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Old 08-28-2007, 05:52 AM   #1
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Laugh a little Nova Scotia tour

Day 1

MA to NB

After a lot of talk, but surprisingly little planning it was time to go see Nova Scotia. We had the tour book and a map, and of course the Garmin. The plan was to camp (because we’re cheap bastards) and not take the ferry (see above). Bikes all packed up and ready to go:



We left Metro-West around 9:00 or so in the morning, missing most of the morning rush. It was a pretty uneventful slab up through Mass, NH and into Maine. When we got as far as Brunswick we jumped onto route 1. Stopped in a nice place in Waldoboro and had lunch, and resumed our trip. Arrived at the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge:


Have I mentioned Mercury loves bridges?



Pretty cool bridge though, it has an observatory at the top of one of the towers. Also saw this plaque:


looks like the Brits had a few go their way for a while eh?

Anyway, back on the road, slogging towards the border. We got off route 1 around Bucksport and headed towards route 9. The border crossing was a breeze (the female Canadian border guard was stunning! Should have snapped her pic). We decide to press on a bit into
New Brunswick, and follow signs for the Kiwannas Camp Ground at St. Andrews. The town of St. Andrews is pretty nice, sort of Victorian looking, grocery store, beer store…. What more do you need? We set up camp and break out the beers & cook up some burgers.



Merc had managed to bang up his leg stowing the XR away…so after a day on the bike it’s time to have a look:



dumb shit

end of day 1, about 370 miles in the book

Day Two
NB to NS

next morning with coffee made I get a “proper English breakfast treat” (according to Merc anyway….) a “bacon butty” or at least that sounds like what he’s saying.



assembled



so full of OJ, Starbucks coffee & bacon fat… it’s time to hit the road



We stop in St. John to see the Reversing Falls




(not much happening right now).
Do a couple of glamour shots:


and


and then hit the road

The Garmin has an interesting route planned for us, hugging the Fundy shore, versus going back towards the highway. We figure this’ll be hot shit, and we’re not in a big hurry so off we go.

Merc does his “no rain prayer” and it seems to be working



after St. Martin we see the tide is out


and loads of other cool sites



we get to a toll booth…. Hmm and I stop to talk to the girl. I explain we’re just “passing through” trying to avoid paying the toll and she says “oh, you’re following your GPS. You can’t go through.” I guess the road goes about 17km, then we’ll need to turn and come out (no bridge over the Salmon River is one possible reason). Mercury expresses his feeling towards Garmin & MapSource



and we hit the road again




stopping for gas in Moncton, we run into a nice guy on a KLR. He had a brand new TKC 80 strapped to the back, and was just back from Newfoundland. Said he reads ADV rider sometimes, so if you read this.. “nice meeting you”. We hit the trans-Canada for Nova Scotia and pull off onto route 6, the Sunrise Trail. Our plan was to try and make it as far as Pictou, but with the sun starting to set, it didn’t seem doable. We decided to look for the first camp sign we saw. We came into a small town called Pugwash, and stopped at the local grocery / NSLC. Nice guy gave us directions to the campsite about 7 miles out of town. We decided to head out there and get setup then figure out food and drinks afterwards.

The sign said “7 miles” and of course I didn’t check my odometer, so you know how it is, the sun is starting to set, you’re leading but not quite sure you didn’t miss a turn or a sign…. Doubt creeps in. So I stop and say “we must have gone more than 7 miles”. Merc says, well, we’ll go to that hill, then turn around”. We go to the hill, and there’s the campsite! Nicely done!

Ready to unpack


the setup


we head into town, get some dinner & grab beers & Scooby snacks and get back in time for a really nice sunset



so, after half a dozen beers or so, it starts to rain (they said it might) and we hit the tents.

end of day two, another 305 miles in the book.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:38 AM   #2
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:07 AM   #3
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Day three
Pugwash to Cape Breton Island

It pours all night.and into the morning. So, what do we think of riding in the rain?



