Day 23: Margaree Forks to Port Hood 74km
Friday, September 11.
Cloudy, rain then sun. E wind. 23C.
When we left the motel this morning we were officially finished riding the Cabot Trail. We left Margaree Forks on highway 19 heading towards Inverness and it started raining almost immediately. It was enough rain to get us wet, but it was warm out and didn’t last long.
In Inverness we stopped in at the CO-OP for some lunch supplies. Waiting in line at the checkout we joked about wanting to be first in line for Saturday’s “chase the ace”. Then we walked across the street for a photo in front of the legion.
After lunch at the Ceilidh Trailhead in Inverness we went into a second hand shop to look around and then into a bakery that was closed last week when we were through.
Once we started riding on the trail we were able to just relax and pedal. We were sheltered from the wind and in the shade too.
Even though we had pedaled this trail on the beginning of our Cape Breton adventure, it seemed totally new to us. The trail is mostly inland from Inverness to Port Hood but there are gorgeous river views, valleys, forests and small bodies of water.
The trail was in great shape despite the overnight rains.
The final 20km always seem to take the longest and today was no different. Thankfully the final few kilometers into Port Hood were downhill and we were able to almost coast until we came to the crossing where we exited for town.
We are staying at the Hebridean Motel again and it feels like home. Supper from the CO-OP and now we’ve got our feet up. It feels later than it actually is and we’ll try our best to stay awake until bedtime.