Friday, June 11, 2010
Canadian Maritimes Ride Report
The sky and road are the same dull shade of gray, they meet neatly at the horizon. A steady rain is blipping into my helmet. Water is getting in somewhere on my face shield, spraying a tiny mist onto my cheek. It's about 55 degrees. A full face shield, a wind triangle, 4 sets of zippers before you reach my shirt.
Look at those fools on the bikes, don't they know it's raining.
Yeah, I know it's raining. It's been raining steady all weekend.
It's my day off, I'm having a good time. You wouldn't understand.
We're in the Canadian Maritimes and as best I can recall, I've never seen the sun in New Brunswick. Yet when the call comes in for another trip up north, I'm the first one to put in for a day off. Short term memory loss is a grand thing.
Historic photo from 2005 Black Fly - look, sun! (is that me?)
It's been 5 years since the last Black Fly Rolling Rally. Come to think of it, it rained then. The formula seems to be sunny leaving, sunny getting home, nothing but webbed feet in between. And a good time was had by all - not necessarily all the time.
I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story...
Our Route, started with pie detour to the Moody's Diner in Waldoboro, ME
Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a must stop scenic rest area. Apparently this lovely weather did not have a passport to enter Canada.
By 8:00AM we were ready to roll into Canada. Kevin and I knew we would not camp after a long day in the rain, and at time questioned why we were heading to Tracadie, NB.
Happy non Campers, but a little sad not to be hanging with the rest of the Fly-boys and girls.
Until they all rolled into the parking lot!
I went to Black Fly and all we got was this hotel room.
Irene's Stitch left her with some very wet pants. Yet she still swears by it. I swore at mine when it let me down, and sold it on eBay.
After a stay at a warm hotel in Orono, we had a fantastic ride home.
Had the Kanc to ourselves.
Good trip for a waterproof camera!