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I left Mount Desert Island at 5:30am, on Saturday, May 26, 2012. 626 miles later, I was having supper in my room, at the North Star Inn, in North Sydney, N.S. (Cape Breton). [Do Not Ever Bother To Ride To GLACE BAY! What a waste of time!]



On Sunday, May 27th, I left North Sydney at 6:30am (EST), and I arrived, 304 miles later in, Antigonish, NS for the night. I rode through the "Highlands" and out to, Meat Cove. I camped at "Whidden's Park" in downtown Antigonish.



This morning, I rolled out of Antigonish at 6:00am (EST), and was back home on Mount Desert Island at, 2:15pm. I rode 454 miles in that time frame.



Are there photographs?

You betcha there are! I am going through 487 of them now!

Are there videos?

You betcha there are! I have some of what it is like to ride down to the beach at Meat Cove, and what it is like to ride out of that region. I also have some footage of what it is like to ride over MacKenzie Mountain, in the Highlands.

Day One - 626 miles
Day Two - 304 Miles
Day Three - 454 miles

Total Miles - 1,387.4

Detail later.
 

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Me and the wife have traveled some of the same roads. It's one of the nicest areas that we have been too. The people are very friendly and the views are outstanding. I can't wait to see your picts! :beatnik:
 

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A little more about today's ride.

This morning, after eating two granola bars, and having three "swigs" of Gatorade, I left Antigonish at 6am. 145 miles later, I arrived in Sackville, New Brunswick for a "potty stop", fuel stop, and a little sustenance.

There is a Tim Horton's, McDonalds, Wendy's, an Esso station, and a Irving station at the Main Street exit of Sackville.

I like fueling up in Sackville, because it "leap frogs" me into the US, where the price of gas is cheaper.

I had a cup of coffee, and two plain donuts.

After a 40 minute stay, I left Sackville at 9am. I arrived at the US / Canadian border, (The new, "commercial" Calais crossing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!), at 12 noon. I fueled up at the Irving Station that is located at the Jct of Rt 9 and Rt 1, having ridden 202 miles non-stop.

During the above fuel stop, I did not get off my motorcycle. I stayed straddled on it, and "jiggled" it, from left to right, to purge the air out of it. I was fueled up and rolling in less then 3 minutes.

From that fuel stop, it was 110 miles to my home on Mount Desert Island.

That is how I "roll". "Feed" the motorcycle during the day, and feed me at the end of the day. I can cover quite a bit of ground that way.

For dinner tonight?

Grilled and seasoned, pork tenderloin. Seasoned, sliced red potatoes. Sliced carrots, simmering in butter and a little brown sugar. Broccoli crowns, and sliced white button mushrooms, simmering in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Oh yeah, and a couple of glasses of, Pinot Noir, that I brought back from Nova Scotia.



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Yeah, I was blown away by the new Calais crossing last September. I wish I got a picture of the geese walking through the customs gates. Seems they don't need passports.
 

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Wife and I are doing the Cabot Trail 2up on the ST1300 in July. I'm super stoked and you are just adding fuel to the fire…:thumbup:
 

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AAARRGH!

Aren't you supposed to tell the locals when you're heading into their hood?!

I spent the weekend doing over 800Km drive the OTHER end of the province! Had I known I might've had the chance to check out one of the coolest Stroms ever Transformered (
) then I would have ventured up the other shore. C'mon BL, throw a guy a bone!

(Glad to hear it was yet another great trip. Looking forward to the pics!)
 

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Wife and I are doing the Cabot Trail 2up on the ST1300 in July. I'm super stoked and you are just adding fuel to the fire…:thumbup:
I'm also doing the trail in July, Leaving St Catharines July 23rd at 7am. My wife is flying down but I"II be taking the bike and doing the trail together. What day are you plan on leaving
 

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Black Lab, I am planning to take highway 9 through Maine, Is this a good choice
If all you are doing is, "making time", then yes. Route 9 is known as the "airline".

When I owned my Kawasaki ZZR 1200, I used to "fly" the Airline! Doing 120mph at times.

When you get to the jct of Rt 9 and Rt 1, fill up at the Irving station there. Then ride 5 miles south to the rotary, that will lead you to the "Commercial Border Crossing". Cross there.

From that border crossing, it is 197 miles to Sackville, New Brunswick; just a couple of miles short of the Nova Scotia border. It is an easy, "off / on" for fuel, food, etc.

From Sackville, it is 145 miles to Antignoish.

You will most likely hit some crosswinds once you enter into Nova Scotia. That's why the windmill farm was erected....... If it is bad enough, you can ride on the leeward side of a tractor trailer to get you through that section.

