virtual cycling along the St. John River – Day 1 and 2

January 29, 2015 ‘le mont Sugar Loaf’ Jane Tims


This week, I began my virtual cycling trip along the St. John River, using my stationary cycle and Street View in Google Earth.


My trip begins in western Quebec, Canada, near the border with the United States. This is the location of the headwaters of the North-west Branch of the St. John River near Lac Frontière and Lac Talon.  Here, the river becomes a maze of smaller tributaries and lakes.


I began near the town of Saint-Fabien-de-Panet, travelling along Route 283 South and continuing along the long, very straight Route 204.  This week I completed Day 1 and Day 2 of my long trip for a total of 6.0 km and 60 minutes of biking.


Along the way I saw:

  • trees, lots of trees (maple, birch and spruce)
  • ditches of asters
  • piles of stove wood ready for the winter
  • snowmobile crossing signs


I crossed a creek eventually flowing into Lac Talon and saw le mont Sugar Loaf in the distance (see my pencil drawing above).  There are lots of mountains named Sugar Loaf in Canada and the northeastern United States.  For example, we have a Sugar Loaf in New Brunswick – see


Next time, we’ll see where that long, straight Route 204 takes us!


Best always, Alexandra


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