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Day 7: Halifax to Charlottetown

This morning we were lucky enough to meet up with Tim Dunlop and his team from the MS Society Atlantic Division for breakfast. It was great to meet everyone, and thanks so much for the giant card and gifts. We really appreciate it, and we’ll definitely remember how you cheered us on as we left Halifax/Dartmouth.

The MS Society Atlantic Division

Brianna admiring Dad’s bike

Tim commenting on how comfortable my bike is

Lisa was worried she was going to wreck my bike somehow

Laureen and Whitney with dad’s bike

Before fully departing the area, we took an eastern shot to Cole Harbour (home of Sidney Crosby), and out to the location of Sunnyvale Trailer Park… well, at least where it was located. Looks like this wasn’t deemed a national park, or a Unesco site in time, as there is absolutely nothing left there but this fence to keep you out. Just a shame, but was still cool checking that place out while eating some chicken fingers, pepperoni sticks, and stirring my cut off 2 liter bottle drink with my hockey stick.

Sunnyvale Trailer Park… or what’s left of it.

Post Nova Scotia, we took a small dip into New Brunswick before heading over the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island. We heard rumours that it can be quite windy on the bridge, but we had no trouble as the size of the walls on the sides kept the ride smooth.

Upon landing on PEI, it was like we entered a whole new world. The landscape and houses were like nothing that I’ve ever seen before. We feasted on some massive “lobster supper” and I don’t think that I’m going to be hungry again for a few days… especially since I threw 3 pieces of pie and a strawberry shortcake on top of that 2lb lobster that I crushed.

Anne of Green Gables’ House

I cant really remember the story well, but we still decided to stop off and check out Green Gables since we were here. I had no idea that this area had been made into a national park. I guess it makes sense to preserve this though as it’s a big piece of our history. Unfortunately the information area was closed when we arrived, so I couldn’t pick up any souvenirs, but this photo will definitely suffice.

Upon returning to Charlottetown we met with Nigel Armstrong of The Guardian, and as I type this, our story has appeared in their online news.

Here are today’s points of interest:

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Day 6: Troy to Halifax

As we were at a B&B last night, we were up early to get the first shot at breakfast, and to get an early start on the day. For some reason I thought we had a super long ride to Halifax ahead of us, but once checking the GPS, I realized we had a pretty decent ride, and had a lot of time to spare. That meant that we could check out Peggy’s Cove!

My bike near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

I had no idea what I was looking for when we started heading for peggy’s cove, so I stopped right here to take a picture of my bike in front of what I thought was the best landscape that we’d be coming across… I was wrong…

Peggy’s Cove, NS

What a sight! This picture alone doesn’t do it justice, but you kind of get the picture (no pun intended, as my dad would say). Anyway, we had a good time climbing the rocks and checking out the whole area.

Here I am standing next to the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove

I couldn’t get the bikes into a good position for a picture, so you’ll have to take this picture of me next to the lighthouse as proof that we actually made it there. Yeah, that silhouette standing there is me.

While at lunch today, our server told us that her sister had been diagnosed with MS not too long ago, and then a few other people that we met at gas stations and also at Peggy’s Cove mentioned that they had siblings or relatives that had the same. They thanked us for what we were doing, and were happy to hear that we’ve raised over $12,000 so far for MS. Hopefully they’re reading this and will pass on what we’re doing to their loved ones affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand, it’s probably time for…

Monst at Peggy’s Cove

Monst decided to make an appearance at Peggy’s Cove!

Once we got to Halifax I met up with an old friend who took us to a local bar called The Maxwell’s Plum right in downtown Halifax. Best nachos I’ve ever had, and a massive selection of beers to go along with it (60 beers on tap!)

We also reached our 2000km mark as we wound along the road to Peggy’s Cove. 2000 out of 12,000 doesn’t seem like much, but it’s sure going by fast already!