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AAARRGH!

Aren't you supposed to tell the locals when you're heading into their hood?!

I spent the weekend doing over 800Km drive the OTHER end of the province! Had I known I might've had the chance to check out one of the coolest Stroms ever Transformered (
) then I would have ventured up the other shore. C'mon BL, throw a guy a bone!

(Glad to hear it was yet another great trip. Looking forward to the pics!)
I made the decision to leave on this trip, Friday morning, while I was at work. I came home, packed up, and left early Saturday morning. There was really no planning for the trip, other then taking a good long look at the weather window. Things looked "golden" for a ride through the Highlands for Sunday morning. I nailed it perfectly. The ride to North Sydney was a "positioning" ride to set me up for Sunday. It was a long, fairly boring ride. The ride home was the same as well. The whole thing was to re-ride the Highlands and commit more of it to photographs, and my memory. I was surprised at how much I remembered from my 2010 trip there!

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Hi B.L. that is a nice bit of riding in a very short time. I have been as far as Baddeck many many years back by car. I hope to visit again sometime by bike all the way around like you. I am sure the ride was spectacular. Waiting for pics...
 

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Hi B.L. that is a nice bit of riding in a very short time. I have been as far as Baddeck many many years back by car. I hope to visit again sometime by bike all the way around like you. I am sure the ride was spectacular. Waiting for pics...
Baddeck is a nice town. I gassed up there last September.
 

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Black Lab, I would rather take a scenic route through Maine to the border. What other road would you recommend instead of the 9.
 

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Things looked "golden" for a ride through the Highlands for Sunday morning.

And it was! I'm just $hittin' on ya. It's just funny to hear you guys visiting our little corner of the world. I love playing host and love showing off our beautiful province even more. Feel free to give me the heads-up anytime you're heading our way and don't have a set schedule/route. I'll show all the best places to ride and even better places to eat! I can sit you in front of some of the best seafood you've ever seen... even though you live on the coast as well! ;)
 

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Black Lab, I would rather take a scenic route through Maine to the border. What other road would you recommend instead of the 9.
No question, route one up the coast rocks! Last time I was through, a stop at Perry's Nut House and The Maine State Prison were mandatory. There's a ton of beautiful little towns and lots of great people/locals to talk to.
 

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No question, route one up the coast rocks! Last time I was through, a stop at Perry's Nut House and The Maine State Prison were mandatory. There's a ton of beautiful little towns and lots of great people/locals to talk to.
Yea, I just finished looking at the map and route 1 looks like my preferred choice now. I'II be arriving July 25 in Sackville and staying at my brothers place. My wife is arriving Sat 28th. Maybe the Thursday or Friday we can get together for a ride
 

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Yea, I just finished looking at the map and route 1 looks like my preferred choice now. I'II be arriving July 25 in Sackville and staying at my brothers place. My wife is arriving Sat 28th. Maybe the Thursday or Friday we can get together for a ride
Yep, just shoot me a PM. Lots of great riding from there and I only live 20 min away.
 

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Baddeck is a nice town. I gassed up there last September.
My favorite town is, Chéticamp. The two times I have ridden through there, I have stopped, and have looked around, (And have fueled up at Wilson't Gaz Stop! Just past the "Detour").

And each time, I say, "I could live here. I really could live here."


I will be back.

B.L.
 

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Yea, I just finished looking at the map and route 1 looks like my preferred choice now. I'II be arriving July 25 in Sackville and staying at my brothers place. My wife is arriving Sat 28th. Maybe the Thursday or Friday we can get together for a ride
You know how you are looking at the map, and visualizing what it might be like to ride Rt 1? Be honest, you have images in your head of what it is going to be like, right?

Well, not to "rain on your parade", but SOOOOOO many other people do the same thing! They are looking at their maps, and planning their vacations to Maine. And, Rt 1 is at the top of their list, for the same reasons it is at the top of your list.

Camper, camper, camper, tractor trailer, camper, car, camper, car, car Tractor trailer, camper.

Yes, I am being a little sarcastic, but I am also not far from the truth either. You are traveling during a part of the summer, where the traffic REALLY begins to pick up, as the season proceeds to the climax of mid-August.

The last place I would want to direct anybody to ride, during the time frame you are riding, is Rt 1. UNLESS you are above the Rt 9 - Rt 1 junction.

Just my thoughts.

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I now know your window of travel. Exactly what direction are you coming from? Through Vermont, New Hampshire, or directly into Maine?

B.L.
 

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Rte 1 is okay for the first few hours of daylight in the summer, but forget it after that. It's a snail trail.
 
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