Summer 2015: Cape Breton: The Ceilidh Trail

Day 16: Port Hastings to Port Hood 46km
Friday, September 4.
Sunny with a north west wind. 23C.

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It felt good to be back on the bikes today despite a surprise flat tire and a strong north wind.

After breakfast at the B&B we dropped off the car near the tourist office and the start of the trail in Port Hastings. A fellow guest – Juan the Argentinian from Boston – stopped by to see us off.

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Just when we thought we were ready I noticed that Mom’s rear tire was flat. We pumped it up again and it seemed to hold. The first 6km of the trail have been sea swept and a sign we read yesterday warned that that section of the trail is in “hike a bike” condition. So instead, we rode on highway 19 to Troy Station and then rejoined the trail there. Not long after we got going we encountered this..

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At first I thought it was a moose chasing an ATV, but I guess they were just walking their horse. After 20km we stopped for a break.

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After another 10km or so we stopped for lunch on a bench at Marysville Station.

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The wind wasn’t letting up at all so when we arrived in Port Hood after another 16km we decided to call it a day. We checked in at the Hebridean Motel and walked over to the CO-OP to shop for our supper. We dropped off our groceries and then walked down to the beach.

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The water was cool, but it felt nice walking in the sand and Henry Island can be seen in the distance. After a long walk on the beach we found the boardwalk and walked it’s length and back.

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We were pretty hungry now and it was almost 7pm by the time we got back to our room. We could watch the sunset right from our room…

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After we ate we had some time to putter with the bikes and we’ll be ready to roll first thing tomorrow.

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