68 km, 3.75 hours
As we left Fredericton, it felt great to be back on the bikes. Scott commented that it almost felt like the bike was pulling him along, but that could have been due to the maintenance and cleaning we just completed. We had a beautiful, fast ride to Jemseg along highway 105, wide shoulders, flat, little traffic; highly recommended!
We had been hearing about people who graze their cows on islands in the Saint John river, but hadn’t actually seen the cows until today. It’s seems like great idea, because many of the islands flood in the spring, bringing silt downstream to replenish the soil, but the cows also graze very near (or in) the water, so manure ends up in the river system. A mixed blessing in our opinion.
After Jemseg the road got a bit hillier, and our bodies started to remind us that we hadn’t been on the bikes for over a week. Nothing serious, but our legs definitely weren’t ready for any high-speed hill climbing.
We are in Gagetown tonight, in a B&B due to the threat of heavy rain overnight. We did stay in the tent last night though, so it’s getting a bit of use.