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You might be from New Brunswick if you can’t find a gas station

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.

[Note: This has been edited slightly. I changed Oromocto to Upper Gagetown. And apparently there is a gas station in Sussex which didn’t show up on my iPhone. Nonetheless, that’s a long stretch.]


Mel’s Tea Room and a chance meeting

On my drive back to Halifax from Fredericton I stopped into Mel’s Tea Room to give them a signed copy of dePictions. I spent a lot of wasted time at Mel’s when I was at Mount Allison, the least I could do was give them a book to put on their counter. In dePictions there is a cartoon about Mel’s.

After leaving Mel’s I happened to stop over at the Bridge Street Cafe and ran into my old painting professor Virgil Hammock and Harold Jarche. We had a great conversation about art and politics.

Virgil has a great blog called Beauty & Art. [Link below]

Rob Ford cartoon for Nov. 6


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