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i have 4 days in september. would love to do the cabot trail this fall.

the way i figure it, it'll take me a full day to get up near there, i'd have two days to screw around, then a full day home.

the two traveling days look to be 600-700 mile days, 12 hours or so of saddle time.

first question, is this silly? next year i'll have a russel saddle and can probably arange 7 days or so to travel and camp...

second question, what's the best way to get up there? one option is to run up the slab along the coast

2nd is to travel through vt, nh, and maine on major 2 lane roads

3rd is up 87 into canada, over on the trans canada highway (bit longer, but maybe a better ride? don't know the route...)

any advice appreciated.
 

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If I had to do it with those time constraints I'd go cross NE, and enter Canada at Calais/St. Stephen. From there, Moncton is not far, then you can cross into NS via Amherst. Last year riding two-up, we went from Moncton area (actually Bay of Fundy area) to Pictou in one day, because it was raining all day, then Pictou to Port Hawkesbury (another short ride because it was raining all day) Then one day to go around the loop of Cape Breton.
I'm not adverse to 600+mile days, but I don't think they are possible once you get to NS.
Maybe use your 4 days to go to Gaspe Bay, North of Quebec and save the NS trip for when you have the 7 days to enjoy it.

Chris in Boston
 

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At that time of year you may experience very cold and also wet weather. I would go up through Vt Nh & Ma. and see how the trip goes, time wise. Slab is just slab.:thumbdown: There are ferrys that cross into the South of NS too.
 

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Agree that 4 days is not enough.

I've taken the St John to Digby ferry and it would be good if you intended on exploring the Bay of Fundy side of Nova Scotia. If you want to hit the Cabot trail, I think the ride up is more direct and has less waisted time waiting on Ferries. The ferry would only move you east, so all of the North travel would still need to be ridden.

I would agree that 4 days ins't enough time to visit the Cabot Trail. I think you would need at least 5, since two travel days are needed each direction.

The Hopewell Rocks area is really nice, and that could be done in your four day window.

I just returned from there last weekend and it was a great visit. Consider going up via the Calais crossing but returning using Dear Island ferry to Campobello Island. It's a lot nicer, the first ferry is free and the second one is about $12. It's also nice to not have to retrace your route up. If it works out for you there is a campground on Dear Island where the Campobello ferry leaves from. I haven't stayed there, but Dear island is really photogenic.
 

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