Saint Andrews map

Spending 3 weeks at our new summer home in the historic resort town of Saint Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick (Atlantic Canada). What I’ve come to observe… there are hills here too! and the map of one our favourite 25 km cycling route looks like a rocket ship!

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First Ride of 2014

Got a break from the freezing temps. The sun came out and dried the roads enough for us to get out for a short ride. I was dying to try out my new Garmin Edge 200 that “Santa” brought me. I’m very excited to have better stats and my own cool route maps. (I’ve used my hubby’s maps in the past).  11 km down….2,989 km to go!

5 Ferries and a Covered Bridge

115.09 km cycled today. A new personal record and enough to blow away our goal of 2,000 km for the year. New YTD total 2087.7 km. and lots of great cycling weather yet to come.

Map of route taken today and highlights along the way.

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Scouting a new route

We’re invited to cottage country next weekend for a horseshoe tournament. Our first thought was “oh that’s going to cut in to our cycling”. Is that pathetic?

Then we got the bright idea to bike there and back. It’s 85 km each way so getting there is certainly doable but the problem is, after arriving at said cottage, there would certainly be some “socializing” which might make it challenging to get on the bike the next morning for the return trip.

We’ve driven the road many times over the years but not with our cycling goggles on. Friday night we went for a drive. What we discovered:

  1. Big hills: This itself is not a problem. We are used to hills and especially the nice rolling kind make the ride more enjoyable.
  2. Very narrow: The shortest route to the lake takes us through some almost uncharted territory. The brush along the road is grown up and has not been cut back in many years.
  3. Winding: The road twists and turns. Although we are unlikely to encounter many cars along the way…they are also unlikely to be expecting to meet cyclist. On many of the turns, cars would not see you until the last second. Dangerous!
  4. Condition of the pavement: The pavement on these roads is a mess of cracks and potholes. Flat tires are no fun!
  5. Lack of stores: For long stretches there are no stores to stop and buy food or water. We would have to carry more supplies than usual.
  6. Lack of cell service: For long stretches there’s no cell phone coverage which means, if we did run in to trouble, we would have to flag down a passing car or stop at a nearby cottage. Maritimers are know for their hospitality so this is also not a show stopper but unsettling nonetheless.

Conclusion: We’ve decided that the ride is too risky. If we decide to go to the lake next weekend we’ll do an early morning ride and then take the car.

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NOTE: photo above is not of the road is question but gives you an idea of the conditions. 

Dog Days of Summer

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Spent a lovely day with friends at their cottage near Cap Pelee, New Brunswick. Went for a ride on Saturday afternoon in the scorching 30+ Celcius (90+ F) heat. The breeze off the water was welcome relief as was the ice cold Moose Light Lime at L’Aboiteau Restaurant on the wharf. The evening was idealic just soaking in the dog days of summer with a beautiful sunset and roaring campfire.

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Happy Canada Day!

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!

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I entered the “Give us a Sign” Contest!

I’m no graphic artist but I thought “what the hell” my chances of winning this are better than the lottery (especially since I don’t buy tickets). Plus my hopes were buoyed by my recent 2nd place win in a recent local recipe contest.

Uptown Saint John is looking for help in designing signage for the new “Campus Harbour Connection” bike route! They are looking for a picture or symbol that can go on the bike route sign. Have you seen the stylized “Q” that they use in Quispamsis? Well…something along those lines but that represents the route name “Campus Harbour Connection” and that will fit on a 450mm x 450mm square graphic sign to be used to identify the new bike route which is to run from Harbour Passage to the Saint John Regional Hospital/ UNBSJ plateau.

First prize is a $250 gift certificate from Bike Works. I could sure put that to good use! The contest closes May 17th.

Click HERE to see the contest poster

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