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Jun 23, 2018 - Tour of St. John, View of Reversing Falls and Visit to New Brunswick Museum

June 23 – Tour of St. John, View of Reversing Falls and Visit to New Brunswick Museum The bus picked us up at 9 AM and drove us to the point above the area where the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River collide. This morning, the tide was rising and water was flowing from the Bay of Fundy toward the river which caused a lot of turbulence – not really a reversing falls that I was expecting. We were then taken to downtown St. John and entered the New Brunswick Museum which we really enjoyed. The museum is Canada’s oldest continuing museum....

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Jun 21, 2018 - Orientation Day

Meeting began at 10 am. Our teams were revealed, 5 teams of 4, all with specific duties when it is our turn to prepare meals.The meeting focus is to become familiar with the support truck. The team consists of breakfast cook and breakfast cleanup, dinner cook and dinner cleanup. I am dinner cleanup and truck driver liaison. (SPOC) Single Point of Contact. It was decided that each team SPOC perform the first meal. Spaghetti, salad and fruit! We survived...Our team does not cook until Day 5, that should give us lots of time to watch and...

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Jun 20, 2018 - Mile "0" ride and return to Vancouver

Rode to Mile "0" marker, had our photo taken. Rode the scenic route to catch the ferry. After the ferry Bud sent 4 riders to catch the shuttle through the tunnel, 3 of us decided to catch the lead group. Well, we missed the turnoff and now the fun begins. Our daily map no longer applies. Road sign says Vancouver 33 km. We decided to ride until we found a turnoff that might get us back on track? We rode until the end of the bike lane...NO bicycles on highway. We got through a gate to an old access highway but that looked like it may lead to...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Saint John, NB

19 June Our next stop was Rockwood Park in St. John New Brunswick. This is one of the largest municipal parks in Canada, much like Central Park in NYC, with a lake and hiking, biking and horse trails. St. John is the largest city on the Bay of Fundy. A real city with a Costco, Best Buy, Toys-R-Us and every-stuff, as my best buddy Skin says. In addition to major shopping St. John boasts many major industries including the largest Oil refinery in Eastern Canada and headquarters for Irving Oil. There is also a pulp mill and ship yard with a...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Vancouver to Victoria Mile "0" ride

Today is the ride to Victoria for Mile "0", 15 riders are participating. The actual trip for photo will be tomorrow. Tonight we booked into our hostel and are going out to eat. On the way out met up with my nephew Mark for a short visit. He is a 19 years Navy and presently stationed in Victoria. Our dinner was at Don Mee's Chinese restaurant, it was was excellent and they served lots to a hungry bunch. Great day for our first ride together, hostel accommodations, Chinese food and a chance to spend some time with Mark.

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Jun 18, 2018 - Out N Abt Vancouver

Arrived last evening, assembled most of my bike. A few of us set out this morning for bike pickup for one of the riders. Our test ride took us through the city and around Stanley Park. We decided on lunch in Granville Island and then back to UBC. Dinner date with Tim tonight. My cab driver (Sunni) to meetup with Tim was originally from India was awesome! In our short drive across town we learned a lot about each other's family. After dropping me off as Tim and I were walking around we passed a taxi stand when Sunni exited his car to greet...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Tour du Canada countdown begins

I am less than two weeks before I depart for Vancouver to begin my trip across Canada along with 20 other cyclists. This is something that I have thought about and considered since the mid 80's. A chance meeting 3 years ago with David Schamber (TduC 2012) in Mazatlán, Mexico has brought this challenge to reality. He invited me into a group with other TduC alumni (Ron Josey Dartmouth, NS and Michael Bourque, Shediac, NB) for a ride to Ottawa for Canada's 150 July 1, 2017. The lessons learned from them for me are invaluable as I prepare for...

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Oct 11, 2017 - St John and St Martins, New Brunswick

We don't care for St John very much. It seems to be very boring to us and not a lot to do. In the past, we have just walked around. On our last trip, we walked a 5-mile harbor trail. A woman on the Cruise Critic discussion board mentioned that they were booking a tour out to the coastal town of St Martins. They were looking for a couple to join them to get the cost down per person. We were like what the heck, sure why not. Well, it turned out to be three ladies from New York, who were rude and very aggressive. The tour company was a joke....

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Sep 29, 2017 - Saint John

I took the motorhome to get the toilet fixed this afternoon & while I was waiting I poked around their new caravans on display. Most of them were Jayco brand so I talked to the salesman because I thought Jayco was an Australian company but it turns out these Jaycos are made in Indiana. According to Wikipedia, there’s no affiliation between the US company & the Australian one but it’s interesting that their logo is exactly the same so I think there might have been a connection at some time in the past. The largest & most expensive unit I saw...

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Canada 2017

Sep 28, 2017 - Saint John

It started off foggy again this morning so I thought it was going to be a repeat of yesterday. It cleared about 9:30 but then 10 minutes later it was back again. However, it finally cleared later in the morning & we had a sunny afternoon. Time is getting short. I need to drop off the motorhome next Wednesday for its winter vacation & there are lots of things I need to think of before that happens. The winters are very severe here in New Brunswick so I have to be very careful that I don’t leave anything in the motorhome which will make a...

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Canada 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - Alma to Saint John

It’s very confusing. The place in Newfoundland is called St John’s, the town here in New Brunswick is Saint John so you have to be very careful to not abbreviate the Saint & remember to leave off the “s”. Both places have an airport too which must cause problems with some travellers. While I’m at it, I always thought that the terms “Maritime Provinces” & “Atlantic Provinces” meant the same thing, but not so. The Maritime Provinces are New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island & Nova Scotia. When you add Newfoundland, they become the Atlantic...

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Sep 25, 2017 - no more lighthouses, covered bridges or waterfalls

After going through our notes last night and deciding to head north to Fredericton we load up this morning and hit the road ready to tackle our day. It has been very hot lately and quite humid as well. The nights cool off but not usually until late so we are getting a bit tired and anxious to hit the road. The drive up to Fredericton is lovely with the trees turning more and more colourful with each passing day. The hills are beautiful and we can only imagine what they would look like in full fall colours – it must be spectacular. The road...

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