Here are today’s points of interest:

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Day 4: Corner Brook to North Sydney

This morning we met the Stephanie and Kevin Boland at the Corner Brook A&W for breakfast, and we were also interviewed by local radio about the ride. Hopefully the story gets syndicated across the rock! Regardless, the exposure that we received while in Newfoundland was great! As we were getting ready to leave A&W, one of the patrons asked where I was heading. I told him across Canada, and he responded with, “I know that, I read it in the paper!” Then as we drove down the streets of Corner Brook, a guy in a work truck pulled up to us at a red light and said, “You the buy’s that are riding for MS?”

AWESOME

Stopped for a super windy photo at Table Mountain

Of course it was raining this morning, so we geared up and made our way from Corner Brook down to Channel-Port aux Basques. We must have had a tail wind with us as we rode because I didn’t notice the wind until we stopped to take a picture in front of Table Mountain. Wow was it ever windy!

We also passed the 1000km point of our journey today!

We got to Port aux Basques pretty early, so we stopped off at Tim’s for a quick lunch before boarding the ferry. We ended up having to strap the bikes down on the ferry, which we couldn’t really figure out, but the couple from Halifax and Moncton behind us showed us what we needed to do. Thanks!

Leaving Newfoundland from Port aux Basques for North Sydney

We said goodbye to Newfoundland, and this is possibly the last picture I took with my current camera setup. I dropped the camera on the concrete this morning at the hotel, and now the focus is pretty much shot. The only way I can focus on something is at the minimum focal length, so tomorrow morning I’m going to have to replace the lens. This is an unexpected cost, but thankfully it’s not the camera body itself that is broken.

The ferry was pretty long and tiring, but I managed to catch a few zzz’s. Didn’t see anything interesting out on the water, which wasn’t a bad thing because had we seen some whales or icebergs I would have been chapped that I couldn’t take any pictures of them.

We’re now in North Sydney, having an early night so that tomorrow we can:

  1. Wash the bikes. Dad has been losing it over how dirty they are.
  2. Get a new lens for my camera.
  3. Get a replacement gas cap for dad’s bike as he lost it on day 1.
  4. Ride the snot out of the Cabot Trail!

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Route Planning: Not-So-Rough Draft #2

Ok I’ve tweaked the route quite a bit from what I had last time, and I think that this will work out better. Going to be in the bigger cities on nights when hopefully we can get together with the local MS Society chapters. The distance is about 500km shorter on this plan, but it still covers off everything nicely. The links below will bring up google maps with the route. Google broke it into 3 parts…

Total Distance: 11,940km

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Route Planning: Rough Draft #1

I’ve thrown together the first rough draft of the route, which will likely be modified as I look at it more. Right now I’ve just picked a basic route, and I’ll tweak it after discussing with dad and a few others who’s input I value. As the route stands, its 12136km give or take a bit. Anyway, have a look if you have some time, and let me know if you have any suggestions! Continue reading »

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Sunnyvale Trailer Park

What visit to Nova Scotia would be complete without checking out Sunnyvale Trailer Park, the fictitious park used in the final three seasons of Trailer Park Boys? Unfortunately it looks like all the buildings have been torn down and taken away, and all that remains is part of a burned up mental hospital. Still, I think as a huge TPB fan it’s my duty to stop by with some pepperoni, chicken fingers, and maybe a cut off cola bottle drink stirred with a hockey stick.

I wonder if it’s closed off to the public?

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Cabot Trail

This isn’t as much a place to see, as a place to ride and experience. From all accounts that I’ve read, it looks like Cabot Trail is a 300km trail running through the highlands of Nova Scotia’s Cape Bretton, a beautiful, scenic loop carved into the side of mountains that rise high above the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This is off the route, but wow does that ever look like good riding!

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Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is a place that I’ve heard of many times, but really had no idea what it was all about until now. Well, I still really don’t know what it’s all about, but it looks like an unreal place that must be seen.

There appear to be a plethora of sights and activities, most interestingly the high and low tides, which are 6 hours and 13 minutes apart from each other. Imagine the image above without the water and kayakers…

I’ve come across varying opinions of where the best places in the bay are, so if you have a personal account that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. It’s obviously a massive area, so I definitely need some guidance as to where to go and what to see.

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