It’s Saturday in Sussex

We live on the outskirts of the Town of Sussex, New Brunswick. For those unfamiliar with Maritime Canada, we’re the province between Quebec on the west and Nova Scotia on the East. Our town is in the southeastern part of the province.

On any typical Saturday during the summer months, there are a lot of things going on, and today was no exception. In the centre of the town, approximately 300 cyclists gathered to participate in “Ellen’s Tour de Sussex 2022”. This annual event is held in memory of Ellen Watters, a competitive cyclist who was tragically killed in an accident on the road outside of Sussex. It’s goal is to raise awareness of “Ellen’s Law” which requires drivers to allow a minimum of 1 metre between a cyclist and their vehicle and to slow down for the safety of all.

There were three levels for people to participate in: the 25k, 50k and 80k routes all of which took riders on a tour of a very scenic part of Kings County between Sussex and Hampton and, on the longer route, the Kingston Peninsula. Maybe next year I’ll try the first level! For now, I was content to grab a few photos as those tackling the 25k route left Leonard’s Gate in downtown Sussex.

Over at Princess Louise Park there were at least four other events happening. There was a least one baseball game, some kids skateboarding in the park, a dog agility show in the arena at the Show Centre, a barrel racing and pole bending competition in one of the outside riding rings and cattle penning in the other. In other words, there was nor shortage of events to watch, enjoy or participate in – and that’s just in the core of the town.

Earlier I enjoyed a peaceful bike ride through the walking / bicycling trails. Early in the morning, everything smells sweet and fresh and the air is clear – my favourite time of day.

When I got home, I spent a few minutes checking out our own space – roses, lilacs, hostas and more! In other words, a perfect almost-summer Saturday in Sussex.

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