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Every province has beware of animal signs posted on the highways.  So far all we’ve seen is a stuffed moose on someone’s porch in Parry Sound, Ontario and a moose and beaver paddling in front of an Irving gas station restaurant.  Chris ordered the truck driver breakfast yesterday morning and it came with fried bologna which I was happy to take off his plate.  Seriously, bologna is a meat choice at breakfast out here.  image

Here are a few of our first glimpses of Saint John, New Brunswick.  The last time I visited was on a family vacation — we spent my 12th birthday on a friend’s boat.  And it’s always a bit of fun to visit Harley stores when we come across them.  One more shirt to add to my collection.

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Parking downtown Saint John was tricky so we ended up driving around and sightseeing from the bike.  Our goal was to have a quick look before heading just outside the city to visit with family.  Now try to stay with me on this one.  Chris’s grandmother Elva Stewart’s maiden name was Harrison.  We spent a wonderful night with Wayne Harrison & his husband Ross Leavitt.  Wayne is Chris’s first cousin once removed.

Wayne has a huge interest in genealogy and we chatted up a storm about the Stewart & Harrison families.  We also met Wayne’s daughter Heather and her family.  That’s Heather’s daughter Emma watching me swing in the hammock. Thanks Wayne & Ross for making us feel so welcome and providing such a lovely home away from home.

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We couldn’t see a darn thing taking off out of the city this morning.  But it didn’t take long before we were down to short sleeves and slapping on sunscreen.  The highlight of the day was to visit Plaster Rock where Chris’s Dad was born and raised.  Along the way we made a brief side trip to travel through the longest covered bridge.

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New Brunswick is absolutely gorgeous.  We feel that way about every province !!!!

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It’s been 40+ years since Chris has been to Plaster Rock.  We stopped in for a short visit with Chris’s Great Aunt Roberta Harrison.  We’ve added one more relative to the family tree and I’m delighted Roberta is on Facebook so we can all keep in touch.

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You’ll notice we’ve done some back tracking in the past few days.  Totally worth it to visit with family.  And hey we’re retired it’s not a big deal lol.

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Today however we were a very longgggggg time on the bike.  First we had fog, then heat and finally very dark clouds.   And just moments after checking into our hotel room we saw the first flashes of lightning and heard the booming cracks of thunder.  The skies opened and torrential rain created huge puddles in front of our room.

Tomorrow we’ll have a shorter ride into Quebec City.  The plan is to leave the bike & trailer at the hotel and explore the old city.  So for now bonne nuit ma famille !!    image.png

Love and hugs from the road…

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Class can any of you use the word buffeted in a sentence?  Well I sure can and it goes like this.  From the moment we left the red earth of PEI, crossed the Confederation Bridge and arrived in Fredricton, New Brunswick we were constantly buffeted by strong winds making it a very challenging ride.

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Not quite 13 km long the bridge is an engineering marvel.  It makes us wonder why we don’t have a bridge from the mainland to Vancouver Island.  I know we’re not a province but PEI has a population of 146,000 and Vancouver Island has almost 760,000 people.  And the ferry is free traveling to PEI and the bridge toll for a motorcycle is only $18.50.

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Leather gear was required this morning with the cool wind.  By the time we hit Fredricton, dumped off the trailer at the motel and headed downtown – the sun was shining and the temperature had gone way up.  We found a microbrewery and tried a local ale and had a great conversation with locals who have both visited Vancouver Island.

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Tomorrow we are going to meet Chris’s second cousin Wayne Harrison and his husband Ross near St. John’s.  I’m most interested to talk to Wayne about the genealogy information he’s collected about Chris’s paternal grandmother’s family. One of my goals when we get home is to dig into my Collings/Kennedy family trees.

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Love & hugs from the road…

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