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If you've seen all the pictures of our Nova Scotia/Quebec trip that you want to see on the original thread (which had gotten long) here are some more ...

Once in Lunenberg … as always, first things first – Breakfast! They know how to do it here, you can see traces of a Full English in some of them, along with smoked salmon, lobster Benedict, and other treats!

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Then up and about for a mooch around this pretty place. With my ankle “hors de combat”, I found me a place on the docks and chatted with various people that walked up. The guy standing in this pic talked for about a half hour – he was a VERY “liberal” environmentalist, with all kinds of ideas about the government taking everything over, limiting the number of people there would be, going back to the land, etc. Interesting to listen to, and I’m sure he told people he found this American who agreed with him on everything. I didn’t agree with much of it; I just listened, but that’s how you do, isn’t it? I didn’t see what he drove off in ….

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Sidewalk artist painting something very artistic, I’m sure …

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Lots of colorful buildings and nice little shops –

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Lots of working fishing and pilot boats here, and lots of painting to be done:

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You could go down into some of them; they certainly have more room for people than your average USN man-of-war ship:

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Then after a couple relaxing days here, it was time for the off, to Halifax and points north to the Cabot Trail …

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While Lannis was laying low with his foot, Miss C and I took a field trip out to the small village of Lahave- south of Lunenburg.
I'd heard about a small bakery there from some guys on the BMW MOA site- and we HAD to check it out, as these small local points of interest appeal to us! Miss C wanted to do some walking, and we found a nice little private park and campground, where we paid a couple bucks, to do a SWEET little 40 minute hike along the coast! The day was truly fabulous, with more sunshine and wispy little clouds.

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The seascape features these local caves, known (somehow) as "Ovens". This trail took us along the shore where we saw some of these caves and actually went down into a couple... It was COOL, quite literally! laughing

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After replenishing our souls on the hike, we jumped back on the bike for the quest to find the bakery. We'd met a local guy who'd told us we HAD to ride BOTH sides of the Lahave River, but when we rolled in, we found there to be a cable ferry! Well, who can resist that? Not us, so we jumped aboard for the VERY smooth, & fast crossing.

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Once ashore, we parked the bike for lunch and a mooch about the small village of Lahave. I mean LAhave PROPER- forget North, West, South, & East Lahave, Lahave Moors, Little Lahave, and all the other ones we passed thru or noticed on the map! Sheesh, as nice as those folks were up there, they aren't a real imaginative bunch.... !

The bakery was GREAT!

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Just awesome with a real mellow, old-school vibe to it.

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We lingered over lunch and coffee.

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and OF COURSE we HAD to have dessert, right? It truly would have been a crime not to!

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We were free to look around and boy it was muy fab!

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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Just awesome with a real mellow, old-school vibe to it.


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That's a great sign. That's going to have to go on the list of inspirational sayings along with

1. "We gonna bust a move or kick it?"
2. "Let's get crackin'!"
3. "Everybody's Goal is to Mine More Coal"
4. "Little Panda - Taste the Best!"
5. "Mean, Hot, and Spicy!"

My, how travel broadens one!

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Originally Posted by Lannis
Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Just awesome with a real mellow, old-school vibe to it.


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That's a great sign. That's going to have to go on the list of inspirational sayings along with

1. "We gonna bust a move or kick it?"
2. "Let's get crackin'!"
3. "Everybody's Goal is to Mine More Coal"
4. "Little Panda - Taste the Best!"
5. "Mean, Hot, and Spicy!"

My, how travel broadens one!

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I was just going to post and say how much I liked that sign. I would love to find one for the garage!


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So yeah, Lahave Bakery was a highlight fer sure man!
Her are some more pix of the day out, in Lahave, up along the Lahave River and back to Lunenburg.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Cynthia had seen some bags fro sale in town- cool bags- made from previously used, and retired, sails from actual boats. we passed the shop cpming back into Lunenburg, and she wanted to stop. I was totally game, so we rolled in, to find this nice lady, working away- cutting (by hand) pattern bits for the bags. She was sitting in a PILE of old sails!

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It's the Windbag Company!

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Started by a FIFTH generation sailmaker, a woman who just couldn't bear to see the old sails go into the landfill- so she dreamed up the fantastic idea of making bags of every shape, size, and description out of the colorful discarded sails! VERY cool, and hip. They're even pretty swank- in a down-low kinda way.

Back to Lunenburg then, for our last night in town. We wanted to have some good food here, and there is at least one special restaurant- all foo-foo-ey and French- and apparently VERY expensive. Turns out, there is a second place in Lunenburg owned, staffed, and operated by the same chef! much more laid back, we opted for supper at the Salt Shaker Deli. It was fantastic. I had the scallops, caught fresh by a fishery a few doors down...

