|Fredericton, NB to Riviere-du-Loup, QC|
|July 29, 2015 (Updated: July 30, 2015)...cp|
The day started with a plan; I picked up a NB map after leaving PEI. The kind representative there took the time to point out the River Valley Scenic Drive and highlighted it on the map. Lost somewhere in the translation, the next day I headed for the River Valley route symbol on the map (see below). This was not where the actual Scenic Route was actually located. I ended up driving 3rd-rate roads that appeared to be there for the logging truckers. Oh well, I did find things to amuse myself along the way, saw my first live moose next to the road, and did indeed rejoin the actual 'Scenic River Route' above Florenceville-Bristol.
I got to Perth-Andover about 2:30pm and had a nice lunch in a local bakery-lunchenette. While having lunch, I pulled out my Garmin GPS to pick the next town to head for; lo and behold, I was only 4km from Bairdsville!!! How could I resist, so off I went in an alternate direction looking for Bairdsville. I follow the coordinates and 'arrive' at NOTHING! There were no signs or other indication that there ever was a Bairdsville around. So, off we go again toward Edmonston.
Everything was going relatively smoothly during the day; I even stopped at a Best Western in Edmundston to snag their WiFi to call home. (Note: I have not had reliable phone coverage during the trip. Verizon is almost non-existent. I did use a roaming data provider in a few instances; incurring massive charges in no time at all. So, I have been relying on WiFi and Skype.) While I was in the hotel, a thunder and lightening special entertainment feature was playing outside. Dumb luck to miss that one.
As I entered Quebec Provence, there was an Infomation (?) symbol on the first exit, unfortunately that doubled me back to the New Brunswick info center, which was open till 7:30pm. They did not have a Quebec map and said that I could get one 12km up the road, it was 6:30pm. I zipped up the road and got to the info office in about 15 minutes. Guess what, that office closed at 5pm (bummer). As I previously reported, I was heading for the Trois-Pistole ferry across the St Lawrence, and thought that it was the only ferry crossing in the area. As I approached the river, I saw a ferry sign, and followed it into Riviere-du-Loup. This is why I thought I was at the wrong town. As (Ted's) luck would have it, this was actually the optimal crossing for what I had planned for the North side ride to Quebec City.
The weather forecast was iffy, so I found a place to stay. Catching the 8am ferry to Saint-Simeon tomorrow.
Today = 288 miles,
Total = 2,851 miles
Today = 7-Hours, 59-Min,
Total = 4-Days, 5-Hours, 28-Min
|This is the symbol to follow for the "River Valley Scenic Drive."
||This is the annotated map I got from the Information Desk upon entering New Brunswick from PEI.
|A whimsical mailbox along the 'logging road', Rt 108.
||The condition of the road was poor.
|Not the Scenic River Ride I expected...
||Interestingly, they take care not to fell the birch, at least not on this pass of clearing the forest.
|I saw this beautiful river bend and had to stop. Spoiler alert; this must be a really good place to fish!
||Right next to the pic on the left, there was this nice bench. Turns out that this is a memorial spot.
|Seems that Chappie loved to fish here...
||Along with Michael...
|Dew-covered flowers and grasses in the regrowth of the massive clear cut. This pic does not do justice to the shimmer and glow of the sunlight on the plants.
||Moose alert: I did see a moose, which bolted back into the forest at the sight/sound of my Harley.
|Back onto the River Valley road.
||I arrived at Perth-Andover and had some good food with Mary. I got a really nice Western Omelette with fantastic home-made Whole Grain toast, and for dessert, a slice of homemade pie. Yum Yum.
OBTW, in 1976 this area suffered its first severe flood due to ice jams on the St John River which finally let loose a massive rush down the river; this happened again in 2015. (Inside comment: As they say in Scottsville, VA, when asked what the town is famous for, the answer is invariably 'We Flood.'
|The newish bridge across to St John...on my way to 'Bairdsville', NOT!
||The sign looks familiar, but...
|How does KFC translate, to french PFK???
||Arriving in another Province.
|Rain and sunshine in the distance,between Edmonston and Quebec
||Sunset over the St Lawrence from Riviere-du-Loup, QC