Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012

I left Yarmouth this morning to steady, sometimes vigorous rain that lasted until around noon or so.  Anyway, that's part of not having a roof over your head.  My sight-seeing stops went pretty much like this:

Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse:  Oh, crap, it's down a dirt road and it's raining cats and dogs.  No way, Jose!

Cornwallis Military Museum:  Looks interesting from the outside.  The have a real neat Sherman tank and a T-33 jet.  But, it's 9:30 and they don't open until 10:30.  Crap.

Fort Ann NHS in Annapolis Royal:  Well, it's raining cats and dogs and I'm making good time.  I'll save this one for another trip.

Middleton RR Museum:  Same story, and besides, it's just a bunch of old trains.

Greenwood Military Aviation Museum in Greenwood, NS.  I actually did stop for this and it was pretty interesting.  Greenwood Air Base was one of the air bases that, during WWII, was home to the escort and anti-submarine planes that helped protect the Atlantic convoys.  Today, it's still active in anti-submarine and drug-interdiction roles.  Anyway, they did have some interesting exhibits, including these:

This is a V-12 Rolls Royce "Merlin" engine that powered the Spitfire and P-51 fighters as well as a number of British bombers.

This is a cut-away view of a Wright 14-cylinder radial engine used in a number of post-WWII military and civilian aircraft.

And, finally, this is an Avro Lancaster, a British bomber from WWII that was later used in anti-submarine duty.

After Greenwood, it was a straight shot to Pictou, NS for the night.  Tomorrow, it's on to Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail.

Miles today:  317
Total:  3,695