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Day 10: Fredericton to Quebec City

After sawing some sweet logs at the Knights Inn in Fredericton, we enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast and gave our thanks to the GM, Norm Boudreau who gave us a complimentary room, and also a cash donation! Thanks so much!

Norm recommended we take a quick dip into Hartland…

Hartland and the world’s longest covered bridge

Sure enough we came across the world’s longest covered bridge! I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to see when Norm described it to us, but it was definitely cool. Bikes sounded awesome in there as well!

Just south of Edmundston my t-bag decided to fall off the bake of my bike! The bag is pretty much destroyed, but luckily all my clothes inside are fine. I managed to get some bungee cords at a gas station to jimmy it back together… unfortunately the the once solid leather bag is now a flaccid piece of garbage.

Somewhere between the t-bag debacle and Edmundston we had a mountie pass us on the highway and wave. When she got just in front of me she blipped the lights for a bit, then continued on her way before we saw her pull over a speeder a short distance down the highway. I’m thinking that she recognized what we were doing and that was her way of saying hi and good job!

We stopped off at a rest stop, and met an Acadian from New Brunswick who happened to have a tire pressure gauge with him. My rear tire had been wearing far too quickly, so we decided to test the pressure to see what was up… I had a shocking 55psi in my rear when the max is only supposed to be 41! I have no idea how that happened as I’ve never put any air into the tires, and when the bikes arrived at Mile 1 in Newfoundland they said that the pressures were all good… maybe just kicking the tires isn’t the best test hey fellas? Anyway, the guy made me laugh when he put the gauge up and shouted “oh &@%#!” when he saw the result!

After letting out almost 15psi of pressure the ride was far smoother, and we had a great ride in to Quebec City.

Quebec City

Quebec City is beautiful, and seems very european. I love the endless patios along Grande Allée Est where our B&B is, and the fortification around the city is something to behold. I think I remember seeing that Quebec City is/was the only fortified city in North America? Am I right?

Rue Saint Louis

Rue Saint Louis

Quebec City, more specifically Grande Allée Est is the most happening place that we’ve come across on the trip so far. The non stop patios and clubs, with all kinds of drunken shenanigans (super troopers anyone?) on the sidewalks is definitely a sight to be seen. Man I wish I had more time here! Oh well, definitely coming back!

At dinner tonight we met a few people from Ontario, and another table from Vancouver, who saw our shirts and thanked us for what we were doing.

Here are the points of interest from today’s ride:

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Day 9: Shaw’s to Fredericton

We’d once again like to send out a huge thank you to Shaw’s Hotel for the accommodations last night, and for allowing us to stay at the oldest inn in Canada. Shaw’s and their staff are world class, and was a true treat! Check this place out!

Shaw's Hotel

Shaw’s Hotel, Prince Edward Island

Upon departing Shaw’s we gassed up and stopped off at TIm’s near the confederation bridge for some breakfast. While there, we saw a mishmash of plates from BC, Alberta, Ontario etc, and upon talking to the riders, we found that they were all riding across Canada for Cancer, and that they have raised over $400,000 throughout the years. AMAZING. Good work by the MAC Rally of Hope team, and thanks for the donation!

Monst at the Bay of Fundy

Monst at the Bay of Fundy

We took the confederation bridge across to New Brunswick, and dipped down into Fundy National Park for a quick view of the bay, before having to turn back for gas. I managed to squeak 348.5km out of my tank before filling up again… yeah the bike was on fumes, and that’s a new record for me. I don’t want to push it that far again.

On the way down there we also passed the 3000km mark for the trip!

Hanging out with the Neon Riders

Upon arrival in Fredericton we had just enough time to drop some stuff off at the hotel before heading to Relish Gourmet Burgers in downtown Fredericton for the joint event with the Neon Riders! From 5-9pm the Neon Riders, dad, and I raised awareness for MS, and raised some money for both of our causes. Rumor has it that Relish was 3x busier than they usually are on a Wednesday night, so I can’t wait to see the final figure of dollars raised via the Neon Riders accountant!

Monst and the Neon Riders

Monst hamming it up with the Neon Riders

Good old Monst made it out to the event too!