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BAM! also, some mussels, from PEI- shown in apres-moi mode:

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Lannis had an up-scale Lobster Roll:

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and we all had fun

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while we enjoyed our food and sipped more of the amazing Propellar Brewery's bitter Ale!















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Originally Posted by dirtymartini
Originally Posted by Lannis
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Just awesome with a real mellow, old-school vibe to it.


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These dudes have got 'em in any price from $20 to $300 ...

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That's a great sign. That's going to have to go on the list of inspirational sayings along with

1. "We gonna bust a move or kick it?"
2. "Let's get crackin'!"
3. "Everybody's Goal is to Mine More Coal"
4. "Little Panda - Taste the Best!"
5. "Mean, Hot, and Spicy!"

My, how travel broadens one!

Lannis


I was just going to post and say how much I liked that sign. I would love to find one for the garage!


These dudes have got them for sale, any price you like from $20 to $300 -

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Here's a few last shots from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia- a Unesco World Heritage Site:

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from the fantastic Lahave Bakery!

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Next up:
Halifax for a quick lunch, then a hard ride up to Cape Breton Island and The Cabot trail!


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Terrific trip Lannis and Tom. It brings back a lot of memories as I did the same trip many years ago. I took it two steps further, took the ferry to Newfoundland then on into Labrador. Riding through small fishing villages in Newfoundland is something I'll never forget.

Also, what's the deal with passports? Any delays at the border?

Thanks for the pics.

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Man, I love those knees! It looks just like the deck stanchion on an old wooden ship.


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Man, I love those knees! It looks just like the deck stanchion on an old wooden ship.


Yeah right? Talk about heavy duty! I loved it too, hence the piccie... I've done 30+ years as a carpenter- and have built timber frames, worked on old barns, etc.- so this stuff is auto-matic for me.


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Originally Posted by bmwr90s
Terrific trip Lannis and Tom. It brings back a lot of memories as I did the same trip many years ago. I took it two steps further, took the ferry to Newfoundland then on into Labrador. Riding through small fishing villages in Newfoundland is something I'll never forget.

Also, what's the deal with passports? Any delays at the border?

Thanks for the pics.

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I am now resolved to go back up there, as we barely got the "tip" of the iceberg of all that. More time on Nova Scotia is a must, and riding the Gaspe Peninsula, and Newfoundland, and Labrador, and.... and.... and.... aw heck with it all, that's IT! I might as well just move up there!

To address your question about the border, it was hassle free. Passport is a must, but going into Canada, we got a few questions, but the guy never even asked us to remove our helmets or get off the bike- total cake walk. Coming back thru over in New York State, we were asked to remove our helmets but it, too, was gravy. The Canadian guy asked if we had any weapons including mace or pepper spray. I replied that I was toting a Leatherman multi-tool and a small pocket knife. He didn't even blink. Lannis & Fay's run-down took a few minutes longer then we, and I think he surmised it had to do with his CCW permit?

All in all, I grade the border hop as easy-peasy.

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Last time my wife and I went thru US customs coming back from Canada, I was asked who owned my car!? And how it was that I had friends in Toronto!? I liked it when you could slow down and wave a US license.
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Originally Posted by dirtymartini
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Just awesome with a real mellow, old-school vibe to it.


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Nice pictures fellers.
You show us a very pleasant part of your country.

When American relatives of ours visit us in Holland, they allways complain there is so much history here and so little history in the US.
Next time I'll show the these pictures (except the food ones), and I'll advise them to start riding motorcycles.

Thanks for sharing. :bigt


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Originally Posted by Ger
Nice pictures fellers.
You show us a very pleasant part of your country.

When American relatives of ours visit us in Holland, they allways complain there is so much history here and so little history in the US.
Next time I'll show the these pictures (except the food ones), and I'll advise them to start riding motorcycles.

Thanks for sharing. :bigt


It's true that most Europeans and Brits who visit the USA claim that there is very little history there.

That's because 90% of them visit New York, Disneyworld, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and never see anything else ..... Tell 'em they need to get on bikes and come see the REAL USA ... as in, where we live! beerchug

On passports, the Customs guy has got the whole enchilada on you as soon as he sees your license tag. He punched in my license tag, and was instantly asking me all sorts of questions to which I knew he knew all the answers already. For example, he asked me if I had a concealed carry permit, to which I answered "yes". He kept looking at me, and I added "but it expired last year", at which time he nodded and asked me if I had any firearms on me. I said "I'm traveling to CANADA ... the answer is no ....". He then asked for our passports and made sure we weren't coming into Canada to work ... they hate that. He already knew where I worked in the USA. Friendly enough but a little intimidating to know what The Matrix already has on you ....

