Eighteen Years In The Making

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BluRidgeRider, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    We rode north across Nova Scotia today, through a small section of New Brunswick and then crossed Confederation Bridge onto Prince Edward Island. Was raining steady and the wind was gusting when we left Halifax, but it started clearing as we headed across the bridge to PEI.

    Didn't take many pictures today due to the weather, but it cleared up nicely after we checked into the hotel.

    Near Augustine Cove.

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    The view from Peake's Quay in Charlottetown where we ate dinner. The cruise ship in the background is underway and headed out to sea.

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    Walking around the historic district in the evening in Charlottetown.

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    Looking forward to tomorrow's ride where we'll explore the western side of PEI.



    Numa
  2. B10Dave

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    Hope you get good weather tomorrow Numa. You will enjoy the roads and scenery on PEI.
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    Enjoying this again Numa!
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  4. BluRidgeRider

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    We had beautiful weather for riding on Wednesday. Temperatures in the high fifties in the morning and it only got up to the mid-seventies during the day. Wonderful blue skies all day long.

    My Gold Wing had gotten filthy dirty riding in the rain on Tuesday, but luckily the hotel in Charlottetown had a wash area for motorcycles.

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    Marise was ready to ride about the same time I finished washing the bike, so we headed west to ride a loop along shoreline roads. We took Routes 11 and 14 along the coast up to Tignish and then headed south along Route 12 down the opposite coast.

    Lots of pretty views and almost no traffic. Very rural areas with towns few and far between.

    We saw more boats like the one below than I could count. They were sitting in front and side yards of houses, on otherwise vacant lots and on shore in harbors. They were all being prepared for the fall fishing season which begins August 1st.

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    From there we rode to Cavendish and Green Gables. Here is the house and yard that was the setting of the Ann Of Green Gables novel series. (Marise is a fan and wanted to see this spot.)

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    We continued riding along shorelines...

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    ...and made a stop by Brackley Beach...

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    ...before heading back into Charlottetown to enjoy the sunset at low tide and then get some dinner.

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    Numa
  5. BluRidgeRider

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    We had another good day of riding today. It was a bit overcast, but temperatures were great and there was no rain. I took this picture in Charlottetown before we headed out.

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    After checking out of our hotel in Charlottetown, we rode a northeastern loop along the water and then dropped southeast to catch the ferry at Wood Islands, PEI back over to Nova Scotia. Once we were back ashore, we again followed roads paralleling the coastline and were treated with more great views.

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    We are spending the night in Auld's Cove and this is the view from our motel.

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    Here's a shot Marise took out on the road today.

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    Mussels were prominently featured in tonight's seafood pasta dish I dined on at Cove Motel and Restaurant.

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    Tomorrow we are planning to ride the Cabot Trail.



    Numa
  6. B10Dave

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    Looks like you are hitting the right spots Numa. Did you get on the bigger of the Northumberland ferry? Food pic looks delicious. Enjoy the Cabot Trail ride tomorrow. I like to ride it clockwise so you are in the lane away from the edge in case the sightseeing gets a bit too much attention. Have fun....Dave
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  7. BluRidgeRider

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    We were on the larger ferry. We had a reservation for 1 PM, but arrived early so they gave us a spot on the earlier ferry. We met the smaller ferry as it was heading back to Wood Islands from NS. We would have been on it if we had arrived a little later.

    The tie down straps on the ferry were really long and weren't going to work with my soft loops. They also just had a few straps available. (The ferry from Portland had plenty of regular Ancra straps.)

    Other riders were running one long ratchet strap over the seat or over the frame of their bike. Those straps were grungy and I didn't want to take a chance on scratching up the Wing. I had brought two webbed straps with me and used them with my soft loops to secure the bike.

    Today we are riding Cabot Trail clockwise, ending up in Sydney for the night.


    Numa
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  8. BluRidgeRider

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    It was raining lightly when we left Auld's Cove this morning. We headed up the coast on Highway 19, the Ceilidh Trail, through towns with interesting names like Creignish, Judique, Mabou, Strathlorne and Inverness. At Dunvegan we stayed on the coast following 219 up to the Cabot Trail at Margaree Harbour.

    From there we headed north and east along the cliffs of the Cabot Trail enjoying great views. It cleared up about the time we entered Cape Breton Highlands National Park; still riding on the Cabot Trail.

    Spectacular views all along the way through Cape North and back down the eastern shore towards Sydney. Most of the photos I have been taking have been on my Sony camera and those will have to wait until I get home to be converted from camera RAW to jpegs for posting. Everything I've posted on this trip so far have been photos taken with my cell phone. That is also true of the photos below which were taken today.

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    Here is the night time view from our hotel in Sydney, NS.

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    We went for a walk after dinner and I noticed these parking meters which are positioned on the side of the sidewalk away from the curb. Can't remember ever seeing them anywhere except directly adjacent to the curb.

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    Tomorrow we head back to Halifax where we'll spend a couple of nights before returning to Yarmouth for the ferry back to Portland, ME.




    Numa
  9. BluRidgeRider

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    Today was a transition day and I didn't take many pictures. We took the Trans Canada Highway along Bras d'Or Lake and rode through the center of Cape Breton Island back to Port Hawkesbury. The bridge at Port Hawkesbury is the only way to cross from Cape Breton Island via road back to mainland Nova Scotia. We had gotten stopped on the bridge the day before -- traffic was stopped due to an accident -- but today we crossed without delay.

    While in Auld's Cove a couple of days ago, we heard the tall ships would be in Halifax when we returned. They were there when we rode into town this evening and the harbor area was packed with people.

