The ferry saved us a couple of hundred kms and had us well on our way towards todays destination - Cheticamp on the West side of Cape Breton Island. We had a brief stop in Antigonish to stock up on dinner and breakfast supplies, and then drove straight through to our first stop on Cape Breton at Mabou. Once again, we were greeted with the beautiful fall colours that had not been so evident on PEI. It was another stunning drive, even if in somewhat dismal, weather.
To get to Mabou, we travelled along the 'Ceilidh Trail' which runs from causeway across to Cape Breton and up the South West corner of the Island. We stopped at Mabou and enjoyed the luncheon fare of the Red Shoe Pub. By the time we finished lunch, the sun had come out, and we saw blue sky for the first time in days. We arrived at Cheticamp somewhere around mid afternoon.
I have to admit, we were taken aback (not in a good way) with the look of our accommodations, and after checking in at the office that was in no way tidy or clean, I was convinced that we were going to have to go in search of somewhere else to stay. However, it turned out that the cottage that we (ok, actually I had booked), while looking pretty dismal on the outside, was actually very pleasant and functional and suitable for our needs for one evening. We had no one around us, the girls could make as much noise as they wanted, it was clean (!), tidy (!) and quite comfortable. And although the wind was blowing a gale and had a real chilling bite to it, the view was stunning and we saw one of the more glorious sunsets we had seen in a while.
The girls had their own room, an early night and Hubby and I actually watched a whole movie (King Kong) for the first time in forever, without falling asleep, and without interruption. It was a great evening.