15.09.2013 - 15.09.2013 70 °F
We jumped out of bed at 6am, our earliest awakening time on this trip. Had eggs, tea and oatmeal in the chalet. Loaded the cycles and were set to go before eight. Then, the gravel finally won, and I dropped my bike. A very nice man was coming out of his chalet and helped Linda and I lift the Road King. Unreal. Off we went, very carefully, and hit drizzle for awhile. More distracting was it was cold. Had to stop to put on my big jacket, and I already had a short-sleeved shirt, a turtle neck, my long sleeve Harley shirt, and my vest on plus my big cycle jacket. We ran into some light rain as we were cycling off Cape Breton Island. We crossed the causeway and the rain slowly stopped. We did take time to snap a couple of pictures, and then off to Truro, via highway.
Linda was in the lead, wearing her pink rain top--very easy to follow! Of course, her soft lead foot was a bit tougher to stay up with (she claimed she was racing to get out of the cold). We passed through Antigonish, home to relatives of our dear, recently departed friend Frank McGillivray, and we raised a hand to honor him. The ride took us four hours.
By the time we arrived in Truro, the sun had snuck out and the temperature had made it to seventy. Had. A bit of difficulty in finding our Inn, as when the GPS told us that we had arrived at our destination , we were in the middle of a residential neighborhood with no Inn in sight. We went back and forth several times, and finally stopped at a Super Motel 8 to ask directions. We got them and finally arrived at The Tidal Bore Inn. At first blush,
we were a bit taken aback by the physical appearance of the place, especially as compared to our previous lodgings. However, we have learned to "not judge a book by its cover," so, we drove in and met the owners. They turned out to be really nice and tremendously helpful. They have been extremely responsive and we have decided to remain here an extra night.
Once we had unloaded the cycles, we decided to visit Victoria Park. This 1000+ acre park is right in Truro, and has two water falls, many hiking trails, brooks, beautiful flowers, ball fields and is a fantastic natural resource for the community. We saw the falls; watched a teen jump from above them into the basin below (frowned upon by authorities, but incredible to watch) and climbed the famous Jacob's Ladder (780 steps straight up a steep hillside). This last tout at aging stupidity just about did me in! We got back on my cycle, returned to the Inn, and calapsed in bed, not even arising to eat dinner. But the Park was a delightful visit! Tomorrow, the tidal bore, if we can walk.