Larry's River, Nova Scotia, CANADA
i think from Lunenburg, we can spread out to Halifax and catch that east side with the Annapolis valley and all that? in a day trip or two? i am certain we'll want to do a whale watching trip in thereat some point. another member of this forum has sent me a couple PMs/emails with some good info, including an outfit who does whale watching tours on a mid sized boat.
it looks like we will spend several days in the area - Between the peninsula and then Cape Breton Island- before more or less
dead-heading it over to Old Quebec City. seems we are thinking it'll be sometime in June right now. i'l try to remember to PM you before we leave and give you my number, email, etc.
with any luck we can milk this thread until then!
i figure two rock solid days over to Quebec. think we'll cross the St Lawrence at Matane and ride down the north side of the river. unfortunately there's a time constraint, and we just can't do it all.
we're *settling for* several days in Nova Scotia, and a couple nights in Old Quebec City. Missing the Gaspe Peninsula will give us a reason to come back up sometime!
thanks for the heads up tho. i appreciate your input.
thanks for the info!
Do plan to spend lots of time in NS and a couple of days in Quebec. I always take HwY 7 from Ottawa to Hamilton instead of the 401. If you are going to take that route, let me know and I'll route you from Peterborough to the 407--the most expensive toll road in the world, but it does get you around Toronto. Plus the toll cameras often have trouble getting the license plate on a fully loaded bike (stay to the side of the road but not on the shoulder (too much garbage--the toll is cheaper than new tires) and go fairly quickly past the cameras. If I'm home when you are coming through, you are welcome to stay at my place near Hamilton. I know the good road from Hamilton to Niagara Falls and can show you around the Falls as I was born there.
thanks! i appreciate that info, and your gracious offer. unfortunately (depending on how you view it) we are going to skip going to Niagra Falls this time out. we have a time constraint, and have decided that Niagra Falls/Toronto should just be another whole trip... the area is only about 6 or so hours from home, and i always wanted to go to Toronto for a few days anyway.
instead we are going to just make Nova Scotia our primary focus, then definitely spend a couple nights in the Old City of Quebec. if you know anything about Old Quebec, that information would be most helpful.
Cheers, and thanks again!
Have a great day.
The "plan" is coming together for our trip. So far we are booked into hotels in
Bar Harbor, ME - Highbrook Motel
Saint John, NB - Chipman Hill Suites
Lunenburg, NS - Smuggler's Cove Inn
Couple questions so far:
turns out there are only TWO ferries from Saint John to Digby- 12:00 noon & 14:00 (2:00 PM). Is it worth the wait or should we go around by land onto the peninsula? We have the Lunenburg hotel booked for the night after Saint John. We thought we'd take the ferry and ride the south coast around to Lunenburg making it a full day, but now, not so sure.
We are thinking we'll go from Lunenburg where we actually booked three nights
(tho may stay only two) up onto the Island to ride the Cabot Trail. Haven't booked any lodging up there yet- thinking we'll ride and choose a place each evening as we go.
Do-able? or not?
Ride Around: 308 miles to Lunenburg. Leave early and arrive in 4-5 hours. You could be there before the ferry sails eh?
stop in Chester for the best pub food in the oldest pub in Canada (maybe): http://www.focslechester.com/
PM for more info if you like. - Bob
Larry's River, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Great place, decor straight out of 1955, clean, very reasonable, family run, nice people. Was there this past Sunday.
Best breakfast in Bar Harbor is a tossup between 2 Cats and Jordan's Restaurant. JR is more traditional. Both are reasonably priced. I often choose by what time I get up. 2 Cats opens at 7, Jordan's opens at 5.
Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 And DRAT! Missed the last one in 2015!
Thanks! too late for the Motel we are booked into the Highbrook, but will definitely look into the restaurants you mention.
Getting closer, we leave this coming Friday 6/8.
Got home last night. 3100 miles and lots of smiles later. The trip was fantastic, and I'll post some pix later. Highlights:
Rides & roads:
Cadillac Mountain (Maine)
Kancamagus Highway (New Hampshire)
NY rte 14, Geneva to Watkins Glen
Village Diner (top of Delaware Water Gap rte 209 Milford PA)
Two Cats (Bar Harbor ME)
Britts Pub (Saint John)
Salt Shaker Deli (Lunenburg Nova Scotia)
Lahave Bakery (Lahave, NS)
Matto (Old Quebec)
Toast! (Old Quebec)
Highbrook Motel (Bar Harbor ME)
Maven Gypsy B&B (Cabot Trail)
Motel Au Vieux Fanal (Riviere Du Loup, QC)
Hotel Le Priori (Ole Quebec City)
Finger Lakes Region (New York State)
L' Epopee de La Moto vintage Moto Museum (St-Jean-Port-Joli, QC)
Propeller Ales of Halifax
Their Bitter is by FAR, one of the best beers I've had in a long while.
Certainly THE best ale of the entire trip, tho I did have a nice ale in Saint John, at Britts...
I'll have to study on it to recall what it was, tho...
bought two small bottles (airline size) of the 10 year old Glen Breton scotch at the Glenora Distillery.
We enjoyed them very much. :
Last edited by ricochetrider; 06-21-2012 at 01:16 PM.