Bike Ride - Summer 2002:
Bas St. Laurent & St. Johns River
Day Eleven


Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2002

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Montreal to St. John, New Brunswick
Day Eleven: Around Fredericton with Sheryl
Thursday, August 8, 2002


Getting Started

This was to be a day for Sheryl and I to explore together, driving-around by car rather than riding a bicycle. We awoke later than usual for cycling days, at 07:30, and after getting ourselves together, drove towards town on the highway, to have breakfast at the restaurant of the Fort. Nashwaak Motel, a place that had been recommended to us. Breakfast was okay, though the place was quite busy.

Morning Antiquing

After breakfast, we continued our way westward along Union and into town, to visit the places Sheryl had scoped out the evening before during her drive through town. I let Sheryl shop while I went across the road to a riverside park and hiked down to the water. When I returned, she was still shopping and buying, so I sat down to write.

View from Park

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View of Fredericton & Trestle

 

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Views of Fredericton

 

I next dropped Sheryl off further along the street, while I continued up the road to the Six Sisters Antiques, the place I had noticed while riding into town. Sheryl had already visited this antique store the day before. I found some postcards and some maps. When I returned, Sheryl was still shopping. I found some books to buy and Sheryl ended up buying a whole lot of clothes. It was near 12:00 when we were done.

We drove over the bridge to the main part of Fredericton, and headed towards the west end of town, where the tourist guide listed two antique stores. I immediately recognized one of these as being an antique store at which we had stopped briefly during our 1998 foray into town. The first antique store was a bust: We found nothing. At the second, Sheryl hit the jackpot and found six of the footed teacups she likes to collect.

Downtown Walkabout

Having exhausted the antique stores on our list, we headed downtown. Parking on the street was totally free, thanks to a 'free parking' pass Sheryl had picked up at the Tourist Info Centre out on the highway. It allowed tourists to ignore the parking meters. What a great idea!

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Fredericton Free Parking
 

We began our walkabout with lunch out on the terrace of Bugaboo Creek Pub, from 14:30 to 15:30.

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Fredericton Military Compound

 

Our walk on towards the center of town brought us past the Old Armoury, where they had a whole series of trendy craft and herb shops which enraptured Sheryl. She got caught up having a long discussion with an Indian shaman in the back of one of the stores.

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Fredericton Military Compound: Gallery

I took advantage of the time to walk down to the riverfront to explore.

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Fredericton: The Old Bridge

 

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Fredericton: Old Bridge Support Fredericton: The Old Bridge

 

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Fredericton: View Downriver & Trestle

 

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Fredericton: View of Trans-Canada Bridge

 

Then I caught a live show between 16:30 and 17:00, where two girls and six boys in period costumes regaled us with stories and songs. Sheryl joined me to catch the tail end of this show.

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Fredericton Military Compound: Marching Guards Fredericton Military Compound from Riverside

 

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Fredericton Military Compound: Old Guardhouse

 

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Fredericton Military Compound: Live Show

 

Vignette: History of Fredericton (Tourist Brochure)
This has been removed from this lite version.

We walked on down across downtown to Owl Books, where we had spent time during our 1998 visit. It was one of the few stores open past 17:00. We stayed until closing time at 19:00 and bought ourselves quite a load of used books.

Outdoors and across the street from the bookstore, in front of City Hall, Outdoor stalls set up and were still open. The area was thick with tourists. We joined the throng, exploring the various booths. Sheryl had more stamina than I. I finally had to take a sit down.

In the City Hall parking lot just behind, we happened on an impromptu old car gathering. We spent some time looking at the vintage 1950s and 1960s cars (with one from 1932) and listening to their owners talk up their cars.

It was near dusk as we walked east along the main street, to a park where we sat with the crowd and caught a few numbers by a local Flamenco group. (Actually, the group was from St. John and we would hear more about them in a few days).

We had dinner at the nearby Snooty Fox Pub, steak and kidney pie.

Heading Back

We ended off our evening with coffee take-out from the familiar Tim Horton's near our motel. This time I made sure the coffees were hot!

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