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Canada-Nova Scotia

Summer 2017 Comes to an end…

Back on the mainland… after sleeping (if you can call it that) on the side of the road near the ferry in Port Aux Basques. We arrived to the terminal at 4:45 AM, line 17 they said… With our reserved ticket in hand we waited patiently until Ray, a nice fellow from New Brunswick we were chatting with said our line wasn’t going until tonight or tomorrow. Panic set in a bit but the dock worker assured us we were good to go! We even got the couple behind us nervous when we checked on their reservation status only to find out their ferry was cancelled the night before and they were also anxious to get on… Well we were basically the last vehicle on the ship… Whew… Once on board we were delayed yet another hour and a half for reasons unknown… Finally the ferry was on the move. We had a great trip spending most of it chatting with the Rogers family, Trina and John and her parents Yvonne and Fred. If we ever visit Newfoundland again we will be sure to look them up! A free breakfast and breakneck speeds getting us to Nova Scotia on time made the story ending even better!

Last one on we have learned is generally one of the first off or maybe we have just gotten lucky. After saying our goodbyes we were off the ferry and on the road by 1:00 as planned.

 

We made a beeline for the Fortress of Louisbourg. During our travels we have bumped into at least 7-8 people who highly recommended visiting Louisbourg. Generally we aren’t history buffs and don’t frequent many historic monuments but we had to see what this one was all about.

 

Louisbourg was one of North Americas busiest seaports founded by the French in 1713. The fortress, not to be confused with a fort, was home to a bustling town. The fortress was destroyed in 1758. One fourth of the fortress walls and one fifth of the town have been reconstructed. It is the largest reconstruction in North America. The national historic site includes period actors and docents in every building telling the rich history.

 

 

 

This was the perfect way to spend the afternoon after the ferry and to start our next chapter in Nova Scotia and Price Edward Island (PEI). We had three hours there which was just enough. We took a bunch of pictures and managed to see everything albeit briefly. Wish it was a bit sunnier but thankfully no rain!

 

The next day we were off again. Another “must see” from several people was Prince Edward Island and we originally planned to check it out on our way to Newfoundland. Having a few days to spare we decided we would see what the hubbub was all about… Yet another ferry ride. We got there in the nick of time to catch the 2:45 or so we thought. We were the last RV and didn’t get on… Only a two hour wait. Hard to believe but this was the girls first time on a boat. They did great!

 

We managed to find a Passport America park that was only $13 US a night, nice! Well, not the nicest park but we had crazy real estate… We really didn’t know what we would find to do but since the price was right we decided to stay for 4 nights and use it as base to explore the island from.

 

 

 

The first day we actually got the bicycles out and headed for PEI National Park. We are not quite sure why it has national park status as it was mainly lots of beach, bike paths, and birds… Not really our thing but we did manage to do about 12 miles on the bikes with 6 on a very easy mountain bike trail.

 

 

We worked up a little appetite and decided to stop at a little roadside/seaside joint for a snack. PEI is another locale known for their local oysters so we had to give them a try! Very yummy but very small and expensive. Paired with a few fish tacos, hungry no more!

 

 

 

 

A big thing is apparently the homestead of the Anne of Green Gables author and where the story was born. We stopped for about 2 minutes as that was all Chris could tolerate (notice the face). Much of the area is very touristy and we saw LOTS of buses with what we have coined “Tourons”…

 

 

Well, the next day we decided to check out Charlottetown, the capital of the province. We started our day at the farmers market where we grabbed some nice produce, sausages, breads, and some polish food to try for dinner.

From there we toured around the city a bit then found the two local breweries. First stop was PEI Brewery (Gahan). We sampled all their beers and even stayed for a pint! After that we headed just a few miles down the road to Upstreet Brewing. We liked the atmosphere much better but there really wasn’t a single beer Chris was excited to drink. Both of the breweries/beer proved to be a bit disappointing but a good day regardless!

 

 

After doing some more research it seemed that much of the draw for PEI are the beautiful beaches and resort settings. We explored lots of pictures on google and decided that we didn’t need to see more beaches or lighthouses. We opted to stick around camp and do some cleaning and maintenance until heading out for some fishing on an evening tour… Got the call that the water was a rollin’… Given the chance to hop on a trip the next day, we decided to stay one more day.

 

 

Not only was the next day 70 and sunny with calm waters, but another lucky happenstance, the 1:00 had a total of 4 people on a boat that takes out 18. We loved our private charter! The captain and deck hand were both friendly and amusing. We caught quite a few fish and everybody caught something making it even better. Best part was the first cod catch was by me and it was a double with two good sized keepers! It was a great day and a good end to our short visit to PEI. Not thinking we will be back but would definitely recommend it to our beach lovin’ friends!

Shortly after dinner Chris started to feel sick… A sore throat… He started pounding the vitamin C but it would still get him…

 

The next day we were off to New Brunswick and the Fundy National Park area where the claim to fame are the crazy tides which can reach heights of 46 feet! We managed a drive through to see what it was all about… Chris was feeling pretty poopy… We will have to make it a point to visit again when we can really enjoy it. We made one last stop at Hopewell Rocks which was along our loop for the day. This is an attraction where you can walk the ocean floor and explore several sea stacks when the tide is out or kayak around them when the tide is in. Well… It was interesting but sooooo crowded? Way too touristy for us. We prefer our nature more private…We took a few quick pictures and headed out.

 

Chris must have really been sick because on the way home he let me drive the camper for the first time. I was a little nervous at first but caught on fast. Chris was very nervous but was pleasantly surprised by my mad skills!

It has been a great trip but it is time to call it. Heading back into the states tomorrow. Ahhhh no more metrics and funny money!



