TOURISTING AND RIDING DAY
Had a fun day today. Got up in decent time and Reg and Ella took me over to Eastern Passage to toodle around Fisherman’s Cove. There is a really nice little boardwalk there and a bunch of cutie little shops and eateries. We had a fun time poking around for awhile. Lots of pirate displays as Pirate Fest was starting today. We didn’t hang around for the bouncy castles or the hangover breakfast. Instead, we headed back towards Halifax for lunch. We went to Fries & Co, which is their favourite fish and chips place and it was fabulous! It was the best fish and chips I have had and a 3-piece order fed all of us and we couldn’t finish the fries. So there’s value for you!
Heading back to Reg and Ella’s, I assembled my stuff, lubed Fury’s chain and loaded everything up. With 4.5 hours of riding to do by day’s end, I didn’t rush, but didn’t dawdle either. I did take a couple of side roads just because they had interesting names. One of these was Vinegar Hill Road. It was paved, but quite rough, and eventually I ran out of pavement so I turned around and headed back. It was a lovely, rural road with tall crops of corn and cattle out in pasture. It was a pretty day, too, so all it all it was a nice little detour.
Outside of a couple of little roads like that, I pretty much just rode the rest of the day away. Crossing the causeway to Cape Breton was neat. Traffic was stopped at the steel bridge and as I watched, it turned to open the canal and let a double-masted sailboat through. Despite the delay, it was very cool to see. The day was getting pretty chilly by now, but with only another hour or so to go, I didn’t bother pulling over to add a layer. With another 20 minutes to go after Baddeck though, the road really snuggled up to the coast and the temperature dropped about 10 degress, so the last stretch was pretty darn chilly! Arrived in good time, unloaded the bike and am looking forward to a good sleep tonight before seeing some all-new road tomorrow!
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