Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 38 and 39, Moncton to Sussex, New Brunswick

Day 38 is one of our event days. There is no relay today, but there are presentations at schools, a mall, and the boys and girls club of Moncton
We had a couple of hours to kill in the morning, so Wendy, (transport), Mike, (security and safety, and Sonny (our endurance athlete) and myself went to the Flower Pot Rocks at the Bay of Fundy

The sign at the enterance warns people to be off the beach by 1220, they say the tide can come in at one foot a minute. We were there around 11 am.

Bay of Fundy

The view from the top
The view from the bottom. There were 99 steps down to the beach. Not exactly wheel chair accesible. With Mike's help, Sonny (who has muscular dystrophy) managed to get down the stairs with a cane. I carried his wheel chair. The beach was fairly solid, so he managed to get around not too badly.

The water was a chocolate brown color

At the highest tides, the water can rise as much as 40 ft.

The tide started to come in really fast, I ended up dropping my camera, and as we speak, I am not sure if it can be saved. (I am borrowing one of Sonny's cameras for the time being)

The banks look like they are not stable, but they seem very solid

A lot of snails under the seaweed, and there are tiny mud shrimp in the sands
On the way back to Moncton, Albert Mines.

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The Petitcodiac River, outside Moncton, also known as the Chocolate River  (high tide)

Same view, as tide is receding

high tide


At low tide, you see these mud banks all over the Moncton area
Event day for me was going to the Moncton Boys and Girls club for a small presentation about the Rick Hansen relay.

The two biggest kids in the place, Kyle and Jeremy from our team

Matt, (our endurance athlete) talking to Dan who is one of the staff at the club. Matt was paralyzed in a rock climbing accident 8 years ago

We ended up hanging with the kids (age 6 to 17) for 3 hours.

The kids were very interested in the Rick Hansen story. A lot of them knew a bit about Rick from what they have learned in their schools. They asked a lot of questions, and were very curious about Matt's injury. A lot of of the kids come from some of the less fortunate families in Moncton. This is a place for them to hang out and just be themselves, it was another humbling experience for me to be part of. It was hard to go, and a lot of them didn't want us to leave, either 
Day 39 started me with me at the helm of the media/pace motorhome. First stop was at a farmer's market in Moncton

Josh (one of our pilots) contemplating the day. The pilots lead the medal bearer shuttle to the drop off points in each segment
Shiny happy meal bearers!

Pilot leading drop off shuttle to the next medal bearer segment

Big support for this medal bearer.

One of our sponsor stops, this time a brief 5 minute stop to honor Honda
For sale, only used one month, (so far)

Riverview, New Brunswick Skatepark and youth Center

Salisbury, NB, population 2036

They had a reception in the town firehall for the relay crew and the medal bearers , and who ever else in the community wanted to show up. Treated like gold again, they served us lunch.

The medal bearer was treated to a rousing welcome by this air cadet band from Petitcodiac, N.B., at the Maritime motorsports hall of fame

This classic was used to transport the medal for a segment in Petitcodiac

the motorsport hall of fame had a lot of classics, unfortunately, there was no time this trip to check it all out
Driving into Sussex, NB, the rain really started coming down, (we have been so blessed with good weather so far)

End of day celebration in Sussex at the Sussex elementary school

We took the show indoors due to the inclement weather

Good crowd tonight, great support for our medal bearers!

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