Ottawa to Sydney NS and back
I had planned my vacation time several months ago centered around attending the Cape Breton Bike Rally with some friends and relatives who are local. A few decisions later, and I now find myself wanting to move my travel trailer back to Ontario from Cape Breton. The fall out? I'm concerned that the weight of the Wee plus the tongue weight of my trailer will be too much for my truck. So I'm in the throes of trying to convince my wife to drive the truck and I will follow/lead on the bike. Then, on the way home I can scoot ahead to find decent places for her to park and turn the truck with a 28' trailer on the back.
My roughly planned stops are:
Depart Ottawa, ON (taking the HWY 30 bypass route around Montreal)
Ste Julie, QC
Fredericton, NB (overnight)
Port Hawkesbury, NS
Arrive Sydney, NS
The plan is to stop every 2-2.5 hrs for 30 mins (60 mins at the lunch break) This should work for me on the bike as well as for my wife with the three kids in the truck for pee breaks and her to get a sanity/smoke break LOL. It isn't going to be particularly exciting roads (TC Hwy the whole way until the Canso Causeway), as the need to get from point A to B will be a factor
Do any of the forum members have any suggestions regarding adjusting my scheduled stops? I've done a 600km day before, but the first day is pretty much dead-on 1000kms, so any suggestions of good places to stop rather than, or in addition to my list above would be appreciated. Or if there might be some helpful contacts along the way in the event I run into bike trouble?