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Jun 22, 2015 - Cape Breton Island (North), Nova Scotia - June 2015

Our second stop was near Dingwall on the northeastern end of the island at the Hideaway Campground and Oyster Market. This campground has some spectacular views of Aspy Bay on the Atlantic side of Cape Breton. This campground offered fresh lobster and oysters. The oysters were shucked for you for your immediate enjoyment. Oyster Stew was offered a couple of time a week. We indulged in it all. The lobster several times. One night, the lobster was so fresh, it was still warm from the cooking pot. In Dingwall, the first "heritage" lighthouse...

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Aug 25, 2013 - Cheticamp to Dingwall

Day 13 Very cold start to the morning. 8C and a wind blowing through camp. We were also surrounded by mountain so no sun to warm us up. We shivered through breakfast with all of our layers on after packing up tents that were soaked from dew. Leg warmers, jackets and long fingered gloves were put on for the start. The wind became calm and the sky perfectly clear as we headed out. What a perfect day to see the best scenery of the trip! The first instruction from camp was to warm up for the big mountain crossings by turning right and going up...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Cape Breton: Cabot Trail

Day 16, August 28, 2012, Cape Breton: The Cabot Trail (5 photos) Transitioned from Ceilidh to Cabot trail today. Transition point also at entrance to Cape Breton National Park. Drive through park is a cliff-hanger, with many ups, downs and scenic views. Our views, unfortunately, were limited to rain and fog. After 15 days of sun and above-normal temps, the weather turned on us today. We continued, however, to make good use of the Cape Breton Artisan Trail Map. Sue found a few local items. Camping tonight with a (fog limited) view of Aspy...

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Atlantic Canada

Aug 27, 2012 - Dingwall

Day Sixty Eight – Aug 27 Dingwall 153k Twenty years ago I cycled the Cabot Trail with my wife to be. We were carrying all our gear. The trip made her cry on some nights because of the arduousness of the trip. I need to apologize to her for what I put her through. I can’t believe we did the trail fully loaded. Those climbs up to the top are steep. Some of the people on this tour had to walk part of the way. My wife did also but she still cycled to the top. I have a new appreciation for what she did. It would be almost 70 k from our...

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Checking the ditches

Aug 2, 2012 - CABOT TRAIL

I'm so excited, I finally have my blog caught up! Thanks to Bra D'Or Lake Campground for the great wifi! Today, even though it was cloudy, Harvey's Vagabonds decided today would be the day to do the drive on the Cabot Trail. We packed a picnic lunch and packed up Princess, because we knew it would be a long day for her. Even though she isn't a great fan of riding in the car. The Cabot Trail is a 200 mi. road that goes around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island on the northernmost tip of Nova Scotia. Most all the drive is along the...

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Aug 30, 2011 - Dingwall – English Town no map locator, just a ferry crossing

August 30 - Day 68 – Dingwall – English Town K’s 102.40 Time 4h 50m Average speed: 21.21k/H T to d 7507 A rather short but eventful ride today. There are a number of challenging hills on route that can reach grades of 12%. Nothing like North or French but they do challenge the legs after only a nights rest from those two climbs. Smokey Mountain is the signature mountain for the Cabot and it is a wonder to bike but much easier when ridden from a clockwise direction which we did. The climb does have some steep grades earlier but the major...

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Aug 29, 2011 - Lake Ainslie – Dingwall

August 29 – Day 67 – Lake Ainslie – Dingwall (Cabot Trail) K’s 148 Time 6h 32m Average speed: 22.64k/H T to d 7404 By morning the rain seemed to be over but the wind off the lake was very strong. It did seem that if you got away from the shore a bit that the wind was less severe. Decision time, ride the Cabot Trail or not. Some were very worried about the wind and rain and were adamant that it was unsafe to ride but Fred, Terri and I just had to give it a try. We decided to leave camp early, just after 7am after having only a cold...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Cabot Trail

Day long bus tour around Cabot Trail. The majority of the trip was in a national park along the coast line. We stopped at St Peters Church and various scenic pull offs along the way. In some of the channels between the islands they have constructed locks to slow down the tidal current. Lobster and crab fishing is a big part of the economy here. This location is the farthest point on our trip and we are making plans for trip back home. We have 2 more days with the group and have enjoyed the experience. One can put together a trip like this...

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Steele summer 2011

Jul 24, 2009 - Week 8 Nova Scotia still :(

Tuesday, July 21: Wow! Sunny skies and a delightful temperature as we departed Miramichi, New Brunswick. The Moose signs were still too frequent for this alert rider, however, and I was glad to get near a town. As we approached the bridge for Prince Edward Island (PEI), the sky was threatening with rain and evens spat on us, but we did not need the rain gear. Once on PEI, Jeff led us straight to a quaint restaurant which served the famous PEI mussels. We shared 1 1/2 pounds of these gourmet delights, fresh from the local water and I was a...

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Aug 27, 2008 - 68 Dingwall

It was the best of days; it was the worst of days. Most riders agreed that this was the toughest day of the tour, but also one of the best. It was the first day that I took my tent down in the rain. I started the day in full rain gear: helmet cover, rain jacket, rain pants, and boot covers. It was the right choice as the headwind was quite strong, driving the rain into our faces. As the day heated up I shed the pants and helmet cover and later the rain jacket. After a few hours of riding I stopped in Cheticamp for lunch at an Acadian...

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Jul 4, 2008 - The Cabot Trail - Amazing

Today we headed for Cape Breton Island. The drive up the Cabot Trail is stunning. We had amazing weather and were so lucky. This is definitely like Scotland – weather too. We had lunch in the village of Cheticamp which is most acadian. Lots of buildings are painted red, white and blue and we drove along listening to the acadian radio station. It has definitely been amazing to find out about the French speaking culture here and discover that French is not simply confined to Quebec. We have seen numerous acadian flags. We were reminded very...

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Sep 23, 2007 - Cabot Trail

These pictures are from our drive on the Cabot Trail yesterday. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. As I write this, I am listing from port to starboard, slowly, as the Leif Ericson does the same. We are taking a six hour ride to Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland. Minnie, surprisingly, is doing great. She is in a little kennel relaxing on her blanket. There is only one other doggie on this trip, a beautiful Husky named Tara. She is 13, but looks like she's only two. Tara howls like a seal to get out of her kennel, but Minnie is...

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