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Day 13 – Sussex area to Moncton. 82 km. Total to date 1152 km.

Just a short blog for today as I am tired sore and lacking brain power to write too much.

For the most part today was a relatively easy day. We decided to take a later start as we knew it was to be a short day of 80km compared to bigger days lately. Julie and I have both been wanting to sleep in and today we got to for a bit. We then had breakfast and departed at our leisure.

Here is a view of the green pastures we were following for the first part of our day:
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Today we certainly saw less hills than we have recently. Even for a bit we had something of a tailwind for a bit, that is until we got close to Moncton and had to battle with a strong crosswind that wanted to feed us into traffic.

Tonight we are staying with Mark and Cat in Moncton who are great hosts! They even prepared us supper, vegi burgers (awesome thanks guys!!) And Mark even mowed the lawns sk we would have a nice space to camp 🙂

Tomorrow we are taking the day off to get a few things done and hopefully relax a bit. I still need to replace my broken seat from day 8. The duct tape has held up but my seat has no cushion anymore.

Sorry there are not much photos today, we passed lots of wooded.areas today so not much opportunity for good shots. More pics soon I promise!

We are replanning a few aspects of the trip due to time constraints, and also monitoring both our physical conditions closely. My knee is being a jerk so will have to see how that plays out over the next few days..

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Day 11 – Woodstock to Fredericton. 120 km. Total to date 950 km.

Here is the information board outside out b&b in Woodstock:

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Today started with breakfast at the b&b. Our host made a fresh fruit plate then eggs Benedict. I am not sure if it is because I am fussy, or the ones I make are infinitely better, but they just didnt cut it. Probably a big part due to the use of processed cheese; Kraft singles. I am prob spoiled but I like real cheese and I am appalled at how many times I have been stuck eating fake cheese since we left…

Anyhow today was another hot and sunny day in New Brunswick. The hills were still hilly and the wind was still windy. Not much one can do about that.

After a half day of rest we were feeling a bit more optimistic about our day and tthe trip in general. After some advice from the owner of the b&b we headed out for a long haul following the 105 once again. Julie and I noticed for the first time really how green the trees were getting. Looking at pics from a week ago all the trees just look like twig bushes. Now all the trees are openjng their leaves and coincidentally sending my allergies into overdrive.  Here is a pic of the greening of the hills:

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So as I mentioned it was a long ride today,  rounding out at 120km. This is our longest dsy so far and I have to say I am really feeling it. My knee started aching a couple days ago and is really sore tonight. I am hopeful it is just from exertion,  and not cause it plans to blow out. That wouldnt be cool!

As a result of the dsy I didnt take many photos, partly cause we were trying to get where we were headed and partly because everything looks the same as it has for a few days. Kinda looking forward to a new type of scenery soon. That and less rolling hills…

At one point we were grinded out by hills and starving so we had a break for snacks. This was another of many days that we were in such remote areas that we didnt havea real meal until supper time. Here is a shot of Julie relaxing for a few minutes from the road:

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We finally arrived in the Fredericton area but sadly at rush hour, so we had to bike very carefully in traffic. It is probably the route we followed but sadly didnt see much scenery. Also a big problem with long days is you run out of time to be a tourist.  We left at 9 am, and arrived at almost 7pm to our hosts place (thanks Mike and Ashley!). By the time we tok a quick shower and ate it was past 9pm. Very long days indeed!

So tomorrow we get back to the grind and go halfway to Moncton. Stil not 100% sure of the route, I wouldnt be against a shorter day tomorrow then a push to Moncton Thursday with a day off cued up Friday.

Oh and here is a sign that I couldn’t stop laughing about. How are the poor deer supposed to feel if they see these signs making fun of their intelect?

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Day 9 – Drummond to Hartland. 104 km. Total to date 786 km.

Today again was a later departure time. With the change in time zones disagreeing with our natural sleep cycle that we worked so hard to establish before leaving, we cant seem to get up in time for early departure.

Last night I was suffering from some major muscle spasms in my legs I didnt get much sleep. Starting a long day already tired is a recipe for disaster. Add to that some insane hills, headwind, and terrible road conditions. I know people say Quebec roads are bad but if ever you cycle the 105 in NB you may draw the same conclusion of roads here.

All this to say that today was a rough day on the roads, again every kilometer was hard earned. 104 kilometers was quite a challenge in these conditions.

As a result of this I didnt get many photos though we did see some daffodils growing, a true sign of spring!
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Much of the day was spent in forested hills and following the St John river. Below is a pic of a hydro dam I got on a little break:
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One highlight was meeting a friend Charlie on the road. We have been chatting on Facebook for several weeks, and unfortunately missed him in Grand Falls, but he caught up with us on our way to Hartland today. Charlie is also a crazy cyclist and doing a trip soon from Moncton to Halifax. His trip is a fundraiser and you can get all the details or.make a donation here:

http://iwktelethon.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1046145&lis=1&kntae1046145=A36160E74D7740DC9EB61ED5AD1EB2C1&supId=379316594&team=0&nmv=true

Tonight we relax in Hartland at a cute hotel waaay up on a hill. Seems appropriate after our day. Here we have a nice view of the world’s longest covered bridge. Here is a distant view:
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Julie took more shots with her camera so will have to wait to share.
Tomorrow we hit the road again for another 104 km to Fredericton. Hopefully the terrain is less hilly and being away from the river we will have favourable winds. I guess we will find out tomorrow!
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Here is a rough pic above of our morning view, the vast potato fields in Drummond.

Until tomorrow thanks for reading and all comments! I am off to bed to hopefully repair my muscles for tomorrow 🙂

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