Up, Up, and Up Again or 108 Highway of Hills

There have been delays of various sorts. Also cell reception has been nonexistent. The time is 2 days ago, or something like that (it might be more by time I post this). It starts with a lobster omelet, bacon, hash browns, and coffee. Wow, that was good (thanks again to Charles and Marthe!). Started us off and fuelled our journey, once we finally got packed up and gone. We still haven’t mastered the art of the early start.

It was off to Mirimichi, on hwy 11, hit a bike shop. I had to grab some gloves, I was having some issues. Then we went down to the water and had a lunch of buns and hard boiled eggs (Thanks again Charles!). After some photos, we were off to the grocery store, since we wouldn’t see another one for sometime.

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Then we were off.

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We ended up stopping near Sunny Corners. We saw an empty lot for sale and called the number. Pete explained the situation and they said it was fine for us to camp there for the night.

We went across the street to ask for some water. Weyburn answered the door and was nice enough to let us fill up our water bladders. We went back to setup our tent. We had just started when Weyburn returned to offer us a dinner of stirfry, of course we took him up on his kind offer! We enjoyed an amazing stirfry dinner. Pete had his first banana split ever, then I ate the rest of his plate.

Afterwards we stayed and talked with Weyburn and his wife Louisa for a couple hours. We left to finish setting up camp and head to bed. They made us promise to come back for breakfast, it seems like we never have to cook for ourselves.

We started the next day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, and coffee. Then we were off. We had been told the 420 was sandy, but that did not prepare us for this dirt road. Still it was much shorter than the alternative, neither one of us actually fell off our bikes. We made it to the 108 ahead of schedule.

We were a couple hours in when Charles caught up with us. He took our luggage (that’s not cheating, right?) and drove his truck a ways ahead. He then hopped on his bike and would cycle to meet us and join us for the rest of the journey to the truck. We did this several times, even with the hills it was a great road to bike on.

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We reached the halfway Inn and decided that was enough for the day, or rather Pete and I did (Charles could have gone much farther).

We were going to camp in the tents, but Charles suggested the idea of driving to his camp for the night. We agreed that a cabin with no bugs sounded better. So we drove the 30km to his camp. Once there we saw the cooler and Charles’ statement from the night before made more sense “ca annonce chaud” (OK, maybe he had to explain it to us).

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Here we had, wait for it, more lobster! Charles showed us the right way to eat a whole lobster. Surprise surprise it was amazing. This was of course followed by beer, maybe there was a few before as well. The beer was accompanied by more food, with a side of beer. We ended up in bed early. Of course Charles woke up first and we had a delicious breakfast of hard boiled eggs (a staple for us).

Then we were off for some more cycling. Charles drove us back to the halfway Inn, way too early to cheat. We got another 20km with Charles, then he had to go. We were sad to see him go.

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So we continued onward. We stopped for lunch and we might have been feeling the drinks from the night before. We did another 20km and called a half day. We setup camp and relaxed for the rest of the day.

We made it to Grand Falls the next day and had a second breakfast. We even got to see a moose, we weren’t quick enough to take a picture. We are about 40km south east of Edmunston and I am sick of writing this blog. Here are some random pictures, I will have to make a point of taking more.

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