New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017-Day 9

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ July 7, 2017/ BMW R1200RT, New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017/ 1 comments

Departure Location: Baddeck, N.S.

Time: 0900

Weather Conditions: 62 and partly cloudy

Daily High Temperature: 84

Destination: Baddeck, N.S.

Daily Miles Logged: 138

Arrival Time: 1600

States Visited: Baddeck, Nova Scotia

We had been watching the weather forecasts closely this week as the primary objective was to ride the Cabot Trail.  Between yesterday and today, we have ridden the trail completely, both counter clockwise in its entirety and a large portion clockwise.  Our day was met with favor from God above and the weather today was absolutely beautiful.


Our building at the Invernary Resort. Evidently, we are in the older, unrenovated area of the joint as our room has numerous issues that none of the others are experiencing.

Our day started at the hotel restaurant with disappointment in the variety of choices that were offered, so Jr and I made a quick run to Tim Hortons that is just 1.6km from our hotel.  Tim Hortons is like a starbucks without the pompous pretense.  Good coffee, good breakfast sandwiches and pastries, at a fraction of the price of the hotel buffet.  Upon our return, we departed sans chase car and female passengers for the day as they elected to remain at the resort and enjoy the town of Baddeck.  Ha ha ha… oh the sights that they missed!

This sign can be seen at various points of the trail as one enters and exits its path

Rocky shoreline on the Cabot Trail


On and off the bike was the norm for the day. Stop, shoot a photo, and roll.

From the hotel, the first 40-50km are not what one would visit Nova Scotia for in terms of scenic beauty and unique topography.  As a matter of fact, one of our running jokes throughout the week has been “this looks like Virginia!” to which someone else would reply “or West Virginia.”  But, oh my, when you come along the coastline and the elevations begin to change, this is what one travels to Nova Scotia to see.

Steven Jr. taking in the majestic beauty of the Cabot Trail

Photos are inadequate to describe the grand spectacle that is on display along the Cabot Trail.  From a motorcycle riders point of view, the roadway is good along much of the trail, and fair to poor along others, while under complete reconstruction along much of the eastern side including numerous stretches of grooved pavement, gravel, to just plain dirt.  I am so thankful for the experience that we gained in our BMW performance center training last August as the skills that I learned helped me get through without a scratch.  That is not to say that there weren’t many tense moments where I was wanting the experience to simply come to an end, but I was much better prepared to face them than I would have been without the class. 

Road surfaces aside, the truly astonishing views that seem to be one right after another have no equal that I am aware of.  Changes in elevation bring you spectacular cliff vistas to riding alongside a beach where visitors are sunbathing.  We stopped along the way in several locations to observe the coastline firsthand.  We have seen beaches that are what one would normally expect like fine powdery sand, but I have never before seen a beach that is primarily composed of pebbles, rocks and stones, and large boulders.

These were my favorite beaches from a visual appeal standpoint, although I’m not sure how one would sunbathe here

The crashing of the waves along the cragly shoreline are among my favorites.  Their sound is different than that of the waves on the sandy beach.  They are more forceful, and contain what seems like more power and energy that ultimately gives way to the foamy water receding back into the ocean, only to be repeated again and again.

The band of brothers

Steven Jr takes in the sights along the Cabot Trail


This fun shot was taken at one of the scenic overlooks. The chair is bolted to a concrete slab and is said to be the perfect viewing angle for the sunset at this point along the trail.

It doesn’t get much cooler than this… At least not to a dad that love to ride

With plans to take a ride from the harbor near the hotel on a sailboat, we turned back towards the hotel and stopped for a quick bite to eat at a local joint that was not our first choice.  But since our first choice, the Coastal Restaurant and Pub, was closed we stopped at the very next place that was open.  I have had quite a few lobster roll iterations over the past few days and opted to try the fish and chips with locally caught Haddock.  This sounded enticing, but was a miserable, greasy mess of a plate of fish that would have been better off left in the ocean.  I have had better fish at Long John Silvers to be quite frank and cannot say that this is a place that I would ever recommend eating at again.

Lunch joint that would not be very high on my list of recommendations.  The name should be their instructions, at least on the fish and chips… Just Stop!

The bikes on the Cabot Trail

Sometimes you just have to park in g the grass, like when the parking lot is loose gravel

As a change of pace this evening, we decided to do a 1.5 hour sailing tour around the bay near our hotel.  The 60ft sailing vessel was a beautiful boat with a great crew that seemed to really love what they do and their interaction made the tour a real treat.  I enjoyed the information that was given throughout the tour about Alexander Graham Bell and his contributions to “putting Nova Scotia, especially Baddeck, on the map.”  They stressed “on the map” because Bell was instrumental in the formation of the National Geographic Society and there is a red star on every map produced by them because of his relationship with the Society.  Other interesting details were presented throughout the tour such as the fact that only relatives of Bell are permitted to reside on the 800+ acres of land that was once his and that a trust fund was established to care for the property, but it is running low on funds.  The home is also not open to the public and was occupied by his granddaughter until just 2 years ago when she passed at the age of 102.  His laboratory is also maintained as it was when he passed, complete with projects that were underway just prior to his death.  This is also not accessible to the public at this time.

Jr on the bow feeling like a boss

Not a great shot, but a moment nonetheless…

The route of the sailing tour

Today had everything that make a day great… family, laughs, new experiences, and the expectation for things to come.  Tomorrow we push to Digby and I am looking forward to all that awaits our arrival…


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  1. Looks like you’re all having a great trip. It’s been fun to read about it each day – great writing! Glad to see you got out sailing. I have to get better at taking time to enjoy side adventures like that on my trips.

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