Yet another Nova Scotia trip plan (this one from NJ)

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  1. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    You might want to plan farther ahead for the Port aux Basques/No. Sydney ferry. The ferries fill up in the summer, and reservations are mandatory. The reservations can be canceled 48 hours before for a full refund, if you don't make it or what not. I would have reservations on/off of Newfoundland before I headed out.
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  2. NJ650

    NJ650 Been here awhile

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    Didn't take many photos. Here are a few.

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    Don't really have much for a ride report that would be of any interest. Here are some notes:
    Friday:
    Left 45 minutes behind schedule (12:45). Went off-route. Hit traffic. Stopped for veggie lo-mein. Found a really cheap campground, $5!!!
    Saturday: 696 Miles, 16:29:14, Avg Speed 42MPH,
    On the road by 07:00. No bagel stores to be found. Had some donuts. Back on the planned route by 08:00. The Natural Turnpike, Lincoln Gap Rd, . Schoolhouse Rd is great. If only I can remember where the hell it is. Ben & Jerry's Tour. Not that impressed. Love the highways up here - practically empty! Pinkham B Rd in NH - Very Nice! Mt. Washington (Harley Heaven). Bee-line home on the super-slab. Quick stop for bad pizza in Battenkill along the way.

    Can't wait to plan another trip to VT/NH where I will take more time to explore all the beautiful back roads!

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  3. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Be aware July 1 is Canada's Birthday. Many Canadians take their "holiday's" in Nova Scotia in early July. There are many more campgrounds than motels in the Maritimes, so pack a tent just in case. You'll find motels near the more populated places, but B&B's may be a better option along your route.

    You'll find many places to enjoy good food and a couple of beers at the end of the day in the Maritimes (and the local beers are very good), and people are very friendly so you'll meet lot's of people. NS has awesome maps at their Welcome Centers, stop and pick one up. Also, they'll call ahead and find camping/lodging for you which saved us once in the rain when we didn't want to ride around looking for a place!
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  4. insanehussain

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    Thanks! Thats the general plan... slab it to NY and then hit New England back roads up to the Canadian border. Although, I might make a last minute turn for a night in Boston to visit some family.

    I'll probably know this before the week is out but what are my options for crossing the border to New Brunswick. Are there multiple border posts or just one up there?
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  5. insanehussain

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    Thanks for the heads up -- I'm going to have put some energy into the planning. I'm generally free wheeling it all the way up there so its tough to tell when precisely I'll want to cross -- And I've got a zillion other things to handle in the next week and a half just so I can get the time off. At the very least, I'll call the ferry service before I leave and take it from there...
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  6. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    tons of places to cross from Maine into New Brunswick. I suppose crossing at Calais is the most common thing when headed to Nova Scotia. The other option would be Lubec to Campobello Island and then across on the ferry to Letete.
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  7. debaisley

    debaisley Long timer

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    I am leaving for NS this thursday for an 11 day ride. Does it really get that busy during Canada day ? I plan on camping every night , but I cant make reservations because I dont know where I will be staying every night , just winging it.
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  8. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Motels might be tough, but I don't think you'll have a problem finding space in campgrounds. Stop at the first info center in NS to pick up the excellent NS map, and they should have a list of campgrounds. Here's a website with quite a few listings that you may want to print out and take with you:
    http://www.campsource.ca/ns/

    You may want to call ahead to see if a reservation is advised at Meat Cove due to it's popularity and size (30 sites?). They also have a lodge there but I recall it only has a few rooms. Good food also, though we had to get there early before they ran out (that was in 2000).

    We camped in Whycocomagh, Meat Cove, Mabou & Pugwash in August of 2000 without reservations, however that was nine years ago. Here is a link to our route then, though today I'd stay off the 102 and 104 and route through the Musquodoboit's instead:
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/fullsize/1309664253037253179pOLwWj

    Enjoy!
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  9. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Here's a map of my normal "quick" route thru Maine if I want to stay off I-95 without losing too much time. Specifically, Rt 202 from Augusta to Bangor is a good fast scenic road through rural Maine on a bike (hill, what hill, I didn't see no hill), and lightly traveled otherwise and skips that boring section of I-95. I've found the RV's and towed campers can be a pain on Rt 9, the "Airline" between Bangor and Calais, so I often take a bit more time and take Rt 2 Bangor to Lincoln on the east side of the Penobscot, Rt 6 Lincoln to Topsfield, and Rt 1 Topsfield to Calais. Rt 1 is usually pretty good too, once you get past the section between Bangor and Ellsworth and everyone headed to Acadia. Kittery to Augusta on I-95 is quicker than the southern section of Rt 202 on the map. Here's the map:
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/fullsize/1309664801037253179WMtaGe
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  10. NJ650

    NJ650 Been here awhile

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    They don't take reservations.
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  11. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    get your beer / drinks before you arrive.. otherwise you'll go dry and have to hear about for ages afterwards....

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  12. Nan-Lo

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    Jesus! Could you warn someone about that photo!!:rofl

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  13. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    hey at least it's not the swimming video from the gaspe trip......


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  14. NJ650

    NJ650 Been here awhile

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    ...less than a week until departure. I changed the oil & filter today and took my first stab at packing just about everything I need. Trying to travel very light. I want to make sure everything fits securely & actually fits into my bags now...don't want any last minute packing issues. New tires should arrive Monday and hopefully be on the bike by Tuesday or Wednesday.



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  15. IRONIVAR

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    have fun , and take alot of pictures for us stuck at home.
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  16. NJ650

    NJ650 Been here awhile

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    Today is the day. I should be leaving in a few minutes. I just put new tires on the bike yesterday - Cheng Shin C858 Dual Sport Front Tire, Kenda K270 Dual Purpose Rear Tire. I had to run an errand last night (150 miles round trip), so I fully loaded the bike in preparation for the big trip. The last thing I want is to leave today and realize when I'm an hour away that I've forgotten something. Filled the tank last night as well, so I think I'm good to go....


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    You just gonna buckle down somewhere?
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    NJ650 Been here awhile

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    It was crazy!! I was trying to ride in a straight line, but had to lean to the left like I was cornering a sport bike just to keep from being blown off the road. I'll write about it soon.
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  20. kl Richard

    kl Richard This is a Dark Ride!!

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    If you can connect to the NSDSC site, once in NS send me a PM

    I'll help out if you want, or need any!!!!!
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