I’ve probably done the drive from Fredericton to Moncton 30 times if not more. I always fill up before I leave Fredericton. There’s a gas station just as you’re leaving civilization in Upper Gagetown. But for my New Brunswick book tour I didn’t.
There are no gas stations on the highway between Upper Gagetown and Petitcodiac, at least none that showed up on my Google map. At the mid-point I realized I might not make it. The mid-point is not where you want to be if you’re running out of gas. Or maybe it is, as I was forced to soldier on and not backtrack.
I did eventually make it after driving on empty for 30 miles. I doubt I had two miles of gas left. If it was Christmas I’d have called it a Christmas miracle.
The reason there are no gas stations must have to do with the fact that the overpasses have no exit ramps. There are a few roads that intersect but none that you can access. There seem to be a lot of overpasses in New Brunswick without basic access.
If you don’t have access to an overpass, there is no exit. And without an exit there’s no place to put a gas station. I’m sure if somebody could put a gas station halfway between Upper Gagetown and Petitcodiac it would clean up in stupid people like me who didn’t fill up in before leaving town.