We decide well still ride the sunrise trail, were not in a hurry, its not raining all that hard, so off we go. Did I mention we had some beer left over from the previous night? No worries, well stuff them between my tent and my sleeping bag they should stay in there. About half way between Pictou and Cape St. George Merc pulls up and says hey youve dropped a beer. I guess it rolled out like a 12 ounce depth charge and exploded in front of him I thought it was funny

CapeSt. George in the rain? check the pruny finger



gotta just laugh



a long wet slog brings us across the Canso Causeway





and to Cape Breton Island



we opt for a hotel tonight (as its still raining) and settle in to the Mariners Inn $120 / night! Ouch! But wait.. theres more! They have a nice pub, but oh no. Merc sees Chinese Buffet next door best in town the sign says. Awful! But thats OK, I shamed him into paying, we hit the NSLC, pick up some local NS wines (Jost Vineyards) and settle in to watch some TV with all our clothes and gear spread out to dry in the room.

End of day three
Only 176 very soggy miles. Seemed a lot longer
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:26 AM   #4
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Hey this is great!

I tried to get out there last year but had to turn back due to mechanicals and heavy rain. (7" in three days - I gave up and barely made it home.)

I'm going to be going out there again this year for the week of Sept 18th.

Can you tell me where that awsome campsite near Pugwash is?
Do you have a GPS coirdinate for me?

Thanks in advance.
I'll be watching...
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:31 AM   #5
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Can you tell me where that awsome campsite near Pugwash is?
Do you have a GPS coirdinate for me?
Gulf Shore Camping Park

but it says they close September 15th....
you might call them I guess

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Old 08-28-2007, 07:33 AM   #6
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this is fantastic... I just got back from a nearly identical trip... i can tell because all your pics are the same as mine!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:09 AM   #7
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Day four
Port Hawkesbury to Meat Cove

We had originally thought we would get out to Meat Cove by the end of day three. The rain had put paid to that idea, and in the end it was just as well. Originally we had just thought to do the Cabot Trail, but now we had more time to explore, so we chose the Fleur-de-Lis trail to Louisbourg.

First things first. I introduce Merc to a proper Canadian breakfast



and butter tarts (no pics of the first one.. he scarfed it down so fast!)

the roads are pretty much empty, nice hills and sweepers.. NO CARS!



Merc still shock testing that camera



Stopped near Gabarus Bay, Fleur-de-Lis Trail.



We make it to the fortress at Louisbourg, but decide not to go in. Spotted this German tagged GS



I wonder if thats final drive gear oil strapped to his right side pannier

He had this cool sticker too



We decide to not ride the Marconi Trail, and head instead for the Cabot Trail. To get there we cross the Seal Island Bridge.



Remember Merc & bridges?



We hammer up the Cabot Trail (didnt take pictures as we were having way too much fun) and finally come to a stop on an over look after Cape Smokey (IIRC) and a guy from Quebec pulls up on a new FZ1. We go over and chat for a while, and just as were talking his helmet blows off his seat (never a good idea to leave a helmet there) and rolls towards the cliff. Merc dives for it, but misses (hell not be playing goal for England anytime soon) and it rolls under the guardrail Luckily the Quebecer was quick enough to retrieve it before it went all the way down! Couple scratches.. no drama. We say our good byes, and head off.

This is where we are headed





the best campsite was taken..Quelle dommage





Bursting for a piss.. is that poison oak?



Food first at the little restaurant



what do you mean the beer store is closed???



all set up



bald eagle



chillin



as were just sat around enjoying the scenery a group of rowdy Beemer types pulls in. Didnt snap any pix of them, but they were a good bunch. Turns out they were from all over, and some of them post here on ADV. Quite a collecting of bikes too, couple of GS 1200s, an old K bike with a trailer and a R 1100 S. WE went over an chatted with them for a while and the 1100 S guy had lost one of his bags bummer! I told him if I found it, itd be the one on eBay including clothes!