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    I hope to get down to the wharf in the morning to shoot some more photos of some of these beautiful ships. We had a nice dinner and took a walk around town getting in some people watching and checking out the area around the hotel.

    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

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    We ended the evening watching fireworks out on the foggy waterfront.

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    Numa
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  10. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    My wife has been such a trooper on this trip. We've logged some pretty decent hours/miles on the bike every day since she joined me here in NS. Today we decided to do a short loop staying fairly close to Halifax so we wouldn't be rushed to get started riding this morning.

    We saw this group complete with bagpipes and drum while walking to mass.

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    It was a little overcast when we went into mass, but was sunny, clear and beautiful when we came out of church. We attended mass at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica.

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    On our ride, we stopped by the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial near Peggy's Cove. Two hundred twenty-nine passengers and crew members perished in this crash just off shore from Peggy's Cove.

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    We planned to stop in Peggy's Cove, but when we arrived the town was jam packed with people. Cars parked on the side of Route 333 and people walking into the town at Cove's edge. We kept on riding and made stops in Terence Bay and Sambro where we saw more great shoreline scenery.

    Once back in Halifax, after a nice dinner, we went walking along the boardwalk for more tall ship viewing and people watching. Saw this young lady playing bagpipes.

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    The tall ships are so beautiful!

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    Tomorrow we head back to Yarmouth where we'll spend the night and then catch an early ferry to Portland, ME on Tuesday morning.



    Numa
  11. BluRidgeRider

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    We left Halifax this morning -- a day earlier than our original plans because our Wednesday ferry got canceled and we were re-booked on a Tuesday ferry out of Yarmouth. We headed west on 103 and then north on 12 up to Kentville where we had a late breakfast/early lunch and topped off the Wing.

    We then rode southwest on the Evangeline Trail which paralleled the serpentine-like Annapolis River before emerging back along the coastline. We stopped in Digby to check out the huge tide swings in the Bay of Fundy. Notice how low the boats are sitting with respect to the top of the pier.

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    This lighthouse used to be on the end of the pier, but got moved ashore after years of service.

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    After we left Digby, we continued southwest to Yarmouth. While checking into the hotel, we found out our ferry for tomorrow had been canceled. We will now have to ride back up to Digby tomorrow and catch a late ferry over to St. John, New Brunswick. More hotel reservations to change.


    Numa
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    parallaxbill Mid-Carolina ADVR

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  13. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    That's very cool! Would like to hear more from you when I get back about your Dad's experiences on those ships.

    The ships in Halifax were quite obviously lovingly maintained and it's great they sail them on a regular basis to these tall ship regattas. I took many more photos and will post some of the better ones when I get back.

    I was happy to see the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle in attendance. Over 30 years ago, I was fishing from my boat on an inlet off of the Potomac River one foggy morning. After finishing, I motored back out into the Potomac to head back to the marina and the Eagle appeared out of the fog. It was headed up the Potomac to Washington, DC. My labrador Dusty was along with me and he started barking like crazy. We motored up alongside the Eagle and the Coasties were all pointing at Dusty and waving.

    The sight of that tall ship sailing out of the fog towards me was wonderful and that ship will always be my favorite.



    Numa
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    I am composing this post from onboard the ferry from Digby to Saint John, New Brunswick. We had a reservation on the 5:30 PM ferry this evening, but arrived early and got on the waiting list for the 11 AM ferry.

    We were among the last to make it on the ferry and parked the Gold Wing in a narrow gap between four-wheeled vehicles at the stern of the ship. Once I got in my spot and other vehicles pulled in behind me, I was told there was no place to connect a tie down and to just leave it in gear.

    Hopefully it be upright and in one piece when we get to Saint John.



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    JMforPres Been here awhile

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    Thankfully I didn't need to use any of that knowledge today. Was a bit worried about leaving my Wing with just the side stand for support while sitting on the wet steel floor in the hold of that ship. But I found it sitting upright and just fine at the end of the ferry ride.

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    Since we were able to get on the early ferry, we hastily canceled the reservation in St. John and booked a room at the Press Hotel in Portland.

    We made the 290 mile ride from St. John down to Portland via the shortest route arriving at 7:30 PM.

    Press Hotel.

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    The hotel is in the old Gannett Publishing building and the lobby is decorated with old typewriters.

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    Numa
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    Flasher Been here awhile

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    Cool! :D
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    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    Here's the story, as I heard it, about the CAT ferry that runs between Portland, ME and Yarmouth, NS.

    The CAT ferry has four engines. The reason my August 2nd return ferry reservation got canceled was because one of the four engines was having problems and they had scheduled maintenance for that Wednesday. They later called me back and told me my Sunday July 23 ferry would depart 3.5 hours earlier because it would take longer to cross while running on just three engines. After I got to NS, one of the remaining three engines also developed a problem and that forced them to shut down the CAT completely until repairs could be made to both troublesome engines.

    Each ship in their fleet has an engineer assigned to it. Apparently the company's head engineer and the CEO both came to Portland to oversee repairs on the CAT. We walked down to the harbor this morning and an employee told us they hope to have it running again sometime tomorrow.

    I hope they get it running soon. It's affecting many travelers and businesses on both ends of the route.




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  20. BluRidgeRider

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    On Wednesday, Marise and I spent our last time together for this trip by relaxing and exploring the area of Portland near our hotel.

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    At 5 PM we left the hotel and I rode her to the airport where we said our goodbys. Shortly after I dropped her off, United Airlines started posting delays. She evently flew out later that evening to Dulles Airport, but got there so late she missed her connecting flight. She spent the night at her brother's house -- he lives near Dulles -- and caught a flight this morning which got her back to the house at 11:30 AM today.




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