|Fish and chips at the Alma Boathouse Restaurant - 244 km away|
Heading out for a 500 km ride for a plate of fish and chips? If you are a fellow rider you get it. If you don't ride, let me illustrate it for you:
Or as CLine and I enjoyed it, Fish n' chips served at the Boathouse Restaurant in Alma, New Brunswick, a favourite spot of mine since Mike T. first showed me and my nephews the road up to Cape Enrage back in 2009.
|Charlottetown PE to Alma NB and Return - 522 km, 6 hours, 42 minutes|
So instead of a ten hour ride to St. Martins New Brunswick and return, we opted for a shorter ride to Alma NB for lunch, and then a bunch of highway back so we could be sitting on the couch with out feet up that evening. :D
And so it was, we woke up at 0600 and slapped the snooze bar again and again...
CLine and I making our way across the Confederation Bridge...
|Stopping to strip off yet another layer...|
|Riding along NB 114 along Shepody Bay, Fundy|
If it's your first time here, check the tide tables and plan to visit the Hopewell Rocks at low tide...
|Lunch is that-a-way!|
The last five kilometres are a real joy to ride as you wind your way into the town of Alma proper.
Caroline heading into Alma New Brunswick (She chose the tune... :D )
|CLine & RottenRonnie - Photo credit CLine|
|Why are we here? Oh yeah, roads and lunch.|
|The objective here isn't to scrape a peg, but to have a blast and refrain from grounding a peg.|
|And that's about it for the sweet corners...|
|895 just south of TC 1 at Anagance NB|
We opted to stay off the 1 as long as possible, so crossed over on 114 then took Portage Vale road as it was heading roughly North East, then 895 North until we hit the Trans Canada and hoofed it into Moncton where we had a date with a full Costco parking lot.
|So does this count as "Off road"?|
"Costco on a motorcycle. Guaranteed to be a cheap stop."CLine had a bit of a laugh at herself over on Facebook, as did her friends who asked her to pick up some cat litter on the way home. As it was, we grabbed a package of medium freezer bags, her favourite frozen chinese dumplings, a couple sets of merino wool socks for ladies, and some computer reading glasses, a his and hers set. Most of that fit nicely in my stuff sack, rok strapped to the back seat of the Versys for the trip home, while she refused to let the dumplings out of her sight and tossed them into her cargo pack. I can change dear, honest I can.
|955NB on our way to Murray Corner NB|
If you are coming to the Island from Moncton, skip much of 15 and 16 by jumping onto NB 955 just East of Shemogue and ride through Murray Corner and hop back onto 16 just before the bridge back to the Island. You will not only have a nice little ride down some curvy back roads, but beat much of the traffic and the 16 wheelers that hog 16, and are no doubt following someone's gran who is afraid of hitting moose out of season so drives 20 kph under the posted limit. *sigh* Yes, that is how you get to and from the Island. Either race car fast, or painfully slow, and it seems to be in direct proportion to the duration of natural light. ie, Summer vs Winter.
|CLine rocking Cadman Corner on the 955|
We ended up back out on 16 just seconds ahead of the conga line of trucks and tourists all bound for the Red Isle, beat them onto the bridge, then stopped for fuel and a cuppa coffee on the other side at the Borden-Carleton Esso.
|The bridge awaits!|
|CLine has the bridge to herself for a few moments|
|Th-th-th-that's all folks|