|The "Chateau Moncton"|
Tonight we are on rue Main Street in bi-lingual New Brunswick, staying at the Chateau Moncton, in Moncton. We flew through a cold front to get here, having to penetrate some large clouds after passing Fredericton.
|R. Richelieu flowing from L. Champlain,|
south of Montreal
|Roadside flowers, Sherbrooke, QC|
Shall we be able to get through the cold front without any trouble? I wondered.
"We'll see," said my pilot.
|Beautiful lakes near the Maine-New Brunswick border|
|Clouds near Mt. Megantic on the Maine-Quebec border|
|Rainbow in cold front clouds, near Fredericton, New Brunswick|
|About to penetrate the cloud base, east of Fredericton|
|Out of cloud, flying over the Northumberland Strait|
near Shediac, New Brunswick
Once we reached the ground and had crossed Rwy 29 at Moncton, ahead of a jet whose pilot courteously waited to let us go by, the ground controller directed us to the Flight College facility where polite young people greeted us and told us where to fuel and park the plane. One of them, Ben, even offered to drive us to our hotel in the town, an offer we gratefully accepted because he saved us both the expense of a taxi and the wait for it to arrive. At the Flight College, by the way, copies of the aviation books that Chris has written --- Flying Beyond, etc. --- were on sale at the dispatch desk, and the training room was full of young men from China. They come to Canada (those who can afford it) to learn things they cannot learn at home.
Chris has had his transponder checked this evening, because it was intermittently failing on our way here. I hope this isn't going to cause a big problem. The mechanic came to look at the transponder but is having his equipment calibrated, so we may need to wait a few days. He did take it apart and put it back together, and give the antenna a clean, couldn't see anything obviously wrong, so Chris will do a test flight tomorrow after which we may be able to continue our journey. Otherwise we'll rent a car and explore at ground level.
|Bikes parked near the festival park at Moncton|
|Cirrus at sunset, from |
the riverside at Moncton