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


Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2002

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Montreal to St. John, New Brunswick
Day Fourteen: Around St. John with Sheryl
Sunday, August 11, 2002


Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~09:00)
St. John: Balmoral Court Motel in the Fog

Foggy Morning

We awoke at 08:00 and I quickly dressed to go out to fetch some of the free 'continental breakfast' that was offered by the motel: Muffins, toast and coffee. I brought these back to the cabin, we sat inside at the small kitchen table and enjoyed them. We got ourselves ready slowly. I had to unpack and repack all the bike gear, stowing it in the suitcases for the trip home and bringing out all of my street clothes.


It was not until 11:00 when we got on our way. Sheryl’s stop at the Tourist Information Office the day before had armed her with a comprehensive list of places she wanted to check out:

Charlotte Street.
25 United Bk. Exch.

Union Street
160 Loyalist City Coins
196 Book Broker

Canterbury Street
11 Shaka's Haven herbal
15 Book Trellis
55 Red House Bookshop
Prince Edward Street
105 Scholar's Den

Antique Auction: Viewing: 1-2
1460 Monawagonish

 

(St. John Official Map)
Back and Forth Around St. John
(Map Removed from this Lite-version.)
 

 

Irving Nature Park

Our first destination of the day was to be the Irving Nature Park, an entire local peninsula and marsh left in its natural state. We would spend from 11:00 until 14:30 there. Around the motel it had been foggy. It remained foggy as we descended the hill and found our way along the back streets to the nature park. Fog enveloped the beach where we stopped on the causeway leading out to the peninsula. We spent some time at the beach, taking a walk together. Just on our approach to the beach area, Sheryl had noticed lots of wild rose bushes in full bloom and wanted to return to get rose petals.

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~11:00)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Beach in the Fog.

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Beach in the Fog.
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Sheryl Picking Shells on Beach

 

We proceeded to drive around the park peninsula, making a number of stops. We soon came into a sunny portion, though we could see the fog still hanging back over the inner bay and the city. We had some climbs out on the rocks. We stopped at a rocky cove. We took a walk out on the marsh boardwalk at the high tide. We came to a big bar-b-q stop where we were high above the water and could see the fog bank clearly. Finally, completely around the peninsula, we stopped at the sunny side of the causeway beach. The far end of the causeway was still deep in fog.

(Irving Nature Park Map)
Irving Nature Park
(Map Removed from this lite-version.)
 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~12:00)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Tidal Mud Flats

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Looking out towards Open Ocean

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Sheryl in the Trees

 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~12:30)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Fog Bank Offshore

 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~12:30)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Sheryl on the Beach

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
On the Rocks Plants on the Rocks

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Venus Flytraps

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Rocky Promontory & Fog Bank towards City

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Marsh Boardwalk at High Tide

 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~14:00)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Looking East across Marsh at High Tide
Fog Bank over City

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Looking East along Beach
Fog Bank over City

 

Reversing Falls Re-Visited: Tide Coming In

At 14:30 we drove back into town, from the sunshine back into the dense fog. We made a second stop at the Reversing Falls. It was now 15:00 and the 'falls' were going in the opposite direction, with the massive tidal surge heading inland through the gap.

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~15:00/Aug 10: Day 13 ~19:00)
St. John: Reversing Falls: Tide Coming In
Compare with Evening Before

 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~15:00/Aug 10: Day 13 ~19:00)
St. John: Reversing Falls: Tide Coming In: Upstream
Compare with Evening Before

 

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St. John: Reversing Falls: Signs of the Old Bridge

 

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St. John: Reversing Falls:
Incoming Current at High Tide

 

View from Western End of Ridge

My curiosity piqued, it was time to respond to Sheryl’s. We drove out to the other end of Manawaganish Boulevard, past our motel, to an Antique auction, which we checked out from 15:20 to 16:00. I was bored after a few minutes and so left Sheryl to explore while I hiked over to the edge of the cliff, to get a great encompassing photo shot of the Irving Park peninsula below.

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~16:00)
St. John: View over Lowlands from Monawagamish Rd.

 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~16:00)
St. John: View of Irving Nature Park
from Monawagamish Rd.

 

Downtown Walkabout

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St. John: Walkabout: Tiny House
We retraced our route of the evening before, back into the old part of town, still deep in fog, and parked at Union & Charlotte. We checked out some used bookstores. Most were closed (for good). It was a depressed area. One store was open, so we browsed for a bit, but did not find anything. We stopped in at another and found a few books. Finally, we ate lunch at Subways.

We took a walking tour to explore the Old Town's most interesting architecture. We walked south along Geramin Street (the street below the market, which was closed on Sundays) and then back along Canturbury Street.We were back at the car by 18:00.


 

(St. John Official Map)
Downtown
(Map removed from this lite-version.)

 

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St. John: Walkabout: Church Spire in Fog

 

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St. John: Walkabout: Church

 

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St. John: Walkabout: Church

 

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St. John: Walkabout:
St. John Synagoque

 

Back to the Beach

Sheryl was not done at the beach. She wanted to pick some wild roses from outside the park, so we drove back over and I hiked down to the beach, now beset by both fog and dusk, while Sheryl picked. We were both happy. It was now low tide and the whole beach had an eerie look about it. From the water's edge, it was impossible to see the car through the thick fog.

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~18:00)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Beach in Evening Fog

 

Click to enlarge (Taken on 2002 Trip: Aug 11: Day 14 ~18:00)
St. John: Irving Nature Park
Beach in Evening Fog

 

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St. John: Irving Nature Park
Looking Towards the Car in the Evening Fog

 

Back into Town

We drove, then, back into town once more. We had decided to have dinner at a seafood place on Water Street, right across from the music tent of the Festival-by-the-Sea. We got there at 19:00, but had to squeeze into the one remaining table outside, and then wait a long time for service. We had a great meal of steamers, lobster bisque, lobster, clams & mussels and wine, all the while listening to the 'Men of the Deeps' in concert. The city was still wrapped in fog and everything was damp. Electric heaters had been set up outside to keep us warm.

On the way back to the motel, we stopped at Tim Horton's to get a caffeine night cap.

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