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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Keithag65, Jan 8, 2019.
Enjoying the report - curious to find out what you did with the pistol going across.
"Get out of my store", LOL.... I had a similar experience in VT, but the store owner hid behind a soda machine. We thought the store was empty when she burst out from behind the soda machine acting all flustered and anxious. We had already poured our coffee and just wanted to pay for the coffee and get the bathroom key. She wouldn't let us pay or have the key. Biker-phobia all the way.
Unzip one side of the tent, roll over and gravity takes care of the rest
St. Stephen, NB to Miramichi, NB
I spent the morning getting some supplies together for my border crossing. Stocked up on food mainly.
I hung out at McDonalds for the wifi and just wasn't in any big hurry. It sure is nice traveling when you don't have to be anywhere, or under time constraints.
I had to do something with the pistol. The sporting goods store has a service where they will store your gun for you, but that was way to expensive.
I decided to ride out of town and find a place in the woods to stash it.
That all went well. It was interesting when I went back to pick it up later though.
Welcome to Canada. Border crossing went fine. The guy working it kept wanting to talk to me about where I should go.
I was so hot sitting there in the direct sunlight with all my gear on. I just wanted to ride.
I hit some back rough roads then got on the main road towards Miramichi. It was a long ride up there. I found a little place out of the way to get a beer. Nice little gal working the place. I wanted to stay longer and spend more time with her but it was getting late and I needed to get out of the city area and find a place to camp.
She gave me a recommendation down a dead end road that ends at the water.
I found that place but it wasn't a good spot.
Up the road I asked at a house with a big field, but they sent me down to the main road and to an old guys house. That worked out great.
Carl was a nice fella who used to let people camp here. I got a good nights sleep and was out early the next morning.
Good report so far. I rode up to the Flight 93 memorial back in 2007 I think. I'm a pilot for United and I knew the captain, Jason Dahl, fairly well. It was a hard day for me, being there and seeing everything. It has probably evolved quite a bit now, but back then there was not a lot there. I left one of my Uniform hats and a note for Jason.
The wife and I did the Canadian Maritimes 2-up this last summer, so I am looking forward to seeing if you went to some of the same places. We were there in late July and early August, and man was it hot! We loved it up there and are looking forward to going back. Here is the Link to my RR:
The summer before that I did the Gaspe Peninsula, in Quebec, solo. Beautiful riding up there. Reminded me of the PNW. I used to live in Klamath Falls a long time ago. Looking forward to reading the rest of your report.
Miramichi, NB to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
I would be following the Starfish route along the Acadian Coast this morning. The weather was a overcast but cool. Thank goodness for cool weather.
There it is. Aren't you a big boy!
The Prince Edward Island Bridge. I wouldn't be going over that. I'm not a big fan of long bridges anymore after the Lake Pontchartrain bridge.
Day 23 Cont'd
A break for some lunch in Port Elgin, NB.
I made it to Nova Scotia!!!! Been thinking about this for a long time.
Lobster season was in full swing in this region.
Day 23 Cont'd
People waiting to buy right off the boat.
Day 23 Cont'd
I followed the coast line through Pugwash, Tatamagouche, River John, and Pictou on my way to New Glasgow.
I fueled up in town, then hit a nice twisty road on my route all the time looking for a yard to target.
The road I was on had construction and the route was closed. I turned around and took a side road just hoping to find some good place that I could camp.
Pretty soon I'm near the water and over my shoulder I see some nice big yards down a private road that look good.
I decided to go down there. There were some people working on a car out front of a house, so I stopped and walked down to talk to them
Very nice people and they said I could camp no problem.
This turned out to be awesome.
I've noticed that Canadian flags fly about 10 to 1 compared to US flags. They are everywhere.
One of the boys came out to offer me dinner later, but I already had a gourmet meal going.
Day 23 Cont'd
It turns out I was near Melmerby Beach Park. They all wondered how I got so far off the beaten path. That's just what I like to do. Ride the side roads.
Beautiful sunset. I got a very peaceful nights sleep.
I was invited in for coffee the next morning.
The patriarch of the house was a heart doctor.
We all sat around talking for a couple hours before I hit the road.
Last year I came across the same store in Ripton but I didn't get to meet the old bitty. An old man was at the counter who said but a few words.
From Arkansas to Maine, it all looked the same.
New Glasgow to Near Margaret Harbour
After a long morning of breakfast and coffee with the folks where I camped last night, I decided to take the short ride across the bay to Melmerby Park.
Looking back across the bay from the park. The yard I stayed at last night.
They certainly picked a nice place to live. What a view!
Day 24 Cont'd
I was heading back to my route when I came across this guy. I've seen them dead from a distance, but never close up. Poor thing was still alive. I think it's back was broken.
I made it to Cape Breton Island.
Day 24 Cont'd
I would be doing the Cabot Trail clockwise. I was riding into about a 1000 mph wind and it wasn't much fun.
I stopped in Port Hood to rest and have a couple beers.
I followed a gravel road out of town before meeting up with the main road again.
About the time I hit Inverness I started looking for a good spot to camp. I continued riding out of town and down the 219 side road. I came upon this field with a cable gate just off the side of the road. I rode back in and found a beautiful spot right on the edge.
Great spot!! Facing northwest looking into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Day 24 Cont'd
It was a beautiful evening with an awesome sunset. I enjoyed a nice cold beer with dinner as I sat back and took it all in.
Wrapped it up real good in a dry bag and stashed it under a rock in the woods.
You need to enlarge one of these into a 11x13" and hang it in your office! I am enjoying your report! I did NS back in '15 and enjoyed it very much!
That's the money shot right there...beautiful.
Margaree to Louisbourg
I got an early start. I really needed fuel and backtracked a little to Margaree. There wasn't any fuel there. Dang! That was a 32 mile round trip to the intersection.
If I would have just taken a left and gone a few miles I would have found a station in Belle Cote. I was really running low.
I did find a neat place that would have also made a great camping spot the night before.