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Old 01-29-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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2500 miles,2 weeks,600 photos and the answer to Why We Ride:Motorcycle Enlightenment

2500 miles, 2 weeks, 600 photos of Nova Scotia and the answer to Why We Ride….. Motorcycle Enlightenment

This is my first trip report. It may be a little different than other trip reports that are off to exotic locations. It is about a physical trip to Nova Scotia that had a definite start and finish. A spiritual trip that started before and is still on the move. Writing is not my forte so I will try to do my best. I hope I can express what is in my head and have it be at least a little bit interesting.

I think I stumbled across the answer to questions like: Why do we ride motorcycles? Why do we love to read trip reports? What is the Freedom of the road ? Why are road trips so great for the soul? Why do we have to clear our heads? What do we have to clear our heads of?

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:58 PM   #2
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:24 PM   #3
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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OK, where's the rest. I need answers!

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Old 01-29-2009, 05:39 PM   #5
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:00 PM   #6
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The planning
I was planning this trip for about 6 months. I picked Nova Scotia because it was the Biggest, closest adventure I could do. Being a noob on the motorcyle , I only started riding in 2006, so it seemed a very doable adventure for me. I had all kinds of maps and books about Nova Scotia that I was always looking at. One of the best is the Doers and Dreamers guide that you can get for free from the Nova Scotia tourism site. I also read forums from this site and others.

I planed to ride about 200 – 250 miles a day. I didn’t make any reservations for places to stay. I was just going to wing it. I figured that around 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon wherever I was I would look for a place to stay or camp. I wasn’t going to eat at any chain restaurant and stay only in B&B’s or camp. I was going in September after Labor Day, after all the tourists and all the land yachts would hopefully be off the roads.

My first leg was from Easthampton MA to Littleton NH.
Great ride. All back roads through Mass and into New Hampshire. I followed the GPS not bad after several stops I made it to Littleton NH. I have a friend there and it was in my 200-250 miles a day. Littleton is a fun artsy type town. Great little restaurants. Good place for the first day. I was feeling great beautiful sunny September day in New England.





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Old 01-29-2009, 08:06 PM   #7
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What kinda bike were ya on - let's see some pics of your Steed
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:16 PM   #8
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:46 AM   #9
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I think us riders are more enlightened, without even trying or knowing, than people who have tried to reach enlightenment through meditation or other ways.

Now for most of us riders this only occurs when we are on our motorcycle, once off we revert back to our Neanderthal stage. Just look at the Jo Mamma thread !!!

What picture does enlightenment bring to mind . Some little bald dude sitting cross-legged, hands together with a glowing light around him?

The Oxford American Dictionary definition of enlightened is:
Enlightened:
having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook, being aware

And for us this is Motorcycle Enlightenment !!!

What is it that you think about when you are riding ?

The next stop was Bar Harbor Maine. Going across Maine from New Hampshire was a little bit of a slog. I was always on the look out for Bullwinkle and his friends. The spray painted signs on plywood “Watch for Moose” all along the route really drove the point across.

I got to Bar Harbor around 5 pm and found a great B&B, checked in at The CAT ferry.
I walked down town for very good seafood dinner. After Labor Day there was any traffic and no wait at any of the restaurants . The next morning I was up early to get the ferry. I didn’t eat anything for breakfast just in case. Boats and I don’t get along very well. The CAT is amazing. Food, movies, slot machines. I watch "Wild Hogs" on the ride over. Perfect movie for the start of a road trip.

Next stop Nova Scotia. YEEEEEEEHAAAAAA












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Old 01-30-2009, 05:19 PM   #11
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Getting off the ferry was a little tricky. The metal grated ramp was very slippery. But just going slow with both feet down was fine.











There was a wind farm on this island. Great place for it. Even though the sun was out the wind was really blowing hard. Later in the trip it almost blew me into a tractor trailer truck. definitely had to change the underwear after that episode. More on that later.




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Old 02-01-2009, 06:59 AM   #12
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Hey RR

I'm from North Andover, MA. I did the Nova Sotia and back last summer, but we rode all the way around. We were told that the "Atlantic Provinces" (New Brunswick) were not to be missed. Bottom line, on the main roads, there's not much to see but slab.

Good idea taking the ferry from Bar Harbor. Apparently, the CAT from Portland makes folks sick, as it's more exposed to open ocean, than the CAT from Bah Habah. That one's a little more protected from the open ocean rollers (waves) by Nova Scotia's main land.

Any prospects of going back? I think I'm going to do the north (Cabot Trail) this summer if you're up for it?

BTW, I was on a GS for the trip. I had originally bought an old Suzuki Cavalcade, but glad I took the beemer. How was the Dakar 650 or 850(?) Sorry, I don't know that model well.

Trip report here:

Two guys, a V-Strom & GS, 1900 miles to Novi Scotia & back
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:56 AM   #13
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Yea I'm glad I took the CAT from Bar Harbor instead of Portland. At the end of the ride a hurricane was out in the Atlantic and the CAT ride back was like a roller coaster. I think I was several shades of green. I just sat in the middle of the boat with my eyes closed so I didn't have to see the horizon going up and down.

The bike is a BMW 650 GS. Great, comfortable, 65 miles to the gallon.

I'll have more on the bike and other gear coming up.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:14 AM   #14
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Hello Sir ...
I like you`re photo and road report.
really really awesome ...

but maybe you can rezise little smaller pic ??
it`s too big, I think ..


Keep post Sir ... :)


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Old 02-02-2009, 09:54 AM   #15
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I'm looking to do a trip to NS this summer so please please please include all the informatojn you can. B&B names, routes, what is a must see and what is a by pass would be appreciated. Your photos are awesome! Great post!
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