Cross Canada Cycle Blog

Monday August 26, 2013. Day 79 Port Elgin to Charlottetown, P.E.I. With the wind behind us, we sped east along the TransCanada to Cape Jourimain and the Confederation Bridge. On the way, just after passing a large sign and flashing yellow lights warning about moose, we had to pass one on the shoulder, that must have been hit during the night. ...

Sunday August 25, 2013. Day 78 Moncton to Port Elgin It was a beautiful, cloudless day and we were looking forward to a leisurely cycle along the Northumberland Strait, that is, once we had changed a tire that had deflated during the night on Lois’ bike. We decided to start out on the #2 (TransCanada) since our hotel was just off the ...

Saturday August 24, 2013. Day 77 Young’s Cove Road to Moncton It was 8 C  when we woke up this morning. Under a clear blue sky, we rejoined the #2, which seemed to have been rolled out onto the landscape into the distance. Although the undulating terrain and excellent road conditions made for relatively easy riding,  it  is less interesting than the ...

Friday August 23, 2013. Day 76 Fredericton to Young’s Cove Rd We will again start by talking about coffee. Jonnie Java is a roastery and their espresso is one of the best that we have tasted across the country. We sampled the brew yesterday and came back for more this morning. Appropriately caffeinated and armed with sandwiches from the Happy Baker, we ...

Thursday August 22, 2013. Day Off Fredericton is a low key Provincial capital. South of the river is the government and university part of the city and, with seemingly few students and no sitting legislature, it is pretty quiet. There are a few tourists, some of whom were watching the changing of the guard ceremony in Officer’s Square this morning. We, ...

Wednesday August 21, 2013. Day 75 Woodstock to Fredericton After a hearty breakfast at our B&B, we headed for the Sweet Spot Bake Shop for sandwiches and goodies for the road. The proprietor gave us advice about the alternative route out of Woodstock, the old Highway (#165), which we planned to take. It was strange, as the road was as good as ...

Tuesday August 20, 2013. Day 74 Grand Falls to Woodstock We haven’t had a tough day for a while now, so I guess we were due one. We woke to the sound of rain, but it had stopped by the time we left the B&B and the day remained dry, but hot and muggy, with thunder clouds in the distance. The ...

Monday August 19, 2013. Day 73 Edmundston to Grand Falls/Grand-Sault We rode down the hill from our hotel for espresso at Presse Café and then onto the transCanada (Highway 2). We had considered taking an alternate route, but it is longer and we were unsure as to the hard shoulder and hills. After a few kilometres we were overtaken by a local ...

Sunday August 18, 2013. Day 72 Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac to Edmundston, New Brunswick We know this site reads more like a food blog at times, but last night was amazing! We booked a table in the dining room of the Auberge du Chemin Faisant for 6:30 pm and left there 3 hours and 8 courses later! The emphasis is on regional cuisine and sensory ...

Saturday August 17, 2013. Day 71 Rivière du Loup to Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac (Cabano) The grand Fleuve St Laurent looked lovely in the morning light. On leaving our hotel, we headed to a boulangerie as we knew that there was little chance of lunch on the route today. We bought cheese,  fresh bread (more later) and goodies. There was a stiff climb out ...