Days 15-16

Thursday, June 13
     North Sydney, NS to Sackville, NB
     273 miles; cloudy with periods of rain; temps mid 50′s

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North Sydney, NS to Sackville, NB

Once we got off the ferry at North Sydney in my mind I switched from vacationing mode to getting home mode. It always works that way for me the last day or two on my trips. So I didn’t think much about the ride, seeing sights or taking photos, particularly since I’d ridden this route on several earlier trips.


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Antenna farm at Radio Canada International, Sackville

But every time I pass Radio Canada’s large antenna farm just east of Sackville on the Trantramar Marshes it brings back memories of my ham radio days when I was a kid on the farm. There are 10 curtain array antennas suspended from poles and towers that were used to broadcast signals simultaneously from 9 transmitters. Unfortunately, all shortwave radio transmissions from RCI ceased in 2012 and service is now available only on the internet.


Friday, June 14
     Sackville, NB to Topsham, ME
     400 miles; partly cloudy; temps mid 50′s to mid 60’s

Sackville to Topsham map

Sackville, NB to Topsham, ME

Today we made a beeline for Topsham, with only one stop of significance — the duty free shop at the border crossing to snag a bottle of 12 year old Glenlivet.


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Fresh clams

Paul had called ahead to ask Linda to get some fresh clams and lobster for a traditional Maine feast at the Wilson B&B. Paul cooked them to perfection, and were they ever tasty!


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Lobster dinner

Next on the menu was the fresh lobster Paul and Linda had prepared. They know how to do it just right and it was tasty as ever, a marvelous “welcome home” dinner. The evening was capped off when we lifted a toast to our trip, courtesy of Linda’s Maker’s Mark.