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Old 08-19-2010, 02:37 PM   #16
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Day 6--Sheet Harbor to North Sydney, NS

Finished up the Marine By-way today. Of all the by-ways thus far, Marine is the least favorite. While traffic was non-existent (100 cars/300 miles/2days), about 20% of the roads are very rough. The laughed that bike suspension was getting a work out on the high-speed off road course. Gas and food was sparse at best. In fact, we left Sheet Harbor around 0700, and didn't find "breakfast" until 1200!

Since the path meandered around the coast line, every now and again, we got a great view.



We found yet another of the 160 lighthouses that once stood on Nova Scotia. This one in Port Bickerton is open for the public to tour, as it was automated in the late 1980s, and thus no longer houses the lightkeeper.



While the lighthouses and coast lines abounded, we never thought that we'd find this sign:



However we did get a very nice impromptu ferry ride:


As par for the course, we found ourselves behind schedule by lunch. So, once we crossed the levy into Cape Brenton we took RT 105 into North Sydney to make up time.

Tomorrow is the Cabot trail, and then the ferry Xing into Newfoundland on Sat.
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You two are missed... we had a MD tag sit for two days in SMIB country!
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You two are missed... we had a MD tag sit for two days in SMIB country!
Well, don't worry the northern boyz will spring to action this weekend.
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Are you going to make Meat Cove?
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Meat cove?

Not sure if we will make Meat cove...will have to play it by ear. Definitely looking forward to the Cabot trail today, hope its all everyone makes it out to be! I will be sure to take a lot of pictures today and we are running it counter clockwise as everyone has suggested so we are nearest the ocean. Dana has figured out the Panoramic setting on the camera so we may try a few of those today as well.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:11 AM   #21
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Have fun, counter-clockwise is definitely the way to go! Hopefully the weather will be clear... It gets pretty hairy up there when it's foggy; and of course you can't see the view! Look out for moose while you're there; aside from Newfoundland itself, that's probably the most likely place you'll run into one.
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Day 7--Cabot Trail

So the day started wonderfully. About 180+miles round trip. We were able to stay two nights at the KOA outside of Sydney, NS. This allowed us to drop the bags off the bike, and toole around like sport bikes:)

Today's only mission was the 180+/- miles of the Cabot trail, including a detour to Meat Cove:


Sadly, this is the closest have been able to get moose to date:




After yesterday's interlude with Peggy's Cove, we were a bit pessimistic that Cabot trail could deliver. But deliver it did-- wild roads, hills, curves, high speeds, and low traffic!





We took the side road out to Meat Cove. Fab little dirt road, although we did notice that no bikes with Chrome made it down the hilly dirt roads!



There is a nice campground at meat cove and a small restaurant. The restaurant only had 4 menus, with most the stuff out-of-stock (no crab nor lobsters), not even a pop which wasn't diet. This was the last of the mussels:



Both bikes have been running great and all the prep of the gear is making things pretty easy. Upgrading to the three person tent was a good move and my cot is great as well...Dana will be buying one once we return. We are kind of in the between stages for summer versus a warmer winter jacket. I have been for the most part, except for when it was raining, been wearing my summer mesh jacket with a long sleeve shirt underneath. Some places its been as cold as 60 degrees but with the long sleeves and the grip heaters its tolerable. I have been wearing my Aerostich Darien pants and they have been plenty warm and on some days a little toasty but I wouldn't change anything. SIDI riding boots are still squeaking after several thousand miles but plenty comfortable and did not leak the day it was raining. Also before I left I picked up a Shoei flip up helmet and that has worked good for keeping hydrated and a quick snack at stops so overall pretty happy. I took a lot of advice of others and cut up a pound or two of jerky in bite size morsels and kept a few munchy bars in the tank bag for keeping energy levels pretty level throughout the day. I have used most everything I have brought so I won't have to change out much of the loadout.

And here is a few random shots of the day.








Up and brite and early for the ferry in the morning.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:41 PM   #23
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Baccaro Point Lighthouse.



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Day 4--Barrington to Lunenberg, NS

Today the weather was a bit uncooperative. We awoke to the bikes very damp/moist and in a current heavy drizzle. Probably best we ended up in a room vice camping. Donning our ride gear, we set off for Lunenberg via the Lighthouse By-way (RT3). I don’t think we past a 100 cars all day. It was marvelously relaxing.

We ran into the mecca of all lighthouses today—It was just south of Cape Negro, NS. It was eerily foggy, very remote, and only us down there. It was fully operational with light and fog siren in motion.



Dana stopped about 1 mile from the actual lighthouse to take a far out photo, while I continued. There were apparently two dirt roads that lead to the light house. The nice hard pack on I found, and the one she got stuck on. As she called over the radio, she described being marooned in a boulder field. You thought the rocks were 5 ft in diameter, vice the 8-12inch pebbles I discovered. Nonetheless, no bikes ended up “sleeping” and all was good.

We stopped for lunch in Shelburne. The is a fab little historic street, and a restaurant on the water.



We also stopped in at the Dory Boat Museum. A Dory is a smallish (15-20 ft) wooden boat that used to be used for fishing. They were oar-powered and could ocean go. With the invention of fiberglass and aluminum boats, Dory’s glory faded. There is apparently still folks that race them, and for a mere $16K/CAD you too can own one.