Nova Scotia

After leaving New Brunswick we were ready for something a bit different. We enjoyed the friendliness of the people in New Brunswick and the expansive coastline but we were excited to see some hills.

 

We started our Nova Scotia visit in Pitcou. A really cute little town along the Northumberland Strait in the Gulf off the Saint Lawrence.

 

 

 

 

 

We were only here for a few days but took advantage of the beautiful weather and set out to explore on the motorcycles.  We stayed along the coast finding both dirt and pavement. We even happened upon Cape St. George lighthouse with a pretty nice view… Really… the caution tape indicates that they are doing maintenance. That would be the second lighthouse being worked on when we visited. Probably coincides with all the roadwork… Short season for outdoor maintenance…

 

 

 

On our way home we had too make a quick stop at Uncle Leos…

 

 

 

 

 

Chris reads a lot of motorcycle ride reports and had read good things about the Cabot trail. Excited to see what the Cabot trail was all about, we made a beeline for Cape Breton and The Cape Breton Highlands National Park which is in the middle of the Cabot trail.

Our first stop on Cape Breton was in a town called Baddeck. Why did we pick here to start you ask… Well, there is a brewery of course! After disconnecting the trailer at our campsite we set off 3 kilometers down the road, camper and all, to Big Spruce Brewing. We lucked out with the last spot in their little parking lot big enough to fit our behemoth. We enjoyed the view, the brew, and were serenaded while chatting with other patrons. They were even dog friendly so the girls got to enjoy the festivities as well.

Our first full day was a wash out so we hung home and did some projects. The following day was our first glimpse of the Cabot Trail. We took the bikes on the lower section and played around on some side roads as well. We found some cool dirt roads along the coast and some great mountain and lake views.

As we always do a little research about the areas we are in, we found Egypt Falls highlighted on google maps… Since we were driving by we decided to check it out. It was quite the climb down and we were skeptical about what we would find but hopeful due to the number of cars parked on the side of the dirt road we took to get there. When I say quite the climb.. The last tenth of a mile there was rope tied to the trees to assist with the slippery, steep, slope..Wow.. What a nice surprise… It was a beautiful falls, quite large and completely unobstructed by down trees or debris. Amazing find on someone’s private property…

 

Many people just drive the Cabot Trail as it a scenic loop road that starts at the bottom of Cape Breton by Baddeck and loops the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the north. We had a week before the ferry so we found a second campground up at the top of the Cape in the National Park. We were happy to have the truck camper instead of the big rig for sure. The Cabot Trail didn’t disappoint with amazing coastal views, steep grades and twisty turns…

 

 

 

 

We settled in at a little campground on Aspy Bay smack dab in the middle of Cape Breton Highlands Park (Dingwall). Wow.. We had a nice spot in the woods but a short walk brought us to the common area overlooking the bay. We enjoyed happy hour and sunsets here! This was a great central location for checking out the park.

 

 

Although we found much of Cape Breton to be quite beautiful we weren’t always impressed with the views on the hikes. We started out on Franey which was one of the handful of best hikes we read about. Nice view from the top but not the bang for our buck we were looking for… The girls were happy to join though!

 

 

 

We checked out the coastal trail and decided we would need to come back and do the whole trail!

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was a bit gray and drizzly…having to mix things up a bit we decided to book a whale watching trip for the late afternoon (it was supposed to be nicer later). When the weather broke we took the motorcycles out for a little ride to Meat Cove. A pretty ride to a small community in a cove with a campground overlooking a beach and cliffs. The sun came out for a minute so we snapped a quick picture! We stopped for a little snack, fish and chips, not bad! It was a bit chilly so we decided to head home and grab more clothing for the boat.

 

 

The boat trip was a bust… No whales for us today… That’s ok, the sun came out and it was a beautiful trip along the coast of Meat Cove and Cape North. We saw some wildlife and got a lot of fresh air!

 

 

 

 

After the little taste of the Coastal Trail from the other day we decided to do the whole trail starting from the less traveled side…thankfully we found this really pretty waterfall to play in because shortly after that we were attacked by some crazy bugs that turned us back…

 

 

 

 

 

We went back to the trailhead we started from before and headed in from there. It was fun seeing and hearing the surf along the rocky shore, watching the lobster boats, fishing boats, and seabirds diving for their lunch… we actually made it almost to the point we turned around from the other side! On the way home we stopped at a local fish store and grabbed some local treats. Mussels, Scallops and Haddock! Yum.

 

 

Our last hike was the Skyline Trail, the piece de resistance according to all the lists. We took the bikes on the Cabot Trail to get there and it was a nice ride. There was quite a bit of road work so there were delays and lots of changes in road conditions. Glad we have dual sports! We stopped at a pull out for the “Lone Shieling” trail. We didn’t take the trail, just wanted to get out of the construction traffic. The lone Shieling is a small cabin/hut from the Island of Skye in old time Scotland. Cape Breton has a strong Scottish heritage and history. One prominent family from the area donated 100 acres with the caveat that the park build and maintain a small area with a replica of this Scottish hut… It was interesting.

 

The skyline trail was a bit disappointing for us. We did the whole loop starting with the more wooded trail and somewhat less traveled. We wanted to save the “money shot for the end. We did see a moose ear… A female laying way off in the trees… So much “moop” (the term we coined for moose poop on the trail) so little moose… When we made our way to the boardwalk lookout area there were tons of people. The view itself was one that is seen from so many other places… Just didn’t get the wow factor but as mentioned before we may be a bit jaded/spoiled. You can see a bit of the Cabot Trail down below…

Our last day was spent stocking up and grabbing a few necessities, like new bicycles… Yup, gonna give it a try again…

Let the adventure begin… Here we are waiting in line to board the ferry to Newfoundland and entering the bowels of the ship…




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