Last Port on the Trip
19.09.2013 - 19.09.2013 68 °F
It does get cold in the mornings here! We got up early and made the earliest exit to date, around seven thirty. There was a lot of fog to make the early part of the ride a bit freaky. My glasses kept fogging up so I just took them off. When you're dressed like Nonook of the North, it is quite a sight. We took the 215 and once the sun had burned away the fog, we were again amazed at the gorgeous. Views the awaited us around every turn. I have been on many coast highways where you really do not see that much water. This coast road provided us with endless views of the Bay of Fundy, beautiful farms, inlets, and mountains and valleys. When we crossed the bridge in South Maitland from where we saw the tidal bore the other day, the fog/mist was so dense, we had to stay very close just to see each other! But then, the fog lifted. We stopped at Burncoat, where there have been the highest Reported tidal changes in the world: 40-50 feet. We walked around, and though no one was around and the information center there was closed, it was well worth the time. The views were stunning; we were able to walk down to the rocks. You could see the tidal marks and just imagine what that must be like. The steep drop off edges provided us with yet another vertigo moment!
After close to an hour, we forced ourselves back onto the cycles and took off. We went through a beautiful community called Grand Pees and stopped at a coffee shop called "Just Us." Had great coffee and hot chocolate, plus our new found delicacy, oat cakes. We had
lEft the 215 and we're on Route 1. This was also a scenic road, but was also taking us through larger towns with those dreaded stop signs, traffic lights, and actual traffic. After awhile, we gave up and got on the highway. The 215, and other roads like it here, have neither stop signs nor traffic lights, and, as I have said before, except in Halifax, we really have not experienced traffic. Even the highways in Nova Scotia provide the rider with great scenic views. On this stretch of highway, we began seeing many more fellow motorcyclists, and the temperature had really warmed up. Went alongside some mountain ranges, and discovered my gps gave me elevation. We got off the highway at Annapolis Royal, another quaint and gorgeousg community by the sea. And then, we arrived in Digby. What a beautiful harbor with salmon farms, seals, lobster and scallop boats, and of course, the ferry. There is even a boardwalk. We parked, and again I realized that I had once again established myself as a rather unusual H.O.G. Rider. I had ridden this entire day with a bag of Toastitoes bungeed on the back of my luggage -- must have given the other motorcyclists a refreshrng pause! We parked our cycles and explored the town. Had lunch and went into several shops. Got Nova Scotia T-Shirts for the grand kids. So the headquarters of the annual Digby Wharf Rat Motorcycle Rally, which Harley promotes. They had close to 40,000 cycles this year. Huge event. Then we went to our Inn and found it is but three minutes from the ferry. Really gorgeous view of the bay from our window, and the dining room servesd a great dinner. Tomorrow night, I will taste what Digby is world famous for: Digby scallops!
We are tired. Probably will take it easy tomorrow . One cannot see everything in Noca Scotia there is to see in one visit. Have truly discovered that motorcycle traveling is different than automobile traveling. Have reall,y loved it, but should have set it up for more off-cycle time. We have only had one day completely off the cycles. Should be another great weather day tomorrow.