Left yesterday morning for a spur of the moment getaway to the Rossmount Inn in beautiful St. Andrews-by-the-sea, New Brunswick. Arrived at the Rossmount mid-morning, changed in to our cycling clothes and hit the road. Our cycling route took us to St. Stephen, New Brunswick (a.k.a. Chocolate town) and then across the Milltown border crossing in to Calais, Maine. The U.S. part of our tour was brief…we re-entered N.B. at the St. Stephen border approx. 20 minutes later (and that included a very quick cheeseburger and bottle of water at McDonalds). I know…I know… McDonalds? We wanted something quick & cheap just to hold us over until our gourmet meal that evening.
Arrived back at the Inn after a very hot (30 degrees celcius/ 86 degrees fahrenheit) & hilly 65 kilometre ride. A quick shower and we were relaxing in the shade of the veranda with a cold beer!
Since we made our reservation last minute, the dining room could only seat us at 9 p.m. The meal did not disappoint and was worth the wait! Salad and appetizers were perfect. For the entrees I chose the duck and Rob chose the cod…both wonderful! We finished our bottle of Pinot Noir out on the veranda and, not long after, sleep was not hard to find!
Went out for a cheap 50 km (not a lot of hills) with a stop on the Saint John waterfront for some hydration. Took advantage of some of the new dedicated bike lanes in and around Saint John. Saw some dear friends, heard some great bands and enjoyed the day…even had a quick chat with mayor Mel!
I was stopped in the city market today by Sarah Herring and Shelley Wood. They asked me to buy a raffle ticket. I have to be honest I’m usually not interested but today they had their hooks in me. You see… Shelley is cycling across Canada in the 2012 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. Cycling and cancer are two words that have been in my vocabuary a lot lately so I couldn’t refuse…They were speaking my language! I bought a ticket and I would encourage you to do the same. You can also follow Shelley’s blog at http://shelleywood.snkcr.com/ and sponsor her on-line.