Day 11: July 3, 2000
Madawaska, ME to Casselman, ON
(475 miles)

So this is Canada, eh? The morning started out with light rain in Madawaska, ME. I was at the Post Office right after it opened at 8:30 AM. Inside the Post Office they have a display case with pictures and memorabilia regarding the Four Corners Tour. There's a picture of a guy & his bike, and there is 3 feet of snow on the ground! In Madawaska, about 10 people must have asked me if I was doing the Four Corners Tour. It is a big deal here.

I crossed the bridge over the Saint Johns River into Edmundston, New Brunswick. I didn't look at the map close enough when I was planning this trip, I thought I would enter into Quebec, so it turns out that I will be visiting 32 states and 3 Canadian Provinces, not 2. Canadian Immigration was tough, lots and lots of questions about where I was going, how long I was staying, did I have any brass knuckles with me (honest, that's one of the things they asked me!) I guess I passed the exam, because after interviews with 2 different Immigration officers, I was allowed to enter.

I stopped in St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! (a real place) for some breakfast and supplies, and when I paid the lady with a $20 bill, she gave me all of my purchases, and the change was a $20 bill with the Queen on it and some cool coins! Now this is really great, a person could eat for free here if he just had enough Andrew Jacksons!

I rode to Riviere-du-Loop and arrived at the ferry landing just as they were starting to load the cars on the boat. This is one time when it is really cool to ride a motorcycle, because they let you go to the front of the line, you get on the boat first, and you're the first to get off! The ride across the St. Lawrence River took a little over an hour, and was pretty neat. The ferry was 260 feet long, and probably had about 100 cars on board. I love to take the ST on ferry boat rides, I think this is about the 8th one we have taken over the years.

On the other side of the River, I took some scenic roads through a lot of places with French names that I cannot pronounce, but I can tell you it was really beautiful. By the time I got on Canadian Auto Road 40 (a freeway), it was after 1:00 PM, and I had only traveled about 150 miles. So the rest of the afternoon and evening were spent on various Canadian roads, trying to make some miles. It was still light at 8:30 PM when I stopped, but it would get dark by 9:00, and there were lots of signs saying that the danger of moose encounters was very high at night. I rode through the city of Quebec, Montreal, and I was trying to make it to Ottawa, but I stopped in a small town about 30 miles short of my goal. Tomorrow, I will ride the rest of the Canadian part of the trip, and on Wednesday morning I have an appointment to get new tires in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. It looks like I will spend the Fourth of July in Canada. Oh well.

I'm bleary-eyed tired, and I'm going to go to bed, Good Night.

Rick Brookes
ST1100, VFR750F, Hawk NT650GT
1998: 50cc Quest
1999: Bun Burner Gold
Summer 2000: BBG 3000, Four Corners Tour

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