July 17, 2011
17.07.2011 - 17.07.2011 33 °C
A POINT OF INTEREST WHILE READING MY BLOG. IF YOU CLICK ON "PHOTOGRAPHY" ON THE PAGE THAT COMES UP WHEN YOU LOG-IN, YOU WILL GET A TITLE FOR EACH OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AS WELL AS A BIT OF AN EXPLANATION OF THEM (SOMETIMES).
A full breakfast was available at the Travelodge in Saint John but I stuck to raisin bran and yogurt. The powdered scrambled eggs didn't do anything for me. I didn't get on the road until 9:30 a.m. I figured it was Sunday so I could take my time. Besides, I was really tired last night and didn't publish my blog. So I did that this morning before I left.
There wasn't a lot of traffic on the highway heading west out of Saint John. I stopped for gas in a little town about 40 kilometers west of town. I went in and paid for my gas. No hello. No thank you. No good bye. New Brunswickers don't appear to have the same warmth of the rest of the Maritimes. I had my last look at the Atlantic as I went by St. Stephens. After that the road goes inland.
I got to the border at Calais, Maine and had to wait only 15 minutes to get past customs. The border guard was quite friendly. I wish I could get back into my own country as nicely. I rode Hwy. #9 all the way into Bangor then #2 for the rest of the day. Both roads are secondary routes that go through agricultural areas. You go through more towns and villages on #2. From Calais to Bangor, things didn't look too prosperous. On highway 2, some of the villages look gritty and poor while others look quite prosperous. Except for Bangor, most of the towns are the size of Armstrong. There is still the occasional Walmart. The temperature was definitely higher today. It was about 24C when I left Saint John and got up to 33C in the afternoon in Maine. It got quite muggy in the afternoon and early evening. I enjoyed a day without rain.
There were an incredible number of motorcycles on the road today. By far, the majority are Harleys. Quite a few of the Harley guys will wave at you as you go by. The sport-bikers and BMW riders seem reluctant to wave. Helmets are not required in Maine. Most of the Harley riders don't wear them but the sport bikers and Goldwing riders ride with them.
I checked into a "mom and pop" motel in Bethel. As expected, the rate was $84 with taxes and they will cook me a full hot breakfast in the morning. The place is very clean and quite comfortable. They cater to motorcyclists, as they should considering the number on the road. I went down the highway about 200 meters to the Jolly Drayman, and English/Irish style pub and had a wonderful glass of Smithwick Ale (Irish) and a very good plate of fish and chips, complete with malt vinegar. The people that run the place were very friendly.
Bethel is an agricultural town. The fields across from the motel are full of very healthy looking potato plants.
Milage today = 502 kms
Milage todate =10,943 kms