Nova Scotia input

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  1. pgods

    pgods Godspeed rider

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    I'm riding up solo from NYC in July to Halifax, where my wife is flying in for a 4 day loop (two up) in Cape Breton. Upon leaving the airport, I'm deciding whether to head south on 102 to Dartmouth and catch 7 asap, or go 212 to 357 south into 7. Thoughts?
    From there it's 7 to Sea Breeze campground near Queensport for a night. Then onto the western (Atlantic side) of the Cabot Trail to Meat Cove campground. For the third night back toward Halifax, I haven't decided where to stay? Recommendation??
    I will have the whole of the 4th day to get her back to the airport.

    Thanks for your input!
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  2. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    Your going to love the Province! I try to get back at least once a season and my advice is this:

    1. It takes longer to get around Nova Scotia than the map distances would indicate unless you use the "100" series hiways. Don't bite off more than you can chew.
    2. There are Motels, B&B's and campground everywhere. Even in peak season, there really isn't a need to pre-book.
    3. While the entire Province is well suited to riding, and there are some special places, the crown Jewel for Motorcycles is Cape Breton, and specifically the section from Inverness up and around to Ignonish. Get there post haste to enable yourself to fully enjoy it without rushing through.
    4. With regards to Meat Cove, it is a busy place and most people only stay one night. To get the best spots, get there by noon, drop your gear and then go explore.

    With regards to your specific questions:

    * heading into Dartmouth from the Airport will eat lots of time, take the 212/357 route
    * This confuses me "Then onto the western (Atlantic side) of the Cabot Trail to Meat Cove campground" The North/Western side of Cape Breton faces the Gulf of St Lawrence, the South/East faces the Atlantic. The best riding is from Inverness up and around to Ignonish so when you cross the causeway into Cape Breton, right after the bridge there will be a round-a-bout, exit that round-a-bout onto #19 and head up towards Port Hood.

    Have fun

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  3. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    Some thoughts from Nova Scotia many years ago.. The people are so friendly. The seafood is amazing!!

    The minor roads were in need of repair.. Potholes were a pain..

    Have a great trip..
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  4. pgods

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    Thanks DW ... yes, I mean't South/ East facing the Atlantic. I was planning a counter clockwise around the Highlands ... no? Yes, my mileage is pretty aggressive. It's the timing my wife has away from work (4 days) that's pushing it... and the crown Jewel, the C- Trail, is the goal. I'm riding a 1200GS w her and gear on back. A main concern is Meat Cove road ... dirt and steep. Personally I'm fine with dirt ...BUT, if it rains and the dirt turns to mud it's trouble on Metzler Tourances, plus a heavy bike. I'll have to watch the weather.
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  5. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    An Old Wives tale is that the Cabot Trail is best traveled going counter clockwise as you are on the ocean side of the road. Truth be known, its great in either direction. Also, it's best to ride it in both directions. You will be fine on the Meat Cove road with your 1200, they have removed most of the bad parts in the last few years. Also make note of a motorcycle friendly Motel in Cheticamp (outside of town, just before the bridge that is near the Park Gate) called Cornerstone Motel http://cornerstonemotel.com/ If you get crap weather they might be an option for drying out.

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  6. Littlepeter

    Littlepeter Been here awhile

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    I don't mean to scare or discourage you, but this will not be the best year to do the Cabot Train.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cabot-trail-road-construction-1.3532056

    Most of the heavy construction is on the west side of the island but they are also replacing some bridges on the east side. All this being said, all routes will remain passable and like RumRunner said , the road into Meat Cove is not a concern.

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  7. pgods

    pgods Godspeed rider

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    I did hear about the construction. It's a bummer. Plus with the CAT ferry running again, it's likely to be infested with Americans like myself. That's a bummer too, but good for NS commerce.
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    @RumRunner has pretty much hit the nail on the head. The Cabot Trail is good in any direction. Look at the Forchu Road as well on the Eastern side of the Island. Fairly new Tarmac and ocean views.

    I just don't believe that @RumRunner comes as often as he says he does. He had yet to stop and drink any of my alcohol.
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  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I also agree with the 212, 357, then the # 7 to Antigonish.
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  10. statsman

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    My standard advice for doing the Cabot Trail.
    If possible, ride it on a weekday.
    The place is packed with both motorcycles and cars from the Maritime provinces and New England on the weekends.
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    I just heard the news.
    The ferry service between Portland ME and Yarmouth NS has re-opened.
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  12. pgods

    pgods Godspeed rider

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    I know. I'm booked! Expensive though, but the time and mileage saved is worth it. Now if we could have a ferry service to Iceland :-)
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    It would be interesting to do a cost analysis between the ferry and riding through the rest of Maine and New Brunswick to get to Nova Scotia.
    Even doing an iron butt ride, you would still need at least one night in northern ME or NB plus meals, gas etc.
    I have no doubt the ferry company has factored this in to the cost of the fare.
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  14. Millwright98

    Millwright98 Been here awhile

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    Halifax to Bangor Maine is about 8-9 hrs..... no need to overnight in NB :)
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  15. Millwright98

    Millwright98 Been here awhile

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    pgods... I live just 2 min. off the #7 in Mineville, NS (google map it) ... feel free to get in touch if you're coming by.... !
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  16. statsman

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    How long from New York City (where the OP lives) to Halifax going the all land route?
    Not a ride I would like to do in one go.
    That's what I should have stated that in my original comment.
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  17. Millwright98

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    NYC - Halifax riding interstate would be around 16/18hrs on the bike... I've made Boston in 12 in the cage.... If it was me... I'd run NYC to Bangor....overnight and then run Bangor to Halifax.... 2 nice steady days riding and both can be done no problem in daylight.

    edit: - Google Maps says 14hrs.... I stand by my estimate as being more realistic on a bike.
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  18. C-Stain

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    I think you're probably a bit shy on time... have to consider traffic on the I95 around Hartford and Boston. Fuel stops, pee breaks, eating... the occasional shit.

    Christ - we burned 90 minutes getting around Boston at rush hour....
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    Could be... I usually am heading for Niagara and go around Boston on the 495 to I90....usually plan to be thru there after hours to avoid traffic.
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  20. pgods

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    Thanks for the welcome and offer! Addressing a few of the thoughts above... 1) The ferry cost vs the ride around New Brunswick. It really comes down to time, even if saving a little more. 20 years ago I did a NS trip and rode one way around. It was long and mile pounding. My primary goal is to pick up my wife in Halifax and take her around Cape Breton on a 4 day ride celebrating our anniversary - sans kids. Plus, doing the coastline ride twice Yarmouth to Halifax/ Halifax to Yarmouth is appealing. Pure beauty. 2) factoring enough time via I95 to Portland. Since I'm riding alone in this stretch, I can take 2 days to get to Portland. Easily doable. I did a solo cross country ride last year - 6,800 miles in 28 days with plenty of down time in between. I had some very long days, like Denver to well past Kansas City: 743 miles.
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