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Published: July 30th 2013
Fast Moving River
Crossing from Calais, ME to St. Stephens, NB
29 July, 2013
Yesterday morning we drove from Eastport, Maine, to Calais, where we crossed the border into St. Stephen, NB. Those last few miles of US 1 along the north coast of Maine are pretty rough going. From St. Stephens we drove up NB Hwy 2, a very nice 4 lane through the forests of New Brunswick. If it weren’t for the occasional town, you’d think you were in the wilderness. We drove down Hwy 114 toward Fundy National Park and it was like déjà vu all over again. First came the road construction signs, then the rough-patched pavement ended, then loose gravel. Oh no, not another adventure road! But the construction zone was only 12 kilometers (that’s how they talk up here, in kilometers and liters.) Once we got into the national park, the roads were very good. We stopped at the first overlook in the park for a gorgeous view of the Bay of Fundy.
Once out of the park, the roads were patched and bumpy, but we drove on to Hopewell Cape so we could go see the famous Hopewell Rocks, with 40 foot tides. We set up the camper at the campground nearby before
Bay of Fundy
from Fundy National Park
going to see the rocks at high tide. I was surprised how muddy the water is, but I guess with those kinds of tides and currents, it keeps things pretty well stirred up. We went to a gift shop down the road for souvenirs (patches) and amused the owner with our manner of speaking. I had a hard time finding the entrance to the store, so I told him “I like to never found your door.” He looked me in the eye and said “You’re not from around here, eh?”
This morning, after hooking the camper back up, we went back to Hopewell Rocks to see them at low tide. The difference is pretty amazing, and seeing people out walking on the ocean bottom which was last night 40 feet under water was a hoot. Kerry went down to the bottom to take pictures and had to come back without any because when he turned on the camera, it read “out of memory.” Luckily, I had another memory card and he was able to get pictures.
When we left there, we drove to Moncton, then down to the cape and the Confederation Bridge. This bridge is 9 miles
long and connects New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. It’s a toll bridge, but you only pay getting off the island. What does that tell you? It’s quite an experience looking out over the Northumberland Strait, and must have been an engineering feat to build.
We set up at a campground in New Annan, right on the shore of Malpeque Bay, which opens into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bob and Gena joined us here late this afternoon and we had an enjoyable evening catching up over dinner. Gena and I rode the bicycles around the campground, and we both felt the burn after not having ridden in quite a while.
We have seen just a little of PEI, but it is very pretty, mostly farmland, and mostly wheat and potatoes. But it is very clean and attractive, can’t wait to see more of it tomorrow.
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