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Day 4 - Cabot Trail

We head out early this morning...







...morning shadow pic...








for the "World Famous" Cabot Trail. The actual CT is about 185 miles, and it is a loop around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.








Here we are!








What a fantastic start...







...with some amazing views...







...on a perfect riding day!







Stunning...






as we ride alongside the lake...






...a look back.

 

Between the curves...






...in the road, and...






...fantastic scenery...







...this day is shaping up...






...to be one that memories...








...are made of!






Mary caught some good pics...






...of this eagle flying alongside the road.







We're past the lake now, headed inland a bit...







...and it is a FUN road!

 

 

This ride on The Cabot Trail is shaping up...






...to be one that will be remembered for the fun road...






...and the amazing views!






Neither is better...







...they both are...







...Great!!!







A look back...






...and a look ahead...






...we're almost at Ingonish...






...a small harbor town...

 

 

Ingonish is a town sitting in an inlet/harbor...






..it is amazingly picturesque as we ride up the other side of the U shaped inlet to the main town area.







Soon after Ingonish we are going to be taking a gravel road up to Mary Ann Falls.

Before doing that we get some fuel and then ride down to a rock beach for a bit.






Wow!







Texting with the shop, taking care of some business items.






Time to head out...







Back rolling for a few miles on some fun road...






...headed for the 7km gravel road...







...that is mostly smooth, but does have a few potholes...






...here and there...

 

 

...and a big one! It rained last night, so the low spots are full of water.






We made it! Mary Ann Falls.






It's a short walk to the falls...




...a beautiful spot in the middle of the woods...






...we enjoyed about 30 minutes here...







...looking around a bit...







...before heading back across this rotting bridge...






...to where the trike is parked. Now for the gravel road ride...







...back to where the TG is...







...more at home...the asphalt!

 

 

Back rolling on the asphalt...







...it's not long before...







...we come to Lighthouse Road...






...and a Lighthouse! A reminder of just yesterday & our tour of Lighthouses on PEI.






We didn't even get off the bike. Took in some of the views...






...and then we're back rolling!







We're cutting across the northern...






...tip of Cape Breton...






...headed west...







and climbing!

 

 

This road is a blast to ride...






...I don't know if is always like this...






...it is VERY WINDY. Gusts easily up to 40 mph, probably more...






...but a great road surface, great scenery, and fun, fun, fun!






Another look back...







...and ahead, to more curves!







We're getting close...







...hey, look, a little waterfall...






...to the northwest...






...coast of Cape Breton!

 

 

Headed down from the Highlands...






...the views and...







...the road are stunning...






...the pictures don't do them justice.







We come upon some construction. Guys up the side of the hill jackhammering rocks that are breaking loose and tumbling down, being caught by steel mesh before entering the roadway. Crazy!








Headed south now...







...along the west coast...







...a quick look back...






...as we ride this amazing road...






...back toward sea level.

 

 

At sea level again...






...I had a feeling this morning...






...that today was going to be...







...one of "those" days that lifetime memories are made of...







...The Cabot Trail has not disappointed.







Fantastic views...







and superb riding!







Headed toward Cheticamp...







...where we got some gas and Mary did a little grocery shopping.






Back heading south, still along the western coastline.

 

 

There is a bit more coastline...






...before we turn inland/southeast, back toward Baddeck.






This sign caught my eye...






Myles from Nowhere. Two old buildings, full of old stuff. Myles, the proprietor, was an interesting guy to talk to. Mary picked out a few things for gifts, and for our home.






We're back rolling...







...toward Baddeck...






...no snow this time of year...







...looks like we'll be on time...






...for our dinner plans with Jerry, J. Carolyn & Dave.

 

This is the view across the street from their motel-






Jerry & J. Carolyn live about 40 miles from Mary and myself. Earlier this year, Jerry and I were both planning a trip up to Nova Scotia (unbeknownst to each other).

After we had both mapped out our trips, we found out that the other had been planning similar trips. We compared notes and realized that we would both be in Baddeck at the same time for about 16 hours...that was the only overlap.

So dinner was arranged.

Dave, a friend of Jerry & J. Carolyn took this photo. L-R Jerry, Mary, Kevin, J. Carolyn






On the two Tri Glides and...







...one Ultra...







...we all made the short trip to a great local restaurant...







...where we all enjoyed a good meal and swapping stories!







As the sun was setting, Mary and I rode the 4 miles back to...







...our home on wheels.





What an amazing day!

Tomorrow we take the 17 hour ferry ride to Newfoundland Island!!!

 

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