Anyway, the story has a happy ending, turns out he got the bag back!

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Yeah I did get my bag back in Peggy's Cove. Someone had picked it up and happened to see I was missing a saddle bag. He asked me if I was missing one and what it looked like.


that guy has good karma!!

Of course after the sun goes down it starts to rain and a HUGE thunderstorm goes through. Tent was dancing all over, waves crashing below pretty neat actually.

This is getting to be a pattern.
End of day four
260 miles more behind us.



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Day 5
Cabot Trail, the Ceilidh trail and Marine Drive

So after the HUGE thunderstorm the night before at Meat Cove it looks like it’ll be a fine day



Merc snaps a self-portrait just to prove he was awake at dawn



packed up... hours before Merc



bye Meat Cove



so, we fire up bikes, and I head up the grassy hill. No problem for the Pilot Roads. I figure I’ll just tool along slowly & wait for Merc at the end of the dirt road. The rain has trashed it over-night, so it’s pretty slow going.



I get to the end and wait… and wait… and wait some more. Finally he shows up. Turns out the “Road Attacks” aren't grass attacks! One of the other campers gave him a push and it was all good.

More Cabot trail



"you're right.. old RUSH on the mp3 player does go well with twisties!" that was fun!













so we stop for some food



Merc has a set-to with the francophone girl at the counter… I didn’t have a problem ordering, but finally he gets his chow



note the butter tart



didn’t last long

I spot an S2 7.9 on the way (I used to race these in the Midwest) pretty funny to see one outside the Great Lakes!



Leaving Cape Breton Island I spot this ship



which used to haul steel for Algoma in Sault Ste Marie, the company my dad worked for. Small world.

We hammer along through the countryside, more smooth roads & sweepers, bit flatter than CapeBreton as we run along the coast. We stop in Sheet Harbor and get food & drinks for the night. Next stop “Murphy’s Cove”. The campsite is pretty nice & we’re set up quickly.

An Englishman’s castle





chow time



hooked on butter tarts



so, we’ve made it to Murphy’s Cove
end of day five
another 315 miles down
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Day 6
The Lighthouse Trail and points west.

Amazing! No rain last night, but plenty of dew
Fall is in the air I think



we hadn’t cleaned the pan after burgers, so this little guy decides to help out



packed up



leaving the cove



We zip along what’s left of the Marine Trail before Halifax. Because of the time, we decide not to explore Halifax, and just stop for a quick coffee & butter tart. Ah… Tim’s express



guess what? No butter tarts
Merc’s not impressed



back on the road



after Hubbards we pick up the coastal road & go through Mahone Bay & Lunenburg. Lots of German signs, and we find out later that Germans are coming over in droves & buying up vacation property… go figure.





we dribble along the coast for a while and finally end up on 103 around Broad River. Time to make some time. Merc leads & puts the hammer down. We get to Yarmouth in no time flat.

Leaving Yarmouth on route 1, we do a little “Garmin dirt road detour” towards Lake George for no apparent reason. I laughed anyway. Back on track we picked up the Evangeline Trail. One huge Catholic church after another. I wonder where all the people come from on a Sunday?





after a while, with the sun setting, and no campsites spotted for many miles, we started to wonder where we would end up. Finally got to Digby, found the NSLC & the local Sobey’s and got directions to a camp “down by the ferry”. It certainly wasn’t the best one we’d had, but it was home for the night.



safe with drinks and food and starting to cover miles towards home.

End of day 6
335 miles done.
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Day four
Port Hawkesbury to Meat Cove

...*SNIP*...
as were just sat around enjoying the scenery a group of rowdy Beemer types pulls in. Didnt snap any pix of them, but they were a good bunch. Turns out they were from all over, and some of them post here on ADV. Quite a collecting of bikes too, couple of GS 1200s, an old K bike with a trailer and a R 1100 S. WE went over an chatted with them for a while and the 1100 S guy had lost one of his bags bummer! I told him if I found it, itd be the one on eBay including clothes!

