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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    As for me, I left the hotel in Portland, ME this morning at 6 AM to begin my ride south. The weather was good, traffic was fairly cooperative and I was enjoying the ride so much I didn't want to stop. I rode the whole 1,040 miles from Portland to my house on the south side of Charlotte and just got home shortly before 11 PM.


    Portland, ME to Monroe, NC via United Airlines -- it took Marise 18.5 hours to get home.

    Portland, ME to Monroe, NC via Gold Wing -- it took me a little less than 17 hours to get home.


    And I didn't have to worry about a flight attendant trying to throw me out of my seat.




    Numa
  2. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    Riding the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, NS was definitely one of the highlights of this trip for both Marise and me. Spectacular views most everywhere we looked.

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    Marise on the rocks.

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    The Cabot Trail roadway was very nice....

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    ...except for one stretch of 4-5 miles under construction that featured red clay mud...

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    ....resulting in this.

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    Shortly thereafter it turned sunny and hot causing that mud to bake into a chunk as hard as Aztec pottery.





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  3. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    Once outside of the cities -- Yarmouth, Halifax, Charlottetown, Sydney -- we rode in mostly very rural areas where the houses were spaced apart and few businesses existed other than commercial watermen. In these rural areas, we did see plenty of large, beautiful churches. Here are some examples.

    Augustine Cove.

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    Saint Bernard.

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    The cemetery in back of Saint Benard.

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    St. Peter's Bay.

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  4. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Beautiful area with so much history. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
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    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    Glad you're enjoying the posts. I am working through all of the photos I took and will post more soon.

    Canada is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of their Confederation. #Canada150

    We received this pass for free while at the Ann of Green Gables House and it's supposed to give us free entry into any Canadian Park for one year. It worked to get us into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park while riding the Cabot Trail.

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    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    We took three different ferries during this trip. The first ferry -- the CAT -- took me from Portland, ME to Yarmouth.

    Waiting in the queue. That's Frank and Bruce -- the two riders I met from Delaware -- in line right in front of me.

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    The CAT.

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    Waiting to enter the belly of the beast.

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    Underway.

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    Waiting to go through Customs in Yarmouth.

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    Welcome to Canada!

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    After joining me in Halifax, Marise and I toured Prince Edward Island and then we caught the ferry from Wood Islands over to Caribou, NS.

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    The lighthouse at Wood Islands.

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    Big ship; big chain; big ropes.

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    Ship's bell.

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    And lastly, Marise and I took the ferry from Digby, NS over to Saint John, New Brunswick. Once we rode the Wing from Saint John down to Portland, we went down to the harbor so Marise could get a look at the CAT.

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    In this photo you can see the water underneath the catamaran hull.

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  7. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    For those of you who may be wondering how I got to 1,040 miles on the ride home from Portland, I took the following route so as to avoid - (1) as much of I-95 as possible, (2) New York City, and (3) as many tolls as possible. (I hate paying a toll [read tax] to ride on roads my tax dollars were used to build. It just rubs me wrong.)

    • From Portland, I-295 South
    • I-95 South
    • I-495 West
    • I-290 West
    • I-90 West
    • I-84 West to Scranton, PA
    • I-81 South
    • I-77 South
    • I-485 South
    • Route 74 East


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    The 1929 American LaFrance fire engine we saw in downtown Charlottetown was in beautiful condition. I made a donation to help them maintain it for future generations to enjoy. Here are some detail shots.

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    Here are some more photos from the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial located near Peggy's Cove, NS.

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    Marise sitting next to the carved Memorial stones.

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    That's the light house at Peggy's Cove in the background.

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    It was just a coincidence the tall ships came into the harbor at Halifax while we were in town. With them came crowds of spectators which made our evening walks more interesting.

    U.S. Coast Guard Eagle bowsprit and figurehead.

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    I noticed the wrapping on the rigging on the Eagle -- it almost looks like seaweed -- and asked one of the Coasties about its purpose. It's called baggywrinkle and it is made from old frayed rope. It's put there to keep the sails from chaffing.

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    Here are some photos of other tall ships in the regatta.

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  12. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    They don't get much summer up there but you seemed to have lucked out. Sunny blue skies. Canada has a lot of interesting history. I really enjoy the engineering of the lochs in Ontario.
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    We did get very lucky with the weather. Some blue skies, some overcast, but just a very little light rain on a couple of occasions. I didn't hit a single drop of rain on the ride up from Charlotte to Portland and hit just a few drops on the ride home Thursday. Not even enough to consider stopping to don my rainsuit.

    I haven't ridden extensively in Canada. Before this trip I had only ridden motorcycle across the top of Lake Ontario from Toronto to Ottawa/Cornwall back in 1993. On that trip I was aboard a Honda CX500 with Vetter fairing.

    I really want to get out west in Canada to ride in Alberta and British Columbia. Banff and Jasper National Parks and along the coast near Vancouver look interesting.

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  14. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Well not right you don't. Half the province is on fire :(
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    WHOOP! WHOOP!
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    While walking down by the harbor in Charlottetown, we saw this Chinese Junk and spoke with the owner. It was built in 1968. He purchased it in China and had it shipped to Prince Edward Island. He has been working to fully restore it and offers it for charter out of the harbor there in Charlottetown.

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    We had dinner one evening at John Brown Grill in Charlottetown. Our outdoor table provided us with nice seats to enjoy the live jazz music setup on a stage across the street from the restaurant.

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    View from a hilltop fort/park in Halifax.

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    MacDonald Bridge crosses from Halifax over to Dartmouth.

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    Down by the waterfront in Halifax (with self-portrait in window reflection).

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    Several of the tall ships in Halifax had drill teams that practiced in a park in town.

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    Some random road shots taken along the way.

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    We were behind this car while crossing the bridge over to Cape Breton Island. The cylindrical cap on this device (mounted on his roof at the edge of the rear window) was spinning at high rate of speed. If any of you know what it is, I am interested to learn.

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    Obligatory lighthouse photo.

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    We saw quite a few wind farms along the way.

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    And some interesting pole top configurations.

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    This fox came strolling through the parking area on Robinson's Island, PEI.

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    Obligatory lobster traps.

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    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    My final set of photos from this trip.

    Brackley Beach.

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    Testing the waters.

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    Augustine Cove.

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    Random shots taken along the way.

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    BluRidgeRider Long Rider

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    My total mileage for this trip was 4,234 miles. My lovely wife Marise was on the Gold Wing for 1,966 of those miles.

    Great trip!



    Numa