A 15-day adventure by Matthew
  • Jun28

    Busy highway

    June 28, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Highway is getting a little congested for my taste. Besides my neck and shoulders need a break. This is a Thai place next to a big Cabela's. It's hard to eat well-rounded meals on the road, which is how I chose not to go to the pie restaurant.Read more

  • Jun28

    Back on this side

    June 28, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Calais is not a nice town. Most of the downtown buildings are empty. The houses nearby are not in great shape. But there's a Walmart!

    This is Karen's Diner. The menu looks like it was made in Microsoft Word and has a dozen spelling errors.

    No rain ahead. Should be home this evening.
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  • Jun27

    Enough to make you

    June 27, 2016 in Canada ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Un freaking believable. At the last gas station I emptied my gas cans because I won't need them any more. And then... one exit short! No freaking way! WTF. The bike ran out after going less than 100 miles where it's normally 120. I sure hope it was just because of the area I just went through.

    On Google maps the area around this city is colored green for many miles. What I drove through was a huge plain at the end of the Bay of Fundy. And the wind gusts were unreal. I had to slow down from 110 kph (70) to like 80 kph (55) because I was worried about keeping the bike in my lane. The gusts were so intense I couldn't keep my head looking forward. Interestingly it didn't affect the bike nearly as much. I just played it up so I'd get the attention of cars coming up on me (their speed was 50% faster than me.)

    This town has an airport and a casino.
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  • Jun27

    gas stop

    June 27, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Didn't even make an entry for the laundry stop in Antigonish. I'm ready for riding to be over. Besides, trying to get Canadian coins with no cash was a nightmare.

    Was cool this morning because I was in and out of clouds. In town it was sunny and pretty warm. Here temp is nice but sun has baked the highway very hot.Read more

  • Jun27

    gas stop

    June 27, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Saw 2 rabbits fighting this morning. Must be tons of little wildlife up here no one notices. Lots of hummingbirds at the restaurant's feeders.

    The lock on the car top carrier is rapidly breaking down. I smelled more fumes coming over so I moved my saddlebags into the trailer. Doing that was tiring. Heading home.Read more

  • Jun26

    Tough day

    June 26, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Because of last night sleeping in a flop house next to a bar with the concomitant loud people coming in at 3:30 am. Then back out to sea again! I did better this time but still feel crummy. But had pulsing neck and head pain before boarding. Wonder if it was the exhaust fumes I kept smelling.

    Kelly's View Motel has a nice view and is in very good repair. It has nice soap and it does have shampoo, tells you something. And there are Werther's Originals on the bureau lol.

    Out of socks again. Would love to see the Cabot Trail again but not by forcing myself. Friday is Canada Day, most things will be closed, must check customs. Rest and laundry day or go home 5 days early?
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  • Jun25

    East Arm lake

    June 25, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Here is the lake in Gros Morne National Park. There were several places they were simultaneously rebuilding roads and bridges, like the Cabot Trail. At the 3rd construction I turned back because I was going to come back on this road and I had reached the shore and it was much colder.Read more

  • Jun25

    Corner Brook

    June 25, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    This seems like a great town. It's on a fjord (so a big bay surrounded by mountains) and the landscape is magnificent. It's got a nice looking downtown area and big box stores and hotels outside near the highway. You can see from picture 3 how many houses are around.

    Picture 1 shows one of the big views around here. There are these areas where there is acres of inch - high scrub. Sometimes it's obvious, like at Port aux Basques the extreme winter weather stops anything from growing. Up here I don't know, but there are lots of meandering pools that look an inch deep.

    This is Aroma restaurant. It is cafeteria style where someone behind a counter gives you food on a tray. Lots of good food cheap.
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  • Jun25

    St Stephen

    June 25, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    This is a regular town. It's got a McDonald's and Walmart.

    The air around seaside towns is very cold, 50s. It took an hour of riding north out of that last place before I was high enough or inland enough to get milder air. As usual the sun is super intense and its nice to sit in this parking lot.

    I'm getting tired of adventuring. It feels pretty far away up here. Plus there's not enough time to go all the way around and out. Going north a bit more then turn back home.
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