Nova Scotia on a Shoestring

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bgoodsoil, May 13, 2010.

  1. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL Supporter

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    After reading the viral marketing campaign, I had to follow along on this RR. :D
  2. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs Supporter

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    AAh! Isn't it always that way! At least it was a minor.
    Unlike the troubles I used to have with my Ironhead Sportster.
  3. Firenailer

    Firenailer Still Ridin'

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    SPORTSTERS? SPORTSTERS? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' SPORTSTERS!

    Isn't that what got this adventure started? :1drink
  4. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Dern, I passed through New Brunswick yesterday. I'd have hung around to see that guy if I knew that.

    I got up the next day and saw a wondrous site....sunshine!

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    Here's the little diner. $3 got me a huge breakfast

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    Maybe it's Amish country?

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    I almost didn't make it across the border. I've never been so thoroughly searched. They opened up everything. I had a can of pepper spray for bears and the guy found it buried in my boxes somewhere. He said he could arrest me for it. He confiscated it and made me fill out a bunch of forms about it. I took a picture but they guy said that was illegal too. He went through my camera and deleted the picture. Jeez!

    I saw this just over the border. Man, this place is beautiful.

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    Then it started raining....and the bike died again. Poop! It must've been coincidence that the bike started running good after I pulled the gas cap last time. My best guess now is that the rain is stealing my spark. Maybe a cracked coil? The heads are 400 degrees so any water that touches them evaporates instantly.

    I tore into the bike at a parking lot in between rains.

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    I got this spray at the auto store and hose down....well, pretty much everything. I coated the coil.

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    I did some offroading to get back to a campsite. There are 4 wheeler trails off the side of the road everywhere. The mud was like riding through Jello.

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    keeckstand? We don't need no steeenking keeckstand! (sorry firenailer, I had to steal that line!)

    Finally found someplace flat and camped.

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    It was sunny this morning. I won't know if that stuff fixed it til I hit some more rain. I hope that happens in Georgia!

    I'm in Cape Breton now heading to Sydney to catch the ferry. I'll try to get up some sorta map thing when I have more time.

    Thanks for the support guys!
  5. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Damn you do put down the miles :freaky

    Think Canada is mad at us for being such jerks? :lol3 Arrest you for pepper spray. :bluduh seriously.

    Seems crazy that they'd go through that much trouble over you.


    ANYWAY good luck finding that intermittent problem. Newfoundland is going to be fun!!
  6. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Pepper Spray is actually considered a "weapon" here in Canada. With our tight Gun Control and other weapons laws...the arrest could have been justified under the Criminal Code of Canada.
  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    yabbut- Its a non-lethal defense! not like a .357 bouy knife. :lol And there are Bears in Canada! especially where our fair adventurer is liable to be poaching a campsite!

    And to think a 20' stream of wasp spray is perfectly legal. :loco
  8. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Wow, didn't know that. I assumed this was something that was carried if you went into bear country.
  9. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    So true... I've never understood why bear spray is considered a weapon here. The wasp spray is a good one. Probably do way more damage to a person (or a bear). Go figure.



  10. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    I've lived in various parts of Rural Nova Scotia for 36 years. NEVER seen a bear.....ever.

    However, when I lived in Cheticamp, my clothesline had an unfortunate interaction with a Moose...

    If Brad sees a big bull moose in Cape Breton with a pair of Levi's and some Fruit of the Loom BVDs in his antlers, could be grab those for me??? I'd like them back...:lol3
  11. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Was just making a general comment.

    Speaking of which, I live 1/2 hour north of Toronto, and last year they shut down the main drag because some bear was on the loose here. They couldn't figure out what to do for a few hours...:rofl

    Can just picture the Moose drying your stuff for you.....running down the road...
  12. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    No offense taken...damn Moose didn't take off down the road though..straight through the bush with the brand new Levis....and my clothesline, part of my shed and my deck trailing behind the bugger.

    On that note...Brad! Be careful...those buggers are HUGE. Keep your eyes peeled in NFLD and Cape Breton.
  13. FlyingDutchman

    FlyingDutchman Dirt Biker

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    While coming back from St. Johns, I needed to make a ferry off Nfld at Midnight. I was running late and decided to go against advice and ride at night...the moose are on the road more at night. Well, I didn't see any, so I decided to try a shortcut up a seldom used logging road. I had never seen a moose in the dark and did not really know what to expect.

    I'm bombing along faster and as it gets completely dark, I notice some reflective flashes in the distance. I might be doing 80k, but they disappear, so I don't slow. Next thing I see is the rear of moose, a young bull, running away from me. I barely keep it under control as I skid beside it and it darts in the bush. This happened 8 more times in under 2 hours. The last one was an adult female and as I tried to pass her she started to veer towards me, apparently a defense mechanism from being chased by predators.

    I was told I was lucky I did not see any mature bulls because they don't run away from you...

    Keep your high beam on when you finally get stuck riding at night...

    Look forward to reading this report...keep it up.
  14. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Brad,

    You appear to be haulin' a**, bro... Slow down and take some more pic's. :clap


    Lance
  15. thumpididump

    thumpididump MacGyver

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    Interestingly, moose are not native to NFLD -- they were brought over there from New Brunswick about 100 years ago. Today there are about 10 times as many moose in NFLD than in NB (granted NFLD is much bigger) ... the population took off because they have so much more space to roam. (OK, that's enough from Cliff Claven).

    Dangerous as hell for motorcyclists, so be careful.
  16. Sqeezer

    Sqeezer Squirrelly Geezer

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    Brad,

    Subscribed! Your adventure is fantastic! Please keep it coming, and thanks for sharing.

    - Guy
  17. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    You can't bring wasp spray across the border either :baldy
    ANYTHING that can be considered a weapon, non-lethal or not, will be confiscated at the border. Tasers, expanding batons, even those bean bag shotgun shells are all highly illegal in Canuckistan. You can buy spray here (at 4x the cost), but you can't transport it across the border. Be aware that if you use it on a person during your stay you will be arrested.
    Yay for socialism :clap
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  18. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Great report, thanks for sharing. I had no problems getting into Canada last year coming out of Minnesota. He ask me why I didn't have a gun or pepperspray after I told him I had no weapons or sprays. I told him I knew I was coming to Canada. ;-). He didn't even ask for passport or anything. Coming out at Ste St Marie, just showed passport and bs'd with the borderguard for about 10 minutes after he saw my Marine Corps emblem on my bike. He did ask me what I bought in Canada. I told him food, gas, motel rooms. He laughed. He was ex Marine also.
  19. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Just remember it is a long weekend up here. Monday is the Victoria Day Holiday, so some stuff might be closed and roads busy.
  20. Ratgin

    Ratgin Adventurer

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    Im a little rusty but if its labled as BEAR SPRAY and doesnt mention humans its not illegal. Used against people you go to trial. Used against bears your ok.

    Any type of pepper spray labeled as self defense is a prohibited weapon

    Best double check but that was the ruling about 5 years ago.
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