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Old 08-02-2011, 01:09 AM   #16
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Lunenburg sites & food

I am from Nova Scotia.If you get to Lunenburg,stop at the Knot Pub for a bowl of mussel chowder..its to die for. From Yarmouth to Halifax on the lighthouse Route along the atlantic shore is one of the nicest roads in the Province.I have lived in New Market,Maryland the last 20 years.All my family still live in Nova Scotia.Have a safe and wonderful trip.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:18 PM   #17
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I am from Nova Scotia.If you get to Lunenburg,stop at the Knot Pub for a bowl of mussel chowder..its to die for. From Yarmouth to Halifax on the lighthouse Route along the atlantic shore is one of the nicest roads in the Province.I have lived in New Market,Maryland the last 20 years.All my family still live in Nova Scotia.Have a safe and wonderful trip.
thanks John
however we got to Lunenburg in the middle of a thunderstorm and it is still coming down
will eat here and look for the Knot Pub on the next pass
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:09 PM   #18
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Day 3 Yarmouth to Lunenburg

You know the day has the promise of being interesting when you are on a moto trip and are awakened by thunder at 0400 and the lightening and rain continues unabated until 0700. Probably the longest continuous thunderstorm I have experienced. Another revelation is that traveling and staying at B&Bs brings a different dynamic to the riding day. Usually I am up and out the door before 0700 and have breakfast 80 miles down the road. This trip, breakfasts have been at 0800 and the ride starts about 0930. And on top of that I greatly overestimated how far we would ride today. Looking for lighthouses is time consuming.
But I digress. We were on the road at 0930 and the first stop was the light house at Yarmouth Bar.




Then it was back into Yarmouth and onto the Lighthouse Trail. We spent most of the day on Rte 3 and only got onto Rte 103 when forced to by the road planners. The difference is Rte 3 is hilly, twisty, and full of interesting things to see. Rte 103 is wide, mostly straight, and the only thing to see is roadkill.

One section of Rte 3



On the way to the next light we came across the oldest courthouse and gaol in Canada




The we found the oldest parish church in the region




And yet another monument to the war dead.




A UFO sighting was made here in 1967



you can read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shag_Harbour_UFO_incident

Then it was on to Bacarro Light and a lot of fog.
Nice two up on a touring bike road










The sign is not lying when it says hearing protection is necessary. It was loud and I had earplugs and my helmet on.

Probably a really nice view in clear weather.



The next light was Sandy Point – now decommissioned. Allegedly you can walk out to it at high tide.







The into Shelburne for lunch at the Scotia Diner




Food porn – a scallop burger. Yummy!




Then it was on to Port Medway and the last light of the day



Some coastal views





The skies were threatening and we debated about rain gear and decided to chance it. At Bridgeport the thunder and lightening started and we stopped at a Shell Station to gear up. The ride to Lunenburg was an adventure with lots of standing water and big bow waves from oncoming cars. We decided enough was enough. It was 5:30 and we had ridden about 240 miles in 8 hours.



We stopped here.




View from the room





This is what the rain was like.



Food porn
Seafood chowder



Scallops and bacon



Lobster Salad sandwich




And the advrider fave – pie- this is coconut cream pie





Tomorrow we do get north of Halifax, I guarantee it.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #19
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Day 4 Lunenburg to Sherbrook

Well I said we’d get north of Halifax today and we did. But it wasn’t a whole lot of fun while it was happening. The rain started before we got started and is still coming down as I type this 7 ˝ hours later. The pain associated with digging the camera out of the tank bag in the rain meant there were not a lot of pictures taken today.

We started out on the Lighthouse Route headed towards Halifax. Along the way we saw the signs for Oak Island. I have been fascinated with the stories of buried treasure associated with Oak Island since I was a teen-ager. Pirate treasure, flooding tunnels and excavations, millions spent with no success. What could be better;. I had to see it. So we took a four mile detour and got to here. It is a private island so we couldn’t go farther.






Oak Island is a 140-acre island on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Located 200 meters from shore and connected to the mainland by a modern causeway, the island is privately owned, and advance permission is required for any visitation. Oak Island is noted as the location of the so-called Money Pit and the site of over 200 years of treasure hunting. Repeated excavations have reported layers of apparently man-made artifacts as deep as 31 meters, but ended in collapsed excavations and flooding. Critics argue that there is no treasure and that the pit is a natural phenomenon, likely a sinkhole. There has been wide-ranging speculation amongst enthusiasts as to who originally dug the pit and what it might contain. Later accounts say that oak platforms were discovered every 10 feet (3.0 m), but the earliest accounts simply say that "marks" of some type were found at these places. They also say there were "tool marks" or pick scrapes on the walls of the money pit and that the dirt was noticeably loose and not as hard packed as the surrounding soil. One expedition said they found the flood tunnel at 90 feet, and that it was lined with flat stones.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Island

About here it really started to rain. I have ridden in heavier rain but never in a rain that was this heavy and lasted this long..
Halifax turned into an adventure trying to follow the GPS and watch traffic in the rain. Crossing a high bridge the rain was complicated by a HIGH wind. And then on the other side was a toll booth. Yet another comedy of errors. Pull to the side of the road in front of the toll plaza and dig around under the rain suit to find a dollar. Eventually we got through.
North of Halifax we took the Maritime Route to Sherbrook. This is a great road for motorcycles. On a dry day I would take the Maritime over the Lighthouse every time. It has everything to keep a rider happy. And there are probably great views too but I missed them concentrating on the road in the rain. Donna says it is a nice ride.
Eventually we decide we had enough and stopped in Sherbrook.





You can't beat this palce. Nice people. Great food. And even though they don't have a guest laundry theyy did ours in the laundry they use for the inn and restaurant.




