Beautiful park!

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2010

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Mactaquac Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Sunday, June 13, 2010

Another 100km day! We weren`t quite expecting that. It`s hard to read the km markings on these maps sometimes. Oh well. We made it. Had a nice early start again this a.m. and did really well - 50km before stopping for lunch in Saint Leonard. Again, the road is beautiful and does follow the river nicely but it was definitely a little hillier coming up to Grand Falls (another really nice town that you would completley miss on the TC) and then past to Saint Leonard. After that, it became a bit rollier but, unfortunately, I was TIRED. I had actually been doing really well physically, even passing Adam (finally), but after lunch today I just crashed and hard (not literally crashed people!). We eventually made it into Edmunston after having a little trouble realizing where we were (the sign said Edmunston but really we were in St. Basile). As we were stopped looking at our map, a nice man on a motorcycle stopped to see if we needed help. He turned into our personal tour guide! He told us to follow the road and he`ll meet us at City Hall where he`ll show us what we`re looking for (bank, grocery store, trail head, and a McDonalds - hey, don`t judge us! we`ve done a lot of cycling!). So we get into town and he (Gerald) had actually run home to switch to his bicycle to take us around. Unfortunately, being NB, everything shuts down at 5pm so we were SOL on the grocery store but he did show us the bank and then offered to drive us to McDonald`s as it was up quite a hill OR there`s a Dairy Queen on the way to the trail head. Well, DQ serves burgers so that`s where we went AND I got ice cream. Mmmm...we needed that. Afterwards, Gerald took us to the trail head and even took us on some side streets to avoid the big hill in town (ahhh...local knowledge!) which gets on the trail that goes right by the Park and, shortly after, Quebec.

FYI: de la Republic Park is gorgeous and we highly recommend it! The staff here are amazing, they actually have a designated `cyclist campground area`, showers are hot, laundry is working, and it`s just a beautiful park.
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