Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shediac, NB

Last fall I was following the adventures of Kedgi and when I was planning my Atlantic trip I had the desire to meet him so he invited me to visit them when I reached Shediac and he promised to feed me home made lobster rolls made by his partner, Angele.    You can read about his adventure to South America HERE

We had been exchanging emails and he had the bright idea to meet me "on the road" somewhere in PA as he had just purchased a new KTM and was anxious to put on some miles so I also started a RR: Ride Report which you can read here.   His plan was to ride around Lake Superior and be back home in Shediac before I arrived but he was delayed with bike troubles which he posted here..  We missed each other by about an hour as he was heading West on I-80 the same night I arrived at State College, PA

We left our campsite early Monday morning to the sounds of the dreaded rain and packed our tents WET
and headed over the Confederation Bridge in gusting winds which made riding challenging.  I had to slow down and I thought it would help to be in a lower gear


Kedji (Dwight) was waiting for us but we thought we should go to the visitor's centre and snap a few photos of the worlds Largest lobster


I went into the gift shop and was snapping photos of the scenery


and snapped a few more of the Lobster


and finally we decided to leave and as we headed back to our bikes, a shiney, new KTM appeared and parked next to us


it was Dwight.  He was following our spot tracker and knew where we were so he headed over to meet us


we took a few photos of each other


and then he led us "home" for the evening


we unloaded our bikes and stored our stuff in his garage


he also set up some chairs so we could drape and dry out our tents.  Notice the new Super Sherpa in the background.   Dwight made us feel so welcomed.  He invited a few friends over to meet us and put on the BBQ for hamburgers, hotdogs and Lobster rolls


sorry, only photos of the most delicious lobster rolls made by Angele


they went fast and soon there was only one left.  So when no one was looking,  I took it  . . .


It was really, really good.  This morning it was time to pack up our things and head out, but not before a healthy breakfast prepared by Angele.  MMMmm,  ham & eggs, toast, coffee and yoghurt


and Dwight helps out with route planning as we head West


we follow his suggesting to take a nice backroad which led to a cable ferry


we arrived at the end of the road as the cars we just rolling on so we rolled on too and before you could even put your kick stand down, we were already floating away from the dock


I only managed a couple of photos and were were nearly on the other side


This shortcut eventually joins up with the highway but soon we stop to consult our maps and it starts to rain


and I dig out my rain jacket.


as we fill our gas tanks the sky opens up and becomes a waterfall and we are forced to take refuge in the gas station to wait it out


in a few minutes there is a short reprieve so we head to the local restaurant to have lunch


and we are hoping that the rain will be less violent when we finish our meal..  As we continue Westward the skies clear and it becomes hot and humid


and tonight we are in Woodstock, NB


19 comments:

  1. Great photos. I like the side saddle w/umbrella, the colorful chairs and especially the last cloud photo. Even with the foul weather, it still sounds like you are having a great time.

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    1. Richard:

      the weather did put a damper on our PEI visit. We had to delete the North Cape ride which should have been rugged coastline with lots of lighthouses. The cloud photo was taken while riding and keeping a lookout for moose

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  2. Too bad you're getting so much rain, but it does make for some great photos.

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    1. Canajun:

      light or normal rain is okay, but not the torrential kind. Lucky today, we out ran the black clouds

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  3. Ah, Bob ... you're such a sneaky photographer... But the sun finally shone!

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    1. Karen:

      everyone loves your side saddle/umbrella photo but it was nice to have clear skies during the afternoon

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  4. What a wonderful time with friends and lobsters!

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    1. Deb:

      Yes, new friends and we hope to see them again. they had also lived in Vancouver but moved around 8 years ago back to Shediac, NB

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  5. Bob, that shot of Karen with the brolly begs questions, no? "What the heck?" springs to mind.

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    1. David:

      that $4.99 umbrella BROKE, so all that is left is that photo

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  6. Love the photo of Karen with the umbrella on the bike. Made me look twice to see if she was moving. :) Despite the rain, it all looks good: people, food, places. Ah. Adventure.

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    1. Lori:

      that is a classic pose. too bad she wasn't riding. it was pouring rain and we had nowhere to shelter ourselves and we needed to find out where we were. We're not lost, we just didn't know where we were

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  7. Hi Bob, I am Karen's friend, Barbara (giver of Christmas heated vest). I am enjoying following your blog, as well as Karen's. Thanks for posting pictures of her, as she never posts any of herself! While the subject of Karen, how has she managed through the 'lobster' provinces? She does not like lobster (I do); so am envious of all the succulent pictures. Safe journey!

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    1. Barb:

      glad to finally meet you. Karen said that this heated vest was from you as she was putting it on. It was the first time she has ever used it.

      I have gotten to know that she loves to have turkey sandwiches, with chicken being a close 2nd

      thanks for following along, I take lots of Karen photos but I only post a few. We are now in the land of french fries and poutine

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  8. Love the picture of Karen with the umbrella - she needs to make that her blog header picture.

    It may have been raining on your parade but you got to meet some new friends and eat delicious food.

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    1. Trobairitz:

      when I saw her umbrella I just had to take a photo. It was really raining hard when she was looking at her map. Lucky I am using one of those waterproof cameras

      It was great meeting new friends. They made us feel so much at home and went out of their way to feed and shelter us

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  9. I like the idea of an umbrella....hmmmm

    I also liked the large lobster.....

    dom

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    1. Dom:

      You could put an umbrella holder on your sidecar

      That lobster looked so real. You need to ride Valencia here

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  10. More photo proof of what you mentioned you liked about R series BMWs - big jugs!

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