Eventually everything leaks and today was no exception. The only gear I have issue with is my “mui” expensive Shuberth C3. It had worse fogging issues than any other helmet I own. Back to the dealer when I get home.

And to quote Frenchy750 – Best day ever!

Tomorrow Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:55 PM   #20
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Thanks for the preview. We are headed there in two days- last time was about 28 years ago.

Unfortunately we are trailering the bike (SWMBO's request) :( At least I can bring the bicycle and get some early morning rides in before we go "touristing"

We have a cabin rented on Folly Lake- nw of Truro. Day trips on the RS from there.

Hope we all have good weather.

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Old 08-05-2011, 04:59 PM   #21
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Day 5 Sherbrook to Ingonish

Yesterday it rained all day. Then it rained all night. And it was still raining in the morning when we were ready to leave. It rained for another four hours. No leakage today.
We headed out of Sherbrooke and started along the St Mary’s River.

Spotting a sign for the Marine Drive we turned right and followed it for the next 4 hours. Got a ferry ride



A word about this road. It is not listed in Lonely Planet, my usual source for travel ideas. However, this is a road for motorcycles. Twisties, hills, scenery, no traffic (at least today and yesterday). We are on the Cabot Trail now and I also rode it last year. I said if I had to pick between Lighthouse and Marine I would take Marine. The same goes for the Cabot. Marine is better for motorcycles.
Pictures along the way






Where we came from


Contented passenger


The Captain


Details


The boat after we reached the far side



More along the way



A yard dedicated to the Simpsons



Lunch stop



Comfort food porn – does it get any better than grilled cheese?



Never did see a sign for the Butthead Loop



We start seeing signs for Cabot Trail and take the Englishtown Ferry to get to it.





The start of the trail



Scenery







It starts to rain again so we decide to stop



Where we are



View from the front door of the room



Dinner spot





View from the restaurant


Food porn
Carrot Puree


Mushroom Ravioli



Seafood Alfredo



We have had a lot of good meals but this may be the best yet - This Place is HIGHLY recommended
And it’s raining again

Best day ever
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:19 PM   #22
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Marty,

Sorry to hear that you have had so much rain. Its good to see some of the places we rode last year again as it makes me want to visit them again in a couple weeks. I hope the rain clears up for you and the Misses, is she riding back with you? Thanks for the pictures!!!!
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:20 PM   #23
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Do ya miss it?

Hey Marty, with all the water taxi rides...do ya miss commanding a gator freighter?

Looks like you and the Admiral are having a great time. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:37 PM   #24
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Day 6 Ingonish to Quispamsis NB

So it’s raining again this morning. For the third straight day we start out in rain gear. Fortunately it won’t have to stay on all day. No breakfast at the motel so we are on the way about 0730. The drizzle stays with us for a while and the sky is threatening all morning.
Views along the way.













Yesterday I said I would chose the Marine Drive over the Cabot Trail. A small caveat – if I want spectacular views the Cabot hands down. If a want a good motorcycle road with good views the Marine Drive.
For the first time this trip we get caught behind an RV but the guy pulls over at the first turn out and we leave him in the dust.
I have a picture of this spot that I took last year hanging in my office.





What she is reading



At our breakfast stop the rain gear comes off but we would be diagnosing clouds all the rest of the day.
I was entranced by this guy headed out to sea



And where he would be stopping at the end of the day.



With every trip there comes a realization that it is time to head for home. That came to us after breakfast. I have been called a mileage muncher and today was a day to get some miles covered after all the short days of the week. So we headed for St John. Off the nice roads and onto 105 toward Moncton and St John. After 430 miles (Donna’s biggest mileage day by a factor of 2 and her longest day with hours in the saddle) we decide to stop.


And our home for the night.



Tomorrow an easy ride to Bangor. Donna will fly home on Sunday and I will have a long day again.
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Day 7 Quispamsis to Bangor

A short and easy day today. Out of the motel and on the road. It's slab and super slab, reversing last Sunday, to the border at St Stephen. Lots of cars waiting to get into the US and no one headed into Canada. After about 10 minutes we are in the States. Saw this so I had to break out the camera.



A 1926 fire truck built by Mack Truck.

Then it's back on the road for a high speed run back to Bangor. We arrive about 1130 (having gained back an hour thanks to the time change.



Rest for the day for my long ride tomorrow. The weather forecast is not promising.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:59 AM   #26
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Thanks for the pics. I hope you and your gal had a great time despite the uncooperative weather. I need to go make something to eat now. The food porn made me hungry. Hoping your trip home is a safe one.
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Agreed - food porn was great.

My better half and I just had a slice of coconut cream for dessert tonight, and when i showed her this picture all she said was "Where".

Did you find that seafood chowder and pie at the old town rest in Lunenburg. Your answer is time critical as I have a few days off now, and Lunenburg is just a little ways away

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Yesterday I said I would chose the Marine Drive over the Cabot Trail. A small caveat – if I want spectacular views the Cabot hands down. If a want a good motorcycle road with good views the Marine Drive.
Ever try the Kancamangus Highway from Conway through to 302 on the way to Burlington? Pretty nice ride there, and not too much out of your way to get back home. We used it to head back home from the east coast a week ago and really enjoyed the ride.
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My better half and I just had a slice of coconut cream for dessert tonight, and when i showed her this picture all she said was "Where".

Did you find that seafood chowder and pie at the old town rest in Lunenburg. Your answer is time critical as I have a few days off now, and Lunenburg is just a little ways away

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Old 08-08-2011, 05:40 PM   #30
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I always love reading reports of rides from the places I call home, sorry bout the weather, it's the story of the summer
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