Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is still horrific outside, but we all have to leave today as Bart and Lisa have rented out their cabin for a week starting today. We decided to just head an hour away to the capital of Augusta and wait out the storm.

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    There is a hurricane warning in Massachusetts so we need to get inside. We hid out in a hotel and by 4 pm the rain had stopped. By 7 it was blue sky and this is the forecast for tomorrow as well.

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    Today we will make for the coast of Maine at Camden in 66 km via the secondary roads. There is very little traffic even though it is Sunday. Camden is a quaint village on the sea famous for their wooden tall ships and boat building.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we mostly stayed on the 1 north which passes thru scenic green hillsides and small towns, but we did take a few detours on some country lanes. One was to see the lighthouse at Lincolnville. Here there is a nice harbor where we got some lunch to enjoy with a view of the sea.


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    This route is true New England with the seaside town and the wooden houses.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On the way north from here we again tried to get off the main road and stick closer to the coast.


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    We arrived to Ellsworth and hit the Mc D to use their wifi to find a place for the night in the town of Bar Harbor.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is a super picturesque village on the sea that is full of tourists and LOBSTER! We checked into the inn and headed into the village harbor. The place is mobbed with people and so we walked up the side streets to find a place for a drink and some shrimps for happy hour. We had also reserved a table at a classic lobster place with a view for later.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The plan for the day is to tour a bit around the Acadia park peninsula and then try to get as far as we can. In the next 2 days we have to ride 685 km to Pleasant View on the west coast of PEI in 2 days time.

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    We set out from Bar Harbor south on the 3 and tried to stay along the shore road to Seal harbor.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we backtracked on the 102 and the 3 north to the Highway 1, then turned east to Whiting, and then north to the border at Saint Steven. We had a nice sunny, but warm day. The border crossing was just a 15 minute line up and then a few questions and we were back in Canada! First stop pita pit!

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We still have 55 km to go to get to Moncton New Brunswick. We did try to stick to some of the coast roads on the Bay of Fundy after St John.

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    The highway driving is draining and we finally arrived to the hotel at 645 pm. We walked 2 km back up the road to the Swiss Chalet for the biggest salad you have ever seen.



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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed out at 9 for the 214 km to Pleasant View on the west coast of PEI, but stopped at Canadian tire for a few needed items (chain lube, micro fiber cloths, and some oil).

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    We had a cloudy and cooler day today and rain was threatened. There was almost no traffic on the main roads, but we did some side tracking to the secondary roads as well.

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    The Confederation bridge to PEI is 13 km long and a return fare is 18.75$ for a motorcycle, which you pay when leaving.


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We decided to stick to the main highway to get to our friends place earlier in the day, but stopped in Summerside at the Liquor store for some wine and bubbles. This island is SO green it is incredible. There are fields full of produce everywhere and of course a lot of potatoes.

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    It was so great to see Ed and Janice again and hang out at the cottage on the sea. They got a call at 4 pm that the YMCA camp their 10 year old was dropped off at 2 days ago was closing because of a Norwalk virus outbreak and they had to leave ASAP for the 4 hour drive to get him near St John and then drive back. We had the cabin to ourselves for the night.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Since the gang arrived back at 1 am we just lazed about all day today. It was hot and sunny so we managed to get laundry washed and hung to dry. The water temperature here is very warm and so a swim was in order as well. The water is incredibly warm here, which is astonishing for Canada.


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    Ed used his new pizza oven for dinner and Janice served up her famous "Dark and Stormy".

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today is a rainy day and we were trapped inside for most of it, but we did ride out to the Skinner's Pond Harbor to see the lobster boats being loaded for the first day of the season tomorrow.

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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Welcome back to Canada, again! :photog
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much! I sent you a PM as well. Sara
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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Ed and Janice had to leave us again to get back to Charlottetown tonight so we have the place to ourselves again. We will meet them there tomorrow.

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    We woke to a sunny and beautiful day for the ride south to West Point and then onto Victoria harbors to see the first of the lobsters arriving.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We continued on the back roads to Abrams and then Summerside for a lunch of seafood chowder and lobster rolls.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here we went on the 2 again north east until we hit the 6 and could head to the coast again. There are so few people here in PEI they only need 3 characters on the plates!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then it was book it to Charlottetown before the predicted heavy weather hit. We had just been inside the house30 minutes when the sky turned dark and the thunder started and then amazingly heavy rain and wind. The power was off in minutes and then the 2 cm hail stones started. This storm only lasted 20 minutes, but was very powerful and many trees and branches were down.

    We had put the bike covers on, but did not bother to clip them as we expected rain, but not a cyclone. We had to run outside to stop them from flying away and then clip them. The 90 seconds we were outside resulted in both of us being completely soaked to the skin.


    It is lucky Janice decided to buy our lobsters fresh cooked at the fish market so dinner was not ruined for the lack of power. We cooked the rest of the meal on the Bbq and cracked open a bottle of Moet to celebrate our 30 years of friendship.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Ed is working the weekend and Janice was kind enough to tour us around historic and picturesque Charlottetown.

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are sad to leave PEI and our friends, but we have to get a move on.

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    We headed to the Confederation bridge, stopped to buy stickers, and paid our toll. It is a spectacular day and the forecast this week looks good.

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    We are trying to get the 490 km or as close as possible to Campbellton NB. This is a good starting point for our tour out on the Gaspe Peninsula. We did alternate between the small coastal roads and the secondary highway.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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