Virtual cycling along the St. John River – day 3 to day 11


Although I haven’t been reporting regularly, I am continuing my 17 day virtual cycling trip down the headwater area of the St. John River.  I use my stationary cycle and Street View to follow a path from the headwaters in Quebec (near Lac Frontière) to a point on the upper St. John River in northern Maine (Red Pine Grove Landing Area).

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My path so far along the headwaters of the St. John River. Stickers are a great way to track my progress.

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I am still struggling with my goal of biking every second day, but I have done 11 days since I began.  Once I complete this portion of the trip, I will plot another segment to the Canadian border, and then eventually the entire length of the St. John River.

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Here is a brief glimpse of the sights I have seen on the first eleven days of my virtual travel.  Street View was available in Quebec but in northern Maine, all the Street View Roads go the wrong way.  Instead, I chose to ‘cycle’ down the middle of the river/tributaries while looking at the satellite photo and looking at images posted on the Web.  Not as exciting as Street View, but lots of imagination needed!

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Day 1 (Jan. 27) – 3.0 km – sparsely populated area; Parc Regional des Appalaches; Saint Fabien.

Day 2 (Jan 29) – 3.0 km

Day 3 (Feb 1) – 3.0 km

Day 4 (Feb 5) – 3.0 km

Day 5 (Feb 27) – 3.0 km – fireweed along the ditches; on the way to Ste. Lucie de Beauregard; teepee; Christmas tree plantation; old barn; long straight road stretching into the distance; peaks on the horizon.

Day 6 (Mar 11) – 3.0 km – visited a covered bridge near Ste. Lucie de Beauregard.

Day 7 (Mar 17) – 3.0 km – following Route du Lac toward Lac Frontière.

Day 8 (Mar 19) – 3.0 km – crossed stream, saw a sugar shack, closed for the season.

Day 9 (Mar 26) – 3.0 km – crossed into the United States; narrow cart track; dead trees; long shadows of trees along track; big bogs, red (cranberries?).

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Northern Maine
large bog in northern Maine – bright red – perhaps cranberries or bushes in fall colour

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Day 10 (April 2) – 3.0 km – following along Burntland Brook; rough cut roads; Focus Area of State-wide Ecological Significance ‘St. John River – Burntland Brook to Ninemile Bridge’ ; one of the plants found in this area is the Alpine Sweet Broom (Hedysarum alpinum L.) a bush in the bean family, with magenta pea-like flowers; lives along the calcareous gravels of the rivers and rare in Maine.  You can see images of this plant at

http://nativeplants.evergreen.ca/search/view-plant.php?ID=00341

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Day 11 (April 4) – 3.0 km – followed river, lots of shallow rapids; wilderness area with bogs and woods; large white granite boulders in river – these were broken by blasting during log drives.

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Looking forward to the next 6 days of my virtual travel and cycling!

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Best Always,

Alexandra

2 thoughts on “Virtual cycling along the St. John River – day 3 to day 11

  1. Philip and I can barely wait to get on our bikes,,,last year our first day biking was March 9th and I think it was in the “single digits temp wise”. Ha.! I think by November I will try a virtual cycle,,it sounds like a lot of fun.! Thanks for all your tips Jane,,,,and your book sounds like a lot of work but well worth it. I love checking in on your sites. I have learned a lot so far and have a lot left to learn. I still think you should teach something but then again,,,you are a teacher.!!! Have fun.!

    • Hi Patsi. I tried to bike for real last summer but I can’t bend my knees enough with the arthritis! Will try to get a custom bike this summer. Oh, to return to the flexibility of youth! Jane

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