Fox 105.3 Events Team

Fox 105.3 Events Team

Thanks to the Fox 105.3 events team for making out out to Relish tonight as well! Great publicity all day on the radio from you guys! Here is a pic that they took and tweeted/facebooked for us:

Misa-Neeeeeeeee-chan!

Misa-Neeeeeeeee-chan!

And finally I ran into Misako, or Misa-Ne-Chan as we called her back at the ski-resort in Niseko Japan that I worked at in ’03-’04! Hisashiburi!!!

Here are the points of interest from today’s ride:

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Day 7: Halifax to Charlottetown

This morning we were lucky enough to meet up with Tim Dunlop and his team from the MS Society Atlantic Division for breakfast. It was great to meet everyone, and thanks so much for the giant card and gifts. We really appreciate it, and we’ll definitely remember how you cheered us on as we left Halifax/Dartmouth.

The MS Society Atlantic Division

Brianna admiring Dad’s bike

Tim commenting on how comfortable my bike is

Lisa was worried she was going to wreck my bike somehow

Laureen and Whitney with dad’s bike

Before fully departing the area, we took an eastern shot to Cole Harbour (home of Sidney Crosby), and out to the location of Sunnyvale Trailer Park… well, at least where it was located. Looks like this wasn’t deemed a national park, or a Unesco site in time, as there is absolutely nothing left there but this fence to keep you out. Just a shame, but was still cool checking that place out while eating some chicken fingers, pepperoni sticks, and stirring my cut off 2 liter bottle drink with my hockey stick.

Sunnyvale Trailer Park… or what’s left of it.

Post Nova Scotia, we took a small dip into New Brunswick before heading over the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island. We heard rumours that it can be quite windy on the bridge, but we had no trouble as the size of the walls on the sides kept the ride smooth.

Upon landing on PEI, it was like we entered a whole new world. The landscape and houses were like nothing that I’ve ever seen before. We feasted on some massive “lobster supper” and I don’t think that I’m going to be hungry again for a few days… especially since I threw 3 pieces of pie and a strawberry shortcake on top of that 2lb lobster that I crushed.

Anne of Green Gables’ House

I cant really remember the story well, but we still decided to stop off and check out Green Gables since we were here. I had no idea that this area had been made into a national park. I guess it makes sense to preserve this though as it’s a big piece of our history. Unfortunately the information area was closed when we arrived, so I couldn’t pick up any souvenirs, but this photo will definitely suffice.

Upon returning to Charlottetown we met with Nigel Armstrong of The Guardian, and as I type this, our story has appeared in their online news.

Here are today’s points of interest:

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Route Planning: Not-So-Rough Draft #2

Ok I’ve tweaked the route quite a bit from what I had last time, and I think that this will work out better. Going to be in the bigger cities on nights when hopefully we can get together with the local MS Society chapters. The distance is about 500km shorter on this plan, but it still covers off everything nicely. The links below will bring up google maps with the route. Google broke it into 3 parts…

Total Distance: 11,940km

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Route Planning: Rough Draft #1

I’ve thrown together the first rough draft of the route, which will likely be modified as I look at it more. Right now I’ve just picked a basic route, and I’ll tweak it after discussing with dad and a few others who’s input I value. As the route stands, its 12136km give or take a bit. Anyway, have a look if you have some time, and let me know if you have any suggestions! Continue reading »

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Confederation Bridge

While looking at route planning, I saw that there was a bridge that connected Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, and after a little searching I’ve found it to be called the Confederation Bridge.

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.

A friend of mine who’s been over it said it was pretty amazing. Not sure how much the toll is, but it doesn’t really matter. This bridge will be conquered.

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Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is a place that I’ve heard of many times, but really had no idea what it was all about until now. Well, I still really don’t know what it’s all about, but it looks like an unreal place that must be seen.

There appear to be a plethora of sights and activities, most interestingly the high and low tides, which are 6 hours and 13 minutes apart from each other. Imagine the image above without the water and kayakers…

I’ve come across varying opinions of where the best places in the bay are, so if you have a personal account that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. It’s obviously a massive area, so I definitely need some guidance as to where to go and what to see.

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