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Friday, July 10, 2015

Today's Long Story Short ...

Greetings from McKenzie House B&B in Campbellton N.B.
Today’s long story short … Given yesterdays timing, I knew the scenic route planned for today was going to take far more time than I had so, change of plans: “Dan, what’s the fastest way?” He headed me down the TransCanada from St. Nicholas then north again, across New Brunswick from Edmunston to Campbellton on ‘scenic’ mountain route 17. Just over 500km took 9 hours, including an hour lost crossing into Atlantic Time. The scenery was beautiful … mountains, more mountains and still more mountains, but a word of warning, there’s little time for admiring the scenery. If you plan on travelling that particular scenic route (17N) you are better advised to be watching for wood debris and pot holes. Highway 17 is a two lane that is regularly used by Irving trucks (I met more than a few) to haul lumber out of the mountains. The road was littered with hunks of wood and shows its heavy wear much of the way.
But here I am at McKenzie House B&B (Yes, I’m treating myself,) blogging from the second story balcony. It’s a lovely old place and the proprietor Mike has been more than welcoming. (5 Stars for cleanliness and ambiance.) I feel right at home.
Campbellton is located on the south bank of the Restigouche River opposite Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec, where the river begins to empty into the Bay of Chaleur …
Tomorrow’s scenic route will take me along the Bay for a bit then (dam those reservations) I will have to take a short cut again to make to the Confederation Bridge before days end.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, you are really covering a lot of ground! Really nice looking B&B.

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    1. Richard, it doesn't really seem that far, but it sure seems to take a long time.

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  2. Great progress today. Nice pics too.
    When you camp, do you always make a reservation first? How easy is it to just pop in down that way?

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    1. Ed, normally reservations aren't required for one little tent, but this weekend there's a big music festival happening in PEI and I wanted to make sure I had a place to stay. (Glad I did, the place is full to the brim.) Last year I was fine with no reservations although when it got to the weekend I would have had to move sites in order to stay an extra day. Mid week I'm sure you'll have no problems - take a smartphone or tablet with you so you can check enroute for weekends though. I sometimes book the night before when I know for sure where I'm going.

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  3. Karen, your route might be similar to mine (once I get out of my darn contract...), and I also had this very B&B on my radar. Glad, you like it.
    You are now 2 days on the road, and clocked already a 1000km. Where are you rushing to? The north pole?

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    1. Nah, just rushing to have a little down time and meet family and friends on the Island. From here I'll do a little more meandering.

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  4. The B&B sure looks pretty. A lot of miles but you'll enjoy the down time when you get there.

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