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Day 1802, Port Hawkesbury – Sydney: Goodbye New Scotland

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 20 - 2015

Distance: 131.8 km
Ride time: 7:08:37
Average: 18.5 km/h
Max speed: 50.8 km/h
Total: 42760 km

As the name Nova Scotia would suggest, there is a strong Scottish influence in this part of Canada – especially out here on Cape Breton where even some signs were now in Gaelic.

The weather had improved from yesterday, and I was enjoying a few rays of sun as I cycled along Bras d’Or Lake on my way to Sydney – no, not that Sydney, but the Nova Scotian North Sydney from where the ferry to Newfoundland leaves.

I had chosen the night ferry, thinking that I might as well spend the 8 hour crossing to get some sleep on board instead of staying in my tent. The ferry would be leaving at 11 pm, so I took it easy during the day, planning the breaks so that I would arrive in North Sydney at sunset.

As I rode into town I could see the ferry that would take me to Newfoundland – the final stage of this amazing ride through the Americas.

As I was waiting to board, I noticed another cyclist arriving at the terminal. Dan had been cycling from New Brunswick on his first bike tour, and we obviously had a lot of stories to exchange. We had both been too cheap to book a cabin for the night, but with the sleeping bag and mat I slept perfectly well on the floor as we made our way through the dark North Atlantic waters.

I’m very excited about what this final stage of America will bring. I will soon find out!

Categories: Canada
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One Response so far.

  1. I’m going to be sad to see the end of the North American part of your trip! A great way to finish it off, though. Looks great!