New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017-Adventure Awaits

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ May 24, 2017/ New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017/ 0 comments

As summer approaches, preparations for our next adventure begin.  Last year’s journey was less Miltonian than some years past, but a fantastic trip nonetheless.  During our last few days together on that trip, we discussed ideas about possible future destinations and I floated the notion of an exotic excursion to a far away place… Nova Scotia.

To some, a trip to Nova Scotia is hardly a Homeric Odyssey. But, to a group of full-time employed southern boys from Louisiana (and a NOLA transplant currently exiled to FL), such a destination couldn’t be further away from both distance as well as a cultural standpoint.  Our journey will take us through roughly 6500 miles in 15 days and through some of the best motorcycle roads in North America.

Highlights include:

Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain, The Back of the Dragon in Virginia, Virginia Creeper Trail, Burke’s Garden, a return to the Gettysburg National Military Park, Acadia National Park and a quick visit to Cadillac Mountain… just to name a few on our way to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada!

Just a few points of interest in Nova Scotia will be: Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliff, the Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Hopewell Rocks, the Cabot Trail, the Strait of Canso, the Halifax National Historic Site of Canada which is one of Canada’s most visited historic sites, and was once one of the largest British fortresses on the continent. Old Town Lunenburg, Yarmouth, the Lehave Islands, Shelburne Harbor, Cape Sable Island, whale watching, and a plethora of lighthouses.

What we should expect from riding conditions

According to, The average temperature in Nova Scotia in July and August is only about 65 degrees. In July and August in Halifax, the average high temperature is a comfortable 71 degrees while the average low temperature in the city during July is 55; 56 during August.  This should make for very enjoyable riding conditions, providing the rain stays away.

This was our motley crew at the beginning of our trip last year to the Ozarks and York, PA.

Our gang this year will include most of the riders that have been with us these past few years.  Our route planner extraordinaire Jon, Matt, Trent, and Randall.  We will be joined by Jon’s wife Annette and Randall’s wife Elizabeth just before we cross the border into Canada and they will remain with us for all but the last few days of the trek home.  A new addition to our group this year is my oldest son Steve Jr.  While he has ridden with me on several multi-day trips in the past two years, this will be his first extended adventure experience.

I will once again ride my trusty ’15 BMW R1200RT and Jr will ride his “new to him” BMW R1200GS.  If there has ever been a better bike built for this sort of trip than the RT, I haven’t found it yet!  From comfort on the long haul interstate days to laying into the curves of the twistiest roads like the Dragon, the Snake, or Hell’s Canyon, the RT just does everything that you would hope it would do and still begs for more.  With mpg ranging in the mid 40’s on “aggressive” interstate days, to low 50’s in the twisties, normal range per tank is an outstanding 250-300 miles.  Jr’s GS delivers roughly the same performance but has a smaller fuel capacity, so he will be looking for fuel when the Harley riders are riding on fumes. (which has happened a time or two…)  This is not normally an issue as by the time the HD riders are looking for gas, it is time for a break to stretch the legs and get some water.

I am not sure if the schedule will allow for daily blog posts this year, but I will document the trip as we go as time permits.

More to come soon…




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