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Aug 12

These Days Are For The Riders

by in New Brunswick, Quebec

Saturday (Montmagny – Pohenegamook)
Distance: 162km
Time: 5:48:23

Sunday (Pohenegamook – Perth-Andover, NB)
Distance: 204km
Time: 7:12:14

If you were driving in your car this weekend through Quebec or New Brunswick, you probably didn’t notice it. Sure, you may have noticed the beautiful blue cloudless skies and the just-right temperature, but the subtlety of these two days was left to the riders.

From the get go both days a nice, cooling forceful wind blew me east. When you stopped, you could barely see it, but as you rolled down the wonderfully maintained, bike-friendly roads it was easy. Pedaling was easy. I stayed in the big ring all day, just turning over the feet getting closer to the ultimate goal.

The flag flapping and pointing me In my direction. Sweet!

The flag flapping and pointing me In my direction. Sweet!

Generally, when I camp I get the opportunity to meet people. They’ll see me with my bike and ask questions and the like. When I pulled into the campground in Pohenegamook, it was empty.On a Saturday night. Not one person around, at dusk. When I text Laura to say where I am and tell her this, her response, “It’s like the start of a horror movie.” Great, now I’m a little on edge. There is no running water, no electricity. Nothing. Sites are numbered, picnic tables at each site, but just me. Luckily, later on another cyclist showed up. Or was it lucky…duh, duh, duh, duh.

There is something unsettling about a vacant campground. I know what you did last summer?

There is something unsettling about a vacant campground. I know what you did last summer?

On Sunday, I crossed into New Brunswick. Without a doubt, Quebec has had the most consistent bike friendly roads, I will miss that. I won’t miss trying to communicate in my broken, it should be better, French.

Province #7. Starting to feel accomplished now.

Province #7. Starting to feel accomplished now.

But alas, New Brunswick, a quick trip through it and the reality of this epic trip’s end become’s closer to reality.

Ride on.

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