Friday, June 11, 2010

Canadian Maritimes Ride Report

Tread to Spare

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?)

2005 Black Fly

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

Black Fly Route

Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a must stop scenic rest area. Apparently this lovely weather did not have a passport to enter Canada.

Sunny Day Travel

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.

Breakfast Bikes

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.

Hoteling it

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.

Wet stitch

After a stay at a warm hotel in Orono, we had a fantastic ride home.


Had the Kanc to ourselves.

RTE 16 S

Good trip for a waterproof camera!

Rear View

5 comments:

D. Brent Miller said...

Oh! Another rider takes on the rain. Well, it sounds like a good rain ride. That's why God gave us motels as alternatives to campgrounds! :)

Brent

Richard Machida said...

Looks like a beautiful area in spite of (or because of) the rain. I've never been to NB before though it's on the list!

Thank you for the tour!

Richard

Giest said...

Looks like you ran through my neck of the woods, good old Saint John. Sorry the weather wasn't better for you. Keep trying though, our summers really aren't that bad. :)

chessie said...

I keep wondering...will Canada let ME in? It's on my short list. I'd like to ride Canada...wet or dry, I know there were incredible sights for you!

SheRidesABeemer said...

Chessie, they're let you in if you don't have any DUI's or felonies, and you leave your firearms at home.