August 27: Epic Ride, Day 47:
Tonight I’m in Moncton, New Brunswick, camping in a Good Sam campground. After my day of rest, I had a hard time getting going this morning. I was awake at 7, but didn’t get up till after 8. I didn’t get away from Martin’s Motel in Madawaska until 11:00-ish and then I had to stop and pick up the prescriptions that took all day to get yesterday.
Customs was easy but it amazes me how such a short distance (I’d ridden maybe a mile when I got onto the bridge over the St John’s River in Madawaska) lets you know very quickly that you’re in a different country! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because I’ve notice how often even arbitrary state lines are accompanied by a significant difference in countryside and culture. I guess going into a different country isn’t likely to be a gradual transition.
Riding down Canada 2 was a lot different from riding on US-1 in Maine. It’s an interstate-like road with very good pavement, much wider shoulders, and hardly any traffic.
It’s good to be camping again, although I’m not sure I’m saving a whole lot of money. This campground (which does have an excellent WiFi connection) cost me $32!
Stats: Day, 277 miles; Trip, 15,919 miles; Year, 21,920 miles; Total on bike, 73,890 miles.