Returned the Rental (Good-bye my little piece of heaven) by 9:00 this morning. Loaded the gear back on the bike and was off the few kms to the ferry.
I was told to be there by 9:45 for a departure time of 11:45 which I thought was early for a ferry but they start boarding around 10:00 then you are I n the ferry till it leaves, so that was great.
It wasn’t busy, lots of choice for seats. Drank a iceberg beer in the bar too, local craft beer, they use the water from a iceberg to make it. I will be having another one, smooth. I remembered to get myself a couple of new books too, I kept forgetting so there was a couple of nights with no internet service, I was pretty bored in the tent, just went sleep. I’m almost done the first one from the ferry ride though, no internet there.
There was cell service, talked to Todd, Yvonne, Shauna & Tonia on the trip over. Bruce answers the phone when I called Yvonne- so when he calls her to talk to me he’s like “it’s your sister, she’s on a boat on the Atlantic Ocean” too funny.
Got into Port Aux Basques around 7:00pm – it was a quick bike ride to my AirBnB – nice family, have one of the upstairs bedrooms- like one of the family-shared bathroom. Went for a short walk, cute little town.
Now to bed, ok I’m going watch Netflix- the new season on Sherlock Holmes is out.
Had a beautiful day on the bike, went off the transcanada highway onto a scenic route that goes around Bras d’Or Lake then north to Sydney. Crossed a rivers on a small ferry, should’ve turned right after the ferry but went left accidentally so I then check my GPS to make sure I was OK.
It had a root for me that was even shorter and so I kept going – turns out it took me through this logging road. kind of freaked myself out for about 45 minutes, I was little worried that I wasn’t coming out anywhere but I did and I think I got the best views of the day because of my detour.
Zoom in to see all the Sea Gulls on the top of the church.
Then back on the secondary road that I should’ve been on from the beginning. I stopped and had lunch, wonderful soup at this little restaurant. I visited with the owners and then back on the bike to North Sydney where I stayed with warm shower hosts. They had a beautiful meal made for me.
They are from Latvia, their daughters go to school in Latvia so the whole family was preparing to leave in a couple days. So it was a little busy around the house that night but I had very nice visit with them.
So still fighting this cold. Yesterday morning started at 5:30, was woke up by people packing up their motorhome, it’s a motorhome what’s to pack up!!! Just drive it away! The tent was soaked from the dew So I took a little time getting on the road but once on the road it was a nice day. Lots of evergreen covered hills, I stayed on the transcanada highway, just wanted to make time to Antigonish because I was feeling crappy still. For every fast downhill their was a slow uphill, I was slowly climbing all day. So at 3:00 I got into town, rented a room, hung the tent between to trees at back of the hotel where my room was, & went to bed. Work up a little later to walk the 200 feet to McDonalds for supper then back to bed.
Took this picture to show the red highways but it not the bright
Great sleep. Felt better this morning, didn’t rush to get on the road. Be lined it to Canso Causeway (Cape Breton Island) It is considered the official dividing line between Cape BretonIsland and mainland Nova Scotia. It was easy going – for all the climbing I did yesterday- it was all most all downhill today, I mean there were up hills up but it was all a decline so the uphills weren’t so bad. It rain the first half of the day, I got cold and started to feel crappy again. So I was thinking I’m not going to have the energy to do the Cabot Trail – then I had a brain wave – get to Sydney tomorrow and rent a car!!!! So that’s what I’m doing, made all the arrangements at the Info center. Have warm shower host lined up, the car rental place will store my bike, and now I can do the whole Cabot Trail, I’ll even have time to more hikes now, so cool. Then back to Sydney on Wednesday morning – return the car get back on the bike & catch the ferry. I so excited plus I can start back on the bike where I got off it so it not like I’m skipping kms across Canada.
After the Causeway the weather got better, sun tried to come out. Made great time to Whycocomagh.
So as I was riding today, stopped to talk to a guy that pulled up in his truck, just a really nice Nova Scotian. He said I’ll really love the Cabot Trail. Then a little further down the road I stopped to talk to a guy out in his yard working on his driveway. He told me he watch Terry Fox run by his home, that’s so amazing to have seen Terry Fox. I would have chatted longer but had a coughing fit and started sneezing too.
Overall a great day.
Still not feeling great but much better then yesterday. It turned out to be a great day to be sick because it was raining all day. Only walked to the grocery store to get some food for supper & today other then that stayed put all day.
Got on the road by 8:00, thought I’d try to make the 11:15 ferry to Nova Scotia but it was too far, missed it by 20minutes but it gave me time to do a light house -guided tour and grab some lunch. The next one was at 1:00 so not a long wait, just long enough.
Huge rum running business in PEI during prohibition
A lunch kit
Ferry ride was an hour & 15 minutes. Nothing exciting- talk to the girl at Info both and got a Nova Scotia map. So now I had a better idea where I would camp tonight, originally was going to put in a longer day but I was feeling a little light headed on the ferry so found a closer campsite on the map.
From the ferry
Good bye PEI
In Nova Scotia – my ninth province- wow- one more to go!!
Made camp and had a nap. Met a really nice couple from Texas, had a long chat with her before supper. After I kind of planed my trip around Cape Breton, not sure about the hills – kms work for out from campsite to campsite, I’ll talk to someone at a Info center tomorrow. Booked my ferry ride from Nova Scotia to NFLD for Aug 30 so I have 5 days in Nova Scotia.
Easy start to the day, knew I wasn’t going to far so no hurry. Tent was dry, first time I didn’t have to wait to dry it. I headed down to the beach, only a couple people there. It so beautiful, love the red sand, so went for a walk, the breeze was warm, let the wave wash over my feet. Felt a little lonely – would have loved to share the moment with someone.
Cycled along the shore, ate lunch at touristy fishing port, got the fish taco, very good. Visit with a few people, mostly American. Cycled into Charlottetown on the confederate trail, it was nice to have no more hills.
Riding in style
From Ashley’s-over 6000 + Vancouver Island
Check into the hostel, then downtown. Had my cows icecream and down to a restaurant with live music. Almost went to a live musical show. But it was about jilted women, its was supposed to be really funny and it got great reviews but I decided to go for a couple beers instead.
Cow’s icecream ( the island icecream)
Late start to the morning it didn’t rain but the The tent was soaking wet, I guess camping so close to the Gulf of St Lawrence. Had to hang it and let it dry.
The day was a beautiful ride, lots of Rollinghills, for every quick fast downhill there was a steep slow uphill but it was still beautiful day. Lots of little farms, fishing ports, scenery was gorgeous. The red rock Cavendish beach, absolutely gorgeous.
Stopped for brunch in Cavendish, perfect omelette. Then on to the Anne of Green Gables Provincial site. Perfect timing, walked in the gate which was free because it’s a federal site, and they were starting walking tour, the young man that was doing it was really articulate and did a really good job. I learned a lot about the actual site and lots about Lucy Maude Montgomery.
Small site but very well done, got a picture with Anne – she wanted to know if my sunglasses were special glasses for that solar eclipse. “Of course she was in character”
Finish the day with more coastal trail riding, ended up at a nice little campsite for the evening. Went into town for my big lobster dinner but there was a function going on so huge lobster restaurant was booked so I got myself some veggies and a sand which at the and listen to the music in the park.
After that I headed back to the campsite, did some laundry and called it a night.