OUR CMA 2009 JOURNAL… New Connections
Getting on the road for a trip to a new destination is always exciting. Although Rosemary and I have been up to the northwestern and southern parts of New Brunswick, we have never seen Caraquet nor Bathurst in the northeast coastal area. So, this will be a new experience.
Tuesday, 11 August. Our original travel plan is to leave the Boston area and travel to Bangor, Maine and then turn east toward St-John and Moncton. But looking at Mapquest and our navigator, both indicate that the shortest route is to go up to the Madawaska region in St-Leonard, NB on the St-John River which is all four-lane highway and then turn east through St-Quentin and then on to Bathurst; which is what we did. It turned out to be an 9-hour drive so we made good time. We have reservations at the Lakeview Inn in Bathurst which we made a year ago. We pull in around 9PM local time. I always forget that the Maritime provinces are one hour ahead of us. The staff is exceedingly helpful and friendly and the rooms are comfortable. The signs welcoming us to the ‘Congrès Mondial Acadien’ make it clear that we are in the right place.