A bit of boat trivia: Dory’s are almost painted yellow on the inside, and outside with the rail a darker (often forest green color). The color combination was the easiest to see in low-light/foggy conditions.

We ended up seeing a few more lighthouses, but not as impressive in location nor stature as the one above. While we didn’t stop in Liverpool, I believe that might also be a nice town to spend a few hours.

We’ve still yet to see a moose, moose dropping or any signs that moose actual exist. Maybe they are a figment of animal planet?
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Bras, Lick-a-Chick and Ferry's

Bras, Lick-a-Chick and Ferry's--What do all those have in common? Get your mind out of the gutter as those are all way points to the NFLD ferry.

Big Bras D'Or is a township and Lick-a-Chick is a fried chicken restaurant.




Of the three ferry's to date this trip, by far this one is the "bestest". Initial impression of the ferry is very nice, almost the same quality as a normal cruise thus far. Has 3 floors of cabins, 2 movie lounges, casino and free Wi-Fi (well free at least at the dock).



As an added bonus, the deck crew didn't see fit to wash the deck floor down and the bikes were much more stable.

Another 5 hours and we'll be on the far side of the stream...

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Extra pictures added

I added a few bonus pictures in the previous posts since I have time sitting on the ferry.
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Day 8--North Sydney, NS to Stephenville, Newfoundland

Well, the ferry ride--Waves 9 ft. Yep, more dramamine/gravol for the return trip!

Typical ride time was 4.5 to 6 hrs, and as the mantra for this trip nothing early was 6 hrs. NFLD is also 30 mins later than Atlantic (+1.5hrs ET).

We disembarked the boat we must have looked like a flock juvenile turkeys on their first flights; The wind was quite formidable, as was the rain which made for a wild ride.

Since we past Big Bras on the way to the ferry in NS, I thought these might a nice match:



Nonetheless, we pressed onward to the nearest "big" town-Stephenville. There wasn't really too much between the ferry and town.





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Once again, it is past 1600, and we don't have reservations, and it may rain.

We got all excited to see a Holiday Inn sign, and stop in. Naturally, it is filled. Try the Stephenville Inn, and the only room left is the one with the "leak". I didn't even want to know what is leaking water or sewer. Three times a charm, and my desire for more than a non-leaking room. The last hotel in Stephenville, and we get the last room.



And a few random shots of the ride.




Off to get Gander at day break.
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Hey blaster

Hope you're enjoying your trip. I'm sitting at judging by your last post you should be in Gander today, and we're expecting 2 C5's today.

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Hope you're enjoying your trip. I'm sitting at judging by your last post you should be in Gander today, and we're expecting 2 C5's today.

Bruce in Gander
Actually, funny you mention that. Coming by the airport soon to see what kind of broke C-5s are awaiting parts, and reminisce. But first the air museum before it closes.

Been a great day thus far, and will post pics tonight!

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Day9-- Mooses(Meeses?), Minks and Mission Complete!

On the ride into Gander today was full of furry critters. First, now 2200 miles into the journey, I was going to resign myself to ending each post with

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But, there right on the highway having some breakfast were these two fine specimens of moose!



Shortly after that there was a sign much like the DUI signs in the states that keeps statics--apparently the Trans Canadian Highway in NFLD has 660 moose/vehicle incidents this year. Mooses are more deadly than DUI?



After the moose sighting, I nearly ran over a Black Mink that thought it would scurry across the road. However, he thought the better of it and ran safely back whence he came.

On the way into town, drove by this hydroelectic plant.



No doubt that NFLD is V.E.R.Y green, and unspoiled country:



So here is basically the turning point for the vacation. Tomorrow, we will go about 2 more hours east to see the 1953 B-36 plane crash, but then homeward-ish bound.

http://www.air-and-space.com/b-36%20wrecks.htm#51-13721

We had a great time doodling around the Gander Air Museum, and I even won a double-or-nothing bet with Dana for free admission.



As we were in the parking lot, a guy decked to the hilt in BMW garb riding a shiny new R1200GS rolls in. Anyhow, Dana was sprightly sure that he was Bruce-From-Gander (a.k.a targa801) and the bet was on. However, that was not he.



Turns out he is from British Columbia on his way to a wedding in Ontario (not his) via Newfoundland. Turns out he works for BMW Canada to boot!

Spent some time there, and took some more good photos before trekking off the airport.















The museum is also a tribute to the many, many plane wrecks that have happened in the last century in/around/near/on Gander. Perhaps the most notable was the 1985 Arrow Airplane crash which killed 256 soldiers returning from the Sinai peace keeping mission. The reason for the crash was not completely understood and speculation ranges from icing of the leading edges to terrorism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_Air_Flight_1285

As we rolled through the Gander International parking lot, not much had changed since last time. There was still USAF Military aircraft marooned on the tarmac. This time it was a refueling tanker that had been there for about a week. However, there was a very nice BMW in the parking lot so we got this photo:



About the time we were done with the above photo op, we ran into Targa801 who just happen to see us in the parking lot from the second deck window. He's been living in Gander for about 20 years now, and no doubt in my mind this is a great town to live in.



Well, off to chow perhaps a lobster if I can find one.
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