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Old 07-09-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Kelsow does the Cabot Trail for DrCool

Cape Breton memorial ride for DrCool.

Some fine folks on ADVrider planned a memorial ride to honour their friend David Morrison.
I thought it would be a nice thing to do to meet up with his friends in Meat Cove camp grounds.

I left work Tue afternoon with threatening skies but I didn't care, I was riding, not working.


I decided to take the north shore as it's quite picturesque,








The road around the point in Cape George is quite often missed by travelers. Not sure why as it is a fantastic road to ride.




Cape George lighthouse,




This make me a happy lad,


As usual, my GPS sent me on a goose chase but I was OK with that as I like dirt, don't you?


Just before my campsite I see this,




Here is the camp site,


and the sunset for the evening,
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:01 AM   #2
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Day 2.
Got up and hit the abandoned rail line just past the causway into Cape Breton.
I saw this beauty. If I ever give up 2 wheels for 4, I chose this mode of transportation,


Along the trail there is this abandoned house,


with very cool interior. (HDR photos)






I got back on the bike and ran into 2 coyote puppies.

I chased one for a few hundred feet before it dashed into the woods,


And then, as I stopped to take a nice scenic photo I see this off in the distance,






How cool was that?



There are several bridges along the way,


Alot of it looks like this,




Here is a high one,






The trail runs all the way through to Cheticamp where at the end you are treated to this,


It's a wood burning stove for heating the house that's beside.




After Cheticamp, I saw a dirt road that led to a grave site and an interesting look out,






There was what looked like a mom and son having a picnic. Notice the plate? (CHICK CR)


Road going back down,


Another random dirt road,




Pretty much empty roads,










I headed to Dingwal to see what was there and was treated to a lot of this,




I saw a trail from the highway that looked interesting and found my way to almost the end,


It was gorgeous there,




This represents a LOT of moose burgers. MMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm moose burgers.


At this point it was time to head to Meat Cove,






Even though I was a day early, I didn't care, as you can tell by the views,




Does it get any better than this?


I managed to burn 4 loads of very wet wood and called it a night,
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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A outstanding 1st class review
Thanks for the pics and story
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Thanks Tom.

Day 3.
I woke up to a sunny day, made some coffee and headed to the other side of the Cabot Trail

Wild horse?




I have to come back in the fall,








Crossing the ferry to Englishtown,


and into Baddeck for lunch,






I found another dirt road but this one had some construction,




Typical farm,


This cow couldn't keep her eyes off me,


I went in but didn't take the tour,




Lost on another dirt road,


Decided to see where this dirt road went. Only to the top unfortunetly but over looking Cheticamp, again,



(From my other report in another thread)

This was a very surreal event for me. Not even sure if that's the right word to use.
I never met DrCool but had chatted with him many times about iceracing pictures in another thread.
I could tell by the emotions during the memorial that he was a very special man, husband, father and friend.
I could feel the love and the loss.
It was my honor to be included in this memorial.

Here are some of the pictures I took making my way to Meat Cove.

I met this nice couple, Marvin (Terrathumper) and Cindy


Here we have DaMurph arriving all the way from Newfoundland.


Here we are waiting for dinner,


I volunteered my camp site for the fire. The wood was very wet so it took a while to get started,






Here is (name escapes me) making a stencil,


WTF is he doing?...


(Artist rendering)


Scott had a flashlight that rivaled the sun so he shone it on the other side of the hill. First was the ADV salute and then the logo.

Too funny.

So the next morning we all awoke at the crack of dawn to this,


This was a special day,


Most riders left at 8:00 for coffee but there was a handful left with me so I scooted ahead to try to take some pix.
Most of the headlights (bright) screwed with the focus, but whatyagonnado?















Just we got to Neils Harbour some "crazy lady" came screaming at us "Do you guys want coffee?"

Only in the Maritimes.


We stayed for cake and coffee but had to leave for the start of the memorial.

Here is Ion telling us the story of that day's events.


Signing the stone,


Passing the stone up to it's final resting spot,


After the memorial and quite a few tears it was time to say goodbye to Dave's family and head back home.



RIP DrCool

After breakfast we hit the road for home. I pulled into the Irving for gas and as I sat gathering my stuff, this guy backs into the window.
I think he was admiring my ride, not sure,


D'OH!

The temp was 33°c and that means I can't stop for pix so I rode home in this for hours till I got home at 7:00

A long emotional day but I was happy I could be a part.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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Very cool, as usual
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #6
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Excellent pictures and narrative! Heading up that way myself from Ontario via the US. After seeing your pictures I am chomping at the bit
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Fantastic photos. Rode the Cabot in 2011 and 2012. Love seeing it again.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:46 PM   #9
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Just saw your report Kelsow... Fabulous! And terrific photos! You're really good.

I've got to get back to ride the Cabot Trail again this year. Now that I have the GS it would be great to do that gravel road that you were on. Not sure where it is though.

And Meat Cove... can't wait to be back there again too. I still kick myself that last year when I was there I didn't take any photos - time lapse photos - of the stars... it was incredible. I had my camera gear with me too and I just didn't even bother. I don't know what was wrong with me. But I sat looking at them in awe for a long time.

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #10
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Awesome report and fantastic photos.

But I have to say... SO MANY BEEMERS. Not a KLR in the bunch. :(
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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Wow, stunning photos!
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #12
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Thanks for the kind comments.

Well Jacob, there were KLR's there. I just chose not to take their pictures.






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