I got a great visit with Dani and, in the afternoon, Jenny too!

Jennie Got The Camera - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
Sneaky Selfie with Samsung – Photo By Jennie

In the morning Dani & I went and visited her horses up this outrageously steep hill, the kind you would see in San Francisco which is why San Fran always reminds me of home.   Her in-laws live on the hill and have a magnificent view of the Saint John River.
Touring Hampstead - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
Dani tended the horses while we chatted about my plan to drive the ice road.
Touring Hampstead - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
They started making up news headlines for when things went wrong New Brunswick Native Drowns While Driving The Ice Road”; “Lucky Torontonian Cheats Death After Going Into The River”; ”  “Ford Adventure Goes Horribly Awry”.   Oddly enough, no one said “Boring Crossing as Lex Drives The Ice Road With No Incident”.

After much laughing, some of mine nervous, Dani and I went on a tour of Hampstead. We visited her favourite potter,
Clay Design Pottery - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape

Touring Hampstead - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
Lex Ready to Drive – Photo By Dani

Went down to the Hampstead Wharf where the river boats used to stop regularly
Touring Hampstead - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape
and then headed back to her house for lunch.

I was back on the road at around 3pm.  Driving the back route down to Quispamsis.

The back route is mostly comprised of short drives between ferry rides.  In fact, while it takes a little over an hour, it’s only about 50 km and 3 ferry rides.  And all the ferries in New Brunswick are free, so it’s like 3 mini cruises.

First the Evandale Ferry
#LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape

Then the Belleisle Bay Ferry
#LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape

And finally the Gondola Point Ferry, which I drove right onto, so there was no photo op.  I parked the Ford Escape at a friends, where it would stay for a couple of days while I was on the island and hustled to the river.

I got on a skidoo for the very first time in my life and “drove” home.
Ready to Cross - #LexGoFurther - A Ford Escape

Trip Stats – Hampstead to the shore of the Kennebecasis

Departure:  2:50pm         Arrival: 4:17pm
Time: 1:06h
Leg 3 Distance: 47.7km

Average Fuel: 9.4 l/100km
Distance to Empty:  89km
Gas purchased: $95 = $61 (43.916l @ $1.389) + 34 (25.972 @$1.309 )

Total Gas Costs: $151.71  (113.812l)

Odometer: 018716
Photos taken:  654 (not counting the 120+ Jennie took when she got control of the camera)
Total Distance Travelled:  1564km

Leg 4 Photo Slideshow

Note: this post is part of my Lex Go Further – A Ford Escape series sponsored by Ford Canada.  If you want to know more about what trouble I get into, you can read my disclosure statement here.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

5 thoughts on “Leg 4 – Hampstead to the Island – #LexGoFurther – A Ford Escape

  • March 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Danielle Gauvin Thomson you might want to check this out and let me know if the photos in here are okay. 2 are Jennie’s, so you might want to give her a look too. Thanks for a wonderful visit!

  • March 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    The pictures are great! And you are welcome. I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

  • March 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Thanks Dani, I’m glad you like it. I had a lot of fun with you that day.

  • April 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    good to see that Travel Bunny is getting some quality time with his kin.

    • April 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      grrrr It was an interesting visit.  Luckily they didn’t get into the carrot juice.


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