June 14, 2004 GMT
(10) The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Isl.

Saturday June 12 2004

When people talk about Cape Breton Island they automatically talk/ask if you have been on The Cabot trail, there is a good reason for this.

It is not to be missed and one of the highlights of The Maritimes.

The landscapes, mountains, forests, Nat'l Parks, fishing villages, hiking, whale watching, amazing ocean views, rocky jagged cliffside roads, you have to experience it to appreciate it!

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I enjoy my stay in Pleasant Bay at Cabot Trail Hostel, the owner's name is Jeff.
He is very helpful & has lifelong knowledge of the area, stay with him and enjoy other travellers company from around the globe, another highlight of the Cabot Trail.

I spend the day exploring and taking some excellent photos of the area.

Once back at the hostel there are other friendly travellers, hikers to talk with over dinner and join in together on the beach for sunset and a bonfire.

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A good ending to a cold, windy day.

Sunday June 13 2004

Today I drive the rest of the Cabot Trail.

Make sure you deviate off the main road to see places like Meat Cove (gravel road), White Point & Neil's Harbour.

You will be glad you did, so amazingly beautiful, you will be very happy to take the extra time & kms. to see these places.

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I continue towards Sydney, then to Baddeck, where I enquire about ferry times to Newfoudland.

I have to say hi and thanks to Shyla and her Mom for the help with the ferry times.

The first booking I can make for the ferry to Newfoundland is on Monday at midnight, I make the booking and drive to Louisburg, south east of Sydney that is famous for the old historical fort of Louisburg.

I set up camp at the local campground on waters edge in Louisburg.

Monday June 14 2004

Today is spent taking my time back along the coast towards Sydney when I catch the midnight ferry to Newfoundland.

I explore the city some, relax and stock up on some supplies for the ferry ride.

While waiting for the midnight ferry from North Sydney I meet a lobster fisherman named Emanuel Leamon, a very nice man who tells me quite a lot about the fishery here and in Newfoundland, as he is originally from Newfoundland.
We talk for a couple of hours and then I drive to line up for the ferry to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.
I have always heard so many good things about Nfld. from other motorcyclists & travellers, I am very much looking forward to my trip here.

The one thing that every person has warned me about is to be careful on the roads, there are many moose in Nfld, I will arrive in Newfoundland in 6 1/2 hours.

Posted by Jeff Nicholls at June 14, 2004 12:59 AM GMT
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