I ride my bike off the ferