12-Aug-2008 -- We bought a small yacht (sailboat). Maybe I should have stuck with dinghies – less engine and electrical things to go wrong – anyway – maybe one day I will nab a few more offshore points.
In the meantime we are waiting for various small problems to be fixed and so took off to Cape Breton for a couple of days. It rained – it seems to have been raining all summer in the Maritimes. We visited Fortress Louisbourg in the pouring rain and got an idea of how far this place must have seemed from home for the French settlers in the 18th century. The discomfort must have been increased by 2 sieges and evictions by the British!
On the way back from Louisbourg we called in at this point. It lies just 100 metres from the main road between Louisbourg and Sydney – just north of Catalone. We overshot the point of closest approach and came back to a small turn-off with a locked gate. In steady drizzle we walked 30 metres across a track and then set off into the wet undergrowth. At least it was only 70 metres and not too many insects or puddles – just wet foliage. The point was easily achieved and with dry clothes we set off for our next stop – a Gaelic music festival at Christmas Island.