New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017-Day 7

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ July 5, 2017/ BMW R1200RT, New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017/ 0 comments

Departure Location: Moncton, New Brunswick

Time: 0800

Weather Conditions: 62 and clear skies

Daily High Temperature: 82

Destination: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Daily Miles Logged: 165

Arrival Time: 1705

States Visited: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

Today was a fantastic riding day in virtually every regard.  Beautiful weather, great roads, light traffic, great sights, great eats and even better company.

We followed a route that kept us along the Acadian Coastal Drive as it tracks along the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Our first stop was at the Pointe-du-Chene lighthouse where a $9 per bike admission fee was collected.  Much to our surprise, the light house was tiny in comparison to our expectations and we left laughing about the experience.

Lighthouse in Pointe-du-Chene park. Lets just say it was more about the beach below than the lighthouse


We continued along the Acadiana Coastal Drive until we reached the Confederation Bridge.  The curved, 12.9 kilometer (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.  Jon selected the perfect spot to view the bridge from a distance which was a beautiful historic church call St. Peters’s Church at Seven Mile Bay.

RT Glamour Shot… from a distance, the bridge supports resemble the tails of whales diving in the ocean, at least they do to me…


Along the northern shore we came along the area known as Green Gables shore that served as the inspiration for the Anne of Green Gables novels.  When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting. As the book became popular around the world, it’s likely that many readers had no idea where Prince Edward Island was. They may have even wondered, “Is it a real place?” Today, millions of the book’s fans have made the trip to PEI and discovered the land that captivated Anne in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories. And for those who just can’t get enough of their favorite red-headed girl, or the woman who created her, there are Anne-related attractions all over the Island.

We were greeted by someone in the parking lot that seemed none too pleased to see a bunch of hells angel looking cats riding up in her gravel parking lot.  I guess they do not place too high of a priority on paving parking lots on the island because we were to find several more throughout the afternoon.  After being directed to the rear of the house to park in a grass field, we dismounted and headed off to explore the site where the author and her family have resided for now going on nine generations.

 

Our lunch was a little later that usual due to the later start to the day.   Jon discovered a place call the Blue Mussel right on the water with amazingly fresh seafood.  The Food Network, in ranking the Blue Mussel as #6 of 10 spectacular waterfront restaurants in Canada, writes, “Nestled in the harbor, Blue Mussel Cafe is the epitome of peace and quiet. It would be tough to find a restaurant that serves food that’s fresher or more local than you’ll find here. Like the food, the location is simple and natural, exactly what you’d hope to find off the beaten path in Prince Edward Island.”  The only real complication was the parking lot was loose gravel and was a pain in the rear end to navigate for this short stature rider.

The most amazing seafood chowder… I wanted to rub it into my skin and slather it all over me, it was that good!


Can you say Lobstah Roll…?


One last lighthouse for the day

 

Tomorrow presents a unique opportunity to travel from Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia via ferry.  Our departure will be early and there will not be time to make the hotel breakfast, but the Cabot Trail awaits.-Steve

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