I am at the new Brunswick Welcome Center, just north of Edmundston, NB, close to where Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec come together. Therefore, I have achieved the first goal of the ride: reaching the Maritime Provinces. I am about 2800 miles or 4500 km from the point of beginning in Houston. I have had a very interesting and easy, but uneventful, trip down the St. Lawrence from Thousand Islands to Riviere du Loup, Quebec. Along the way I experienced Le Jour de St.Jean-Baptiste (St. John the Baptist’s Day) in Montreal. This is the most important holiday of the year for the more Nationalist among the Quebecois. Also spent more than a day in Quebec City, and visited the Bic National Park, near Rimouski on the St. Lawrence. Here I couldn’t help reverting to being a geologist again because of the classic exposures of anchimetamorphic sapropelic shales, showing an axial plane cleavage and very strong deformation on the limbs of major folds. The bedding could be recognised from sporadic occurrences of conglomeratic and sandy channel fills at various scales. There were also classic evidences of fluid expulsion along and across the bedding.
I don’t have the time today to write up a full report, because it is Canada Day, and then Monday is July 4th, so any shopping and mailing that I have to do, I have to do today by crossing the river into Maine. The same with telephone calls. However, as soon as I can, I will.
Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US, Canada Day to everyone in Cnada. July 5th will be Tynwald Day in the Isle of Man, but I don’t think I have a Manx person on this list!