Saturday, August 6, 2011


After breakfast in Lake Placid, while we were putting our helmets on,  Kelly and Ed walked by.
It was great to see them again for the third time on our trip and we wished each other safe travels and exchanged email addresses.  You never know who you'll meet....

One more overnight

Once again, the scenery was amazing , riding through the Green Mountains of Vermont, seeing the back roads in which there are a lot of humble dwellings.  Mixed in those seemingly lonely houses were some large beautiful farms. I could see that in the smaller, unknown towns and villages people have moved out ( vacant homes and businesses), due to the economy.  One place that we noticed, a place to stop in for lunch, was a great business.
the Red Hen Baking Co. on US Route 2 in Middlesex, VT.
Red Hen Baking Company

Home made, organic foods and locally sourced products are used to make this a destination for a light, healthy lunch.
Off came the rain gear and packed away for the next leg of our journey.  Stopping in at Green Mountain H.D.
was great fun because we ran into a couple we met on the Cabot Trail.  Kelly and Ed from Barrie, On,  were making their way home too and planned on visiting Lake Placid, NY.  This was also our last stop before going home,  as it was the perfect way to round off our adventure , in the Adirondacks.
Ed and Kelly told us they would take the ferry to Lake Placid,  we hadn't thought of that option yet.  After looking at the GPS and map,  the ferry was the best way for us given the time of day.  It would take 2.5 hours to ride around Lake Champlain OR half the time taking the ferry.  So, on the boat we go....
On the ferry crossing Lake Champlain,  and the Adirondacks in the
background (loving the birds resting on the rocks). 

On our way to Lake Placid we took more back roads which landed us in Wilmington, NY, the home of Whiteface Mountain, only 20 min from lake Placid.  
We didn't know about the rugby and lacrosse tournaments going on during this week.  That was quickly revealed to us as the NO VACANCY signs were on all the motels. We just kept making our way to Lake Placid and finally an inn!
The Wilderness Inn " roughing it in style" they say.

The Hemlock was the name of our was great, everything  in it and  no one  around.
We would come back again, and really use it to it's full capacity. It was the northern version of  our cabin in Tennessee!!

I know,  who hasn't seen trees,  I just loved how high these were and  that they were our canopy at the cabin.  

Oh,  and the meal at the Wilderness restaurant....amazing, the best,  we will go there again even if it's just a day trip.

This is the patio at the restaurant, we sat in the bottom left corner.  The inside was very clean and fresh!  With a Christmas theme. 

In the morning all we had to travel to make it home was 3 hours.  We took the most scenic way home that we could and once we crossed the border we continued our ride with the country roads.

After 5072 km,  three new tires, a couple of rain encounters oh, and a lost exhaust baffle ( ask us about that one!!) we made it  home safe and sound...and it's good!!!

Hard to say "good bye" , but there's no place like home!!!

While making our way home through the White Mountains (New Hampshire), Green Mountains (Vermont) and Adirondacks (New York), internet connections were nil to none.  It could be because we stayed in smaller motels and cabins :)
Coming into New Hampshire was an amazing sky with the threat of thunder showers, but they stayed away.

The day started out perfect as Jim and I mapped out our first stop at the Bangor H.D. before going on to New Hampshire. The plan was to try to get a new rear tire for Jim's bike this was also wearing down.
Ends up the dealership is only retail and we had to find one with service.  The next closest is  Seacoast H.D. , in North Hampton N.H  supposedly only 2 hours away.  We arrive at the dealership 4 hours later,  we were thankful they could take the bike in the shop as this time of year is crazy busy. Now the service guys tell us it should only take 2 hours to fix....4 hours later we are on the road.  North Conway is where we found our place to sleep and eat. 
Great spot to stay, in the mountains...although the sign says wi-fi,
we couldn't get it!

Our view from the inn

This was on our way to the restaurant down the street, the clouds were very ominous!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Short and sweet

We were up and on our bikes by 7:30, stopped in at Tim's for a quick coffee and short breakfast then on our way to Bangor,  Maine.  The plan was to ride as far as we felt comfortable,  which ended up being all the way,  over 860 km.  Once again our accommodations are very clean, cool and comfortable , perfect place to rest up for tomorrow when we will look for the scenic route out of Bangor to New Hampshire.
The scenery today was more subtle than all our days so far...we stopped for this picture on Hwy 1/9 , half an hour from Bangor.
Hopefully we'll get to see some different landscapes...although, riding in the countryside is always calming.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cabot Trail--Cape Breton Highlands

The weather allowed us,  and thousands of others to follow the Cabot Trail without getting wet!
Today was all about our ascent and descent on the Cabot Trail through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  The route starts about 17 km from our hotel in Baddeck, NS and exits in Cheticamp,NS which is a beautiful little French Acadian Village. There are many artisan shops with crafts, quilts and home baking offered for anyone wanting a little piece of Acadian culture.  Of course,  lobster and sea creatures are on the menu at every cafe and restaurant...we kept our seafood tasting minimal with white fish variety.
From one of the  lookouts

The ocean is so beautiful...can't see it in the photo

Funny thing today was that all the people we happen to talk with were from Barrie, Ontario and a couple from Toronto...all separate places!  
The whole day was spent on the Cabot Trail,  then once we got back to base camp, Jim and I went to the laundromat , had a really delicious deli sandwich at the Yellow Cello Cafe, which was while we were waiting for the clothes to dry. Oh, then we fueled up as there is a gas shortage in Nova Scotia due to power outage at  one of the refineries in Yarmouth.  
Tomorrow is the start of our journey home through the states beginning with Maine...who will we meet there???
Today it was Jim's turn to look "fluffy" in his rain pants :)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Singing "Beautiful Day"....

This morning the sun was shining on us as we left Summerside, PEI and crossed the Confederation Bridge back to New Brunswick. What a different view than that of when we arrived in the rain. Bright was the word of the day,  and the sun stayed with us for our ride to Nova Scotia.

When we stopped for our coffee and breakfast, we ran into a few fellas from Newfoundland on their way to the U2 concert in Moncton!! They were very nice and we could barley understand the what they were saying.
Back on the road,  Jim and I  enjoyed the mountainous terrain of Hwy 104 passing Truro,  Antigonish, and on to Hwy 105  into Cape Breton , NS.  We are at the Inverary Resort  on the Bras d'or Lake and it's beautiful!! 
Our motorcycles parked in front of our room

Looks rainy tomorrow, but we are hoping to travel the Cabot Trail...if not Saturday then Sunday before heading on to Maine.  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Too beautiful for words!

The day started with cloud cover, but NO rain!!!!  Whew...we were so happy to pack up our bikes and stay dry!  We changed hotels at 11:00 am  from the west end of Summerside, PE to the east side, a 10 min drive.
Once settled in our new room, as we got ready to go to Charlottetown, we met a couple in the room right next door.  Turns out they are from Smiths Falls, On and were packing up to head back home.  A chatty but ultra friendly man,  Brian, could have been the resident tour guide! His wife, Chris is just as friendly but more reserved. I had to get a picture because we would never be able to describe what they were driving--behold the "Pinnchero".  A complete original build by Brian.