Lobster Roll Layover

Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
Trip End Jun 23, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Heading out of St. John, I'm feeling a little bit better but still not 100%.  The weather is not helping, it is cold and gray and a little drizzly.  Not enough to get soaking wet but enough to see it on the windshield of the Harley and on my face shield.  I am making good time but as I get closer to Norton, NB I start feeling worse and worse.

Suddenly, my worst fear:  I have to puke and I have to puke now but I'm traveling at 70 MPH in the middle of Nowhere, New Brunswick, Canada.  I slow down as quickly as I can but I'm not going to make it so I pop the face shield, lean over and let fly, hoping that I don't get any on the bike or my backpack riding behind me.  Note to self:  puking on a motorcycle is not fun, avoid in the future!

I pull off on the shoulder of the road to get my wits back.  I had passed a billboard advertising a gas station in a few kilometers so I decide to go there.  A few kilometers later and I roll into the Norton One Stop at exit 124 on Route 1.  I'm actually feeling better now that I've puked but I realize I am just not going to make it to Halifax.

I go into the One Stop and find a payphone because my mobile phone doesn't work in Canada.  I call the Best Western in Halifax and cancel my reservation for the night.  Luckily the gas station has wi-fi so I start trying to find someplace close to layover and get better. At this point all I really need is a bed and a toilet but if I can find something reasonable I will go for it. The nearest big city is Moncton and I find a Best Western there so I call and make a reservation.

I take 30 minutes to sit outside in the fresh air and drink some water before getting back on the road.  My goal now is Moncton, about 90 minutes away.  If I make it I will be getting there early, about 2 PM.  I am hoping they will let me check-in early so I can take a nap.

The ride to Moncton is thankfully uneventful and I roll into the Best Western at about 2 PM as planned.  Checking in, the desk clerk is very helpful and happy to let me check in early.  She sees that I have platinum status and immediately upgrades me to a suite.  I ask her for something far away from any noise and she tells me "no problem".

Going up to the room, I find it very very nice.  Probably the best room I've ever stayed in.  It is all I can do to not fall right on the bed and crash. Instead I unpack and take off my road clothes before hitting the bed for a nap.
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