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Mountain Road adventure

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Last week, we decided to take a drive along Mountain Road.  This is a trail extending from Mazerolle Settlement outside Fredericton, New Brunswick to Newmarket, near Harvey Station.  We used to take it regularly when my husband and I first knew one another, over 30 years ago.  In those days, it was a narrow road built along the side of Porcupine Mountain.  It was overhung with hardwoods and crossed the upper part of the Woolastook Game Refuge.  We decided it would make a good drive on an October afternoon.

The drive started with a sighting of White-tailed Deer near the road entrance.

Then we stopped briefly at an inlet of the St. John River, to watch a Blue Heron take off and circle the cove.

Although there are a few houses along the first part of the road, the area is generally uninhabited and the woods on either side of the road were still natural.  The trees were beautiful – oak, maple and beech were all in various autumn hues.

It has rained recently, and as we went further along the road, its deteriorated condition became evident.  Culverts were heaved at several points and we had to take our time as the waterholes in the road became deeper and deeper.

Although the road bed was generally solid, we could feel the tires slipping sideways in a couple of the puddles.

At last, unable to see through the muddy water, and wondering if there were any big rocks lurking there, ready to hang us up, my husband decided to turn back.  It was foolish to proceed with summer tires and no winch to help us if we did get stuck.  In the old days, we would have pressed on, willing to walk to the nearest main road, but arthritis interferes with foolish bravado!

Later, we’ll try the road from the other end.  Perhaps we were through the worst, and pavement was just beyond the next big puddle.

Copyright Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

October 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

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  1. I liked the photos. Good lord that’s a heck of a lot of water on that “road”.



    October 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    • Hi. The worst part was not being able to see down through the deep, muddy water. Jane


      jane tims

      October 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  2. Oh gosh, I’d have turned around too. Those are some mighty big puddles. Even so, it looks like a lovely ride/adventure. 🙂



    October 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi Robin. We love our driving adventures. The puddles were just too deep for our usual bravery to show through. Jane


      jane tims

      October 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  3. Sometimes NOT driving through that mystery puddle is the better decision. We’ve got ourselves in some serious messes going what the heck, let’s try it when we’ve been out for a drive. Now we are more cautious.


    Carol Steel

    October 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    • Hi. I would rather be ‘chicken’ than have to walk out of some of the places we go. When we were young, getting stuck was fun!!! Jane


      jane tims

      October 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  4. Hi Jane – must come back & look & to read properly but just quickly to say what amazing Autumn colours already. Here it’s only just stopped feeling hot a few days back & finally feels like Autumn’s starting. Haven’t found time for blogging recently but must try to make some time soon!!


    Sonya Chasey

    October 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    • Hi Sonya. I love your recent work… reminds me of summer! The leaves are going fast here… lots of wind and rain has helped. Jane


      jane tims

      October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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