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Don't read me wrong here, Lannis.
It's those cousins and nephews of mine, from over that there USA side, who complained.

I'll teach'm. :bigt


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On passports, the Customs guy has got the whole enchilada on you as soon as he sees your license tag. He punched in my license tag, and was instantly asking me all sorts of questions to which I knew he knew all the answers already. For example, he asked me if I had a concealed carry permit, to which I answered "yes". He kept looking at me, and I added "but it expired last year", at which time he nodded and asked me if I had any firearms on me. I said "I'm traveling to CANADA ... the answer is no ....". He then asked for our passports and made sure we weren't coming into Canada to work ... they hate that. He already knew where I worked in the USA. Friendly enough but a little intimidating to know what The Matrix already has on you ....

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Funny, I don't recall the guy we dealt with even asking for our tag ID number... The guy we got was serious but also pretty laid back with us. A few pertinent questions (like maybe 5,6 questions?) and we were out.

As for what The Matrix "has" on you... it's exhaustive, I am quite certain. Life history, any and all criminal activity, credit score, current and past employment... height, weight, eye and hair color, shoe size... I figure "they" just know it all. Perhaps more than even we know about ourselves! laughing

If you have a driver's license, a credit or debit card, and a cell phone, then you are out there- not ONLY for The Authorities, but also anyone else smart enough to look in the right places.


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OK! Enough chit-chat. Back to the main subject: The next episode covers the distance from Lunenburg up to the Cabot Trail.

The Pre- "ramble":

Funny (ha f*ckin ha), but looking at our timetable, you know- comparing distances from point to point, etc., our original "plan" got amended, again & again, and perhaps then even again some more! In fact, the entire holiday almost immediately took on its own life as we went! It morphed, shifted and changed- you know- like a leftover dish in your fridge that you forgot. Yep, this trip wasn't QUITE "science project" material- but it WAS a good lesson in both Geography and Logistics!
We also began to build a bit of loose database as we compiled stats on each day's ride, coming to understand what we were and weren't capable of accomplishing on our daily ventures, riding from place to place.

We had originally thought we'd go as far West as Niagra Falls, but almost immediately realised that was NOT gonna happen. Then, we hoped to maybe stick more to the coast of Nova Scotia as we moved North past Halifax up onto Cape Breton Island. Remember, we'd already had a taste of Canada's "BIG" (such as they are) roadways, as we wound from the Border Crossing over to Saint John. Figuring out that it was going to be crazy not to take advantage of easy-peasy, quick-moving larger roads up there, we chose to dead-head it out of Lunenburg and hot-foot it over to Halifax. Once there, we would stop downtown for lunch. After lunch, we'd then pop back out onto the bigger roadways and ride like demons were chasing us up to the Island and towards the Cabot Trail. This became a pretty big day all totaled, and we finally arrived at a small B&B on the Cabot Trail, at about 7:30 PM- after a fairly early start out of Lunenburg! The story continues from that juncture (it aint' over til it's O-V-E-R)- but let's get on to some pix of the ride that day....

Halifax, Nova Scotia's Capitol City, was kinda awesome! We made our way easily into the city, riding thru the outskirts, and down to the waterfront. We quickly parked the bikes, and popped right into a tourist information station there! Those nice folks gave us maps and directions, and told us of a nice restaurant darn near right across the street from where we had parked! The joint was fairly jumpin, as lunch hour ensued and the city came out of the offices to seek food. Thankfully, we were slightly ahead of The Curve on our lunch order!

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Fish Chowder and a Lobster Roll, and oyster shells...

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but man- if I could have somehow hijacked that truck.....

Stay tuned kids! There's more to come on this day's adventure.


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Beautiful ships Tom. Thank you Tom and Lannis for the stories and photos! Anyone besides Ger figured out what the flag signals on the Theresa E. Connor say?


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Beautiful ships Tom. Thank you Tom and Lannis for the stories and photos! Anyone besides Ger figured out what the flag signals on the Theresa E. Connor say?


I was tipped to their meaning by a museum employee, who was kind of closing things down as I snapped that pic. I'll wait to see if anyone knows, before giving it up (HINT: I DID post "another" picture of this boat in Wade's thread, "Tom And Lannis On the Road"- where I more or less gave it away).


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