And then there were four

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
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Trip End Aug 08, 2010


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The ride through the rain followed by a night of drinking yesterday took it's toll on us and we slept in until 9am with hopes of making it on the road by 10, but it was more like 11am by the time we actually got done packing, having breakfast and getting rolling.  Ian and Dave had already hit the road, so we were down to just the four of us.

The weather looked threatening, but didn't rain...in fact as we rode north-west towards Truro, the clouds actualy gave way to blue sky.  Once we started heading from Moncton toward the coast and Saint John, the clouds became thicker and while it didn't rain, we had to put the rain gear on because of the wet foggy air.  Steve's new windshield seems to have improved his situation, although throughout the day he played with the height and angle to get rid of the buffeting he's experiencing from the wind coming off the top of the shield against his helmet.  That said, his back and butt are better as he wasn't fighting the wind against his chest all day...and today it was windy.  At one point not far from our final stop, we'd pulled over to the side of the road on the 4 lane split highway, and that's where we saw our second likely Darwin Award winning...3 teens on a 4 wheel ATV driving on the passing lane of the highway on the other side.  There wasn't any traffic as this stretch is a brand new highway that wasn't even showing up on my GPS, but there were the odd car and definitely transport truck going by.  I'm sure we'll read about them in the papers...likely in the obituaries.

We put in as many miles as we could but we stopped well shy of our intended spot for the night and packed it in at Calais in Maine, just on the other side of the border.  We found a half decent motel in town and had a great meal at a local restaurant.  I had lobster for the second time this trip and it was excellent.  From the silence at the table, I'm guessing the guys enjoyed their steaks as well.  One of the waitresses was an old women with a stooped back that looked like the mother on "Throw Mama from the Train" and "The Goonies"...wierd.  There's an International Festival going on, which is a celebration of the friendship between town of Calais on the US side and St Stephens on the Canadian side.  There was a band playing in the park at the centre of town and people of all ages were seated all around the park on blankets or fold out seats.  We were stilled pretty bagged from the night before however and didn't stay long.  We went back to the motel and called it a night as we had to make up some time tomorrow.  I stayed up for a little while working on the blog and chatted with the two bikers staying in the next room.  They were from Nova Scotia and were just on their return trip from Deals Gap.  They said their ride was great and there weren't many people or police up in the Gap at all.  That's a big change from when we went through a few years ago and saw 13 police cars in one pass through the Dragonstail alone.
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Koch-Webb 9er on

Hi Guys! Well down to 4 now; sounds like you guys are hitting the right spots at the right time! In almost every place you've gone there's been some sort of celebration to make the stay that much better! Good for you guys! Now that you're on your way home don't try to push it!! Looks like rain for us today.
Keep up the good work on the Blog! It's great reading and wonderful pictures...it's interesting being on the other side reading instead of being part of the story!! oxoxox

Lori on

Well, the rain held out for us today but quite windy at our place. Temperatures are suppose to be a little cooler this weekend and heading into next week. A relief from the humidity. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you guys don't see anymore rain.
Glad to hear that you are all having a great time, but I am starting to miss my honey. Be safe.
Love ya!!

Anna on

So glad that you guys are having such a great adventure!! I am so happy for you and my heart swells with pride for you my son, love you big much! Miss you see you when you get home, i'm sure you will have some great stories for us and great memories. xoxoxoxo

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