BANGOR, Maine -- So we were sitting in my boss’ office the other day and talking about last year’s travel around North America with the Stanley Cup.
I mentioned how much great material we had gotten for the site and how there was more to see and do that we couldn’t do because of Lord Stanley’s tight schedule.
Well, today we started on a six-day, 1821-mile journey through New England, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec to see Bruins Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Patrice Bergeron & Jordan Caron.
Right now, the estimated time in the car stands at 32-hours plus (only 11 or so on Sunday, though). But much of that day-and-a-quarter of driving is through some of the most picturesque parts on the continent (if not the world).
So, as I packed my bags for the significant sojourn to the Canadian Maritimes and la belle province, I was pretty excited to retrace at least some of my steps through St. Stephen, NB (Assistant GM Don Sweeney’s hometown), Halifax, NS, and Charlottetown, PE before returning to Quebec City for the first time since the B’s played the Canadiens in a preseason game in Le Colisee Pepsi.
Brad, Adam, Patrice & Jordan have all agreed to spend most of a day with our web video producer Jonny and I, and we’re hopeful to get to know their hometowns just a little bit better even as we learn about how they are preparing for the 2012-13 season.
Throughout the week I’ll be Tweeting and Instagraming via @NHLBruins (with the hashtag #BearTracks), blogging in this space and filming Bruins Beats. As we’ll have plenty of time in the car, feel free to send me questions about our trip along the way via Twiiter.
And we could certainly use a few suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner spots as we make our way to Canada and return to the USA.
We’re sure to have some fun and surprises along the way, so keep it here as we begin our summertime sweep through Black & Gold country.