Anyway, the story has a happy ending, turns out he got the bag back!



that guy has good karma!!

Of course after the sun goes down it starts to rain and a HUGE thunderstorm goes through. Tent was dancing all over, waves crashing below pretty neat actually.

This is getting to be a pattern.
End of day four
260 miles more behind us.

Yup that was me and I got the bag back but it has lots of battle scars from tumbling down the road. I will be posting my ride report in the next day or so. Funny thing about the Karma is that one of the yellow GSs got a dead battery on Monday in Larry's River. I thought about continuing on my own to Halifax since there was two other people with him but I figured that was bad karma. Now I am glad I had stayed because I would have been to Peggy's Cove a day too early to get my bag back. So I guess it was karma after all.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:25 AM   #11
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Nope. I guard that little sod like the crown jewels. Course, I was doing the same thing the last time I lost it
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Day 7, Evangeline Trail to Glooscap Trail

Breakfast!



Mercs office



WE head out of Digby fairly early (well I head out early and wait for Mercury at the Shell station. Time passes and he finally shows up with some story about blocked toilets & having to wait. I think he was just snapping artsy photos





pics on the fly



Ran into these guys at you guessed it, a Tims







trikes w/ v-8 engines?



not my cup of tea but anyway

wed originally planned to hammer straight across after Windsor, but ADVr JTT told us dont miss Advocate Harbor. So, with some inside knowledge, we hugged the coast road. AMAZING!











looking back towards Advocate Harbor



Cape Chignecto





who can say no?



we stopped in Amherst to figure or next move.

Chow



gone!



hello New Brunswick



Radio Canada world service



setting up at the trailer park



our new friend from Halifax!
As soon as he pulled in I knew it was a triple.
Hes on ADV too, and he was on his way to Ontario, and then San Diego. Better have a good trip report!



oh yeah talk about small world I say where abouts in Ontario? Sarnia he says. Damn I used to live in Point Edward! Small World!

The three of us polish off our Nova Scotia wine supply & hit the tents. Its been a most excellent day, with some of the best roads of the trip!

364 more miles behind us.
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Day 8
The long way home.

We get up to another beautiful day, finish our coffee & head off in search of a Tim’s. Our plan is just to take the Trans-Canada to the border, and then stop somewhere in Maine.

House with a gun turret?



getting’ down the road







we make it to the border in fine style. US border guards are basically a bunch of surly twats… and give us grief waiting in line on the bridge “do you have your documents?” yes.. right here in the tank bag “well take them out, we’re trying to speed this up. NO don’t stick your passport in your mouth, hold it in your hand!”.



F’king clown’s obviously never ridden a motorcycle. Anyway, the guy at the booth was nicer, and we’re through customs and stopped at a nearby gas station. It’s looking like rain… “how far to home?” and we realize we’ve gained an hour back on eastern time. “hey it’s Thursday, lets go to MotoMarket for food and see who’s hanging out” (Thursday is euro-trash night). So, with that decided we hit the slab. No pictures from here on, just grinding the miles. We arrive at MM, see a few friends and have some chow. Bone-tired, only another hour to home!

The tale of the tape:



576 miles on the last day.

I gotta say the trip was a blast, everyone we met along the way was friendly & helpful (except the border guards.. they need to take lessons from the Canadian girls! ).

Camping on a motorcycle was a hoot and we saw some amazing scenery. If you’ve ever been to Nova Scotia, you know what I mean, and I’m sure there’s tons more to see…. If you haven’t been WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????

Last, but not least, I’d like to say a word about our friend Adam Bell. Adam was killed by an old lady who turned left in front of him just over two years ago. Adam talked about going to Nova Scotia… he even had the map. Merc got the map from Adam’s widow, so in a way, he was with us too.

Miss ya old chum.

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Old 08-28-2007, 12:21 PM   #15
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Thanks for taking us on a tour of Nova Scotia with you and doing this for Adam, RIP

Great report and pics!
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