Caroline enjoys camping and riding her motorcycle and we've been having fun since 2019 camping and riding together. Last year we stayed at a lovely little campground on the Sunrise Trail in Nova Scotia that sits on a body of water called Linwood Harbour adjacent to McCall's cove near Havre Boucher NS. We enjoyed the experience so much that she thought to invite her son and his friend to join us for a camping only weekend. We'd ride, they would arrive in the cage, but we would stay at Hyclass Campground just for the camping experience. It was fun, and we thought it worth repeating this year as well.
|Now that's a fire!
This year Caroline picked the 11th and 12th of September to reserve the campground, but as she needed to sign up for a welding course she will be taking this fall, she had to be in Summerside while the boys headed to Truro to dine at Taco Bell, a simple matter of driving 2 hr 40 min (234 km) to Truro NS for this, then why not add in a stop in New Glasgow because it's on the way?!
|Day 1 - Charlottetown PE to Linwood NS
Day 2 - Linwood NS to Charlottetown PE
630km, 9.5hrs approx.
Day 1 - Charlottetown PE to Hyclass Campground, Linwood NS - Drive 354 km, 4 hours, 28 minutes
|Charlottetown PE to Linwood NS
along the Sunrise Trail and Rte 256 NS
It was cooler today than much of the summer, and I had done up all my vents in my leather jacket back at the gas station, but the breeze was ever so chill on my knees, and I sort of relished the colder air, as we'd had quite a hot summer this year, when it wasn't raining. Murray Corner awaits!
|Murray Corner, Little Shemogue, Port Elgin, then Tidnish Bridge
and onto the
This little route of ours is so much nicer than queuing up behind a tractor trailer or an RV heading west on 16, one right after another, with cars packed in so you aren't able to safely pass, and have to follow like sheep. Baaaaaah!!! Sure this route adds a few more miles, but they are quality sMiles.
We followed the Sunrise Trail until I whinged to Caroline that I would appreciate a lunch stop at some point before we hit the campground itself. She is adept at skipping meals while riding, so it's my job to suggest that we stop before late afternoon turns into an early supper. lol. That worked out well as she wanted to stop in Wallace at McMahon's restaurant to see why their parking lot was so large. The East Coaster burger was appealing, as was their large selection of diet soda. I was pleasantly surprised that I could enjoy a diet ginger ale as opposed to the usual diet cola, and Caroline wanted to add a side of potato salad to the order as well. Fine by me. We placed our order at the take out window, and retired to a picnic bench to chat up some fellow riders that were out enjoying the weather and roads.
|McMahon's family restaurant
as seen from Balmoral Road
|The sun sets over Linwood Harbour, Nova Scotia
Quadlock cell phone mount (highly recommended by our friend Mikayla B.) for her motorcycle for Christmas this year to encourage more behaviour like this. Lol. Full tank of gas, time to kill, lets go explore!
This is what I woke up to in the morning, Caroline peeping out from her hammock wishing me a good morning in return. I'm still amazed that there were no bugs nor any rain last night. Lol. I'm not brave enough to sleep under the stars. I'm sure I'd be eaten alive or wet come the dawn.
|Let's get this breakfast show on the road!
Daniel and Shamus love the No Frills Smoked Bacon Hashbrowns, and our whole morning was going to be a leisurely breakfast featuring them, along with cheese, and some extra bacon.
|Daniel and Shamus love this stuff
|We're on track for breakfast!
Come back in an hour or two!
I'm kidding, it was more like three hours... :P While the boys made breakfast, I retired to my picnic table to get a brew up going, tea for me and hot water for Carolines AeroPress coffee maker.
|The D-Power stove
The Lixada 750ml titanium mug with lid
The butane to lindal valve adapter
A 227gram butane canister
The MSR stowaway 1.6 L pot and lid
A melted and useless piezo igniter. **Sigh
I've used this setup for a few years now, pretty much the season after Caroline joined me and became part of my misadventures. Last night when we where cooking up the hamburgers, the wind was a bit brisk and I used the windscreen to shield the stove. Well it got so hot in there and under the fry pan, that it crisped the piezo igniter, and it is sadly no more. I'll have to bring along a lighter for this stove now. It gets bumped back to backup stove and it's replacement will get used for camping in 2022.
|Our after lunch saunter through Nova Scotia's highways and byways.
From Guysborough all the way through to Greenwood NS 316 is a bit of winding lazy magic. I'm hoping we can add this in to more of our riding plans for this area. Have you ever retraced your route going the opposite way? It's a whole new road with new challenges. :)
All too soon we found ourselves back in civilization and hit the highway on the other side of New Glasgow where you get funneled onto the NS 106 if you are heading to the Ferry. We skipped out of the queue and filled our tanks and stopped for coffee at the Pictou Tim Hortons, then headed the long way through the center of the town on West River Road, that changes to Denoon Street, which changes to Beeches Road, and later on Three Brooks Road before it joins up with the Ferry terminal again. lol. It struck me as the same road the whole time.
|One of the hogs had a hood ornament on his beer box. Lol.
A flying pig
|She's a bit tired today.
|Can you see why I love her? Such beautiful eyes.
And she rides a Kawasaki...
And after an hour or so, we were back to our island, and homeward bound. Yes, they let us board first, and exit first on the ferry. I think Caroline and I were the first to arrive in Charlottetown of that whole passenger list. ;)