The Reconnecting With Canada: North crew are heading, as you would expect, North. Unlike most motorcyclists they aren’t waiting for clear skies and warm days, they are doing the ride in winter. Join the team of riders Joe Lloyd and Paul Mondor and support drivers Jesse Clark and Flora Lloyd as they prepare the bikes for the trip.
Slab City, “turn on, tune in, drop out”, this is a place to get at least one of those right. Gaining its appellation from the concrete slabs remaining from the flattened and abandoned WWII Marine Barracks Camp Dunlap, the slabs play host to hippies in shanty-town shacks, octogenarians RVs and hermits with a social life. But, the most notable resident is a man building a technicolor dream mountain.
We’re in a bar, because if you’re going to kick off a series called “Road to Ruins” it needs to start in a bar. A properly seedy bar, one in a town where dreams haven’t just been dashed or faded, they’ve been bludgeoned to death and their corpses dissolved in a toxic stew.
Back on the mainland, Joe & Flora explore the Gaspesie peninsula and some of the odd inhabitants at Bonaventure Island. Then its back to the St. Lawrence river and the heart of french Canada, Montreal!
Curbsyde’s second Newfoundland episode showcases some more amazing scenery and marine life. Joe & Flora experience some great Newfoundland hospitality, and interesting characters before making it to the furthest eastern point of the Reconnecting With Canada series; Signal Hill.
There is a soft solid plop behind me as a lime falls from the tree, sacrificed its virgin self to the dark gods of Rum and Coke. I pick it up, set it on the table for later and seal its Cuba Libre fate. Kevin and I have reached Cabo Pulmo in the Southern Baja, and are recuperating at the beach house at the end of the world. Nine kilometers of what we’ve come to consider gentle gravel and light sand to the north of us is a line. Another latitude collected by motorcycle, the Tropic of Cancer.
Curbsyde’s traveling duo make it to Canada’s most eastern province of Newfoundland. A land known for it’s majestic scenery, fishing villages, and moose are sure to captivate Joe & Flora as they explore the Western side of this maritime province.
Joe and Flora finish Quebec with a visit to the amazing Bioparc, then the two head to Canada’s pristine maritime provinces and visit the Fairmont Algonquin’s happy canine ambassador “Smudge”. Then its onward towards the famous Cabot Trail!
South of the oasis town of Mulege and rounding the corners overlooking Bahia Concepcion it’s hard not to be distracted. White sailboats, float on azure waters, bracketed by eggshell beaches, all rendered in travel brochure saturation… And then someone throws a car at you – several, in fact. The topper though is the bus.
Joe & Flora enter the famous Charlevoix region. One of North America’s oldest holiday making spots, and for good reason! Then it’s off to visit Jordy at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu before making their way along the St. Lawrence river into the Quebec Maritimes.
In the conclusion of the Baja: Tropic of Cancer series, Kevin and Neil reach their destination in Baja, Mexico. They also reach some conclusions about their long term Honda Varaderos.
Joe & Flora meet a polar bear named Nanook, then it’s off to the French speaking province of Quebec. Famous for amazing food and scenery, not to mention some nation changing history. Flora even gets a chance to do a little dog walking!