Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nova Scotia

The time has come for my annual bike trip. After some discussion, it was decided that the Province of Nova Scotia would be our destination. I will be traveling with my good friends Luc and Zal. Luc and I have traveled together the last two summers, Gaspe/Quebec City (2010) and the Magdalen Islands (2009) and many short rides in the local area. Zal joined us last summer for the Gaspe/Quebec City ride with his FJR 1300...he is an excellent person to ride with too.

Our route is as follows and the plan is subject to change as you can never be sure where we might end up.

Day 1 - Fredericton, New Brunswick to Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia via the Sunrise Trail on the Northumberland Coast. Riding distance - approximately 506KM.

Day 2 - Tour the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. It has been along time since I have toured the Cabot Trail and I can't wait! We will end up in Sydney, Nova Scotia (my Grandfather's birthplace) for the night. Riding distance - approximately 420KM, we plan to take our time and really enjoy the day!

Day 3 - Visit the Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site. I have been to the Fortress twice before and it is a must see place...I am sure Zal & Luc will enjoy. From there it will be on to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the night. Riding distance - approximately 460KM.

Day 4 - Travel the Evangeline Trail through the beautiful Annapolis Valley. This part of the trip will be very special for me as I was born in the Annapolis Valley, have lived there on two separate occasions and have not been back for many years. We will probably end up in Digby, Nova Scotia for the evening, home of the world renowned "Digby Scallops"...I hope we get a feed of scallops! Riding distance - approximately 250KM

Day 5 - Catch the Princess of Acadia Ferry from Digby, Nova Scotia to Saint John, NB and travel back to Fredericton. This day is subject to change and the plan is tentative.

Total approximate distance - 1756KM. As in past years, I will be posting pics and blogging about the trip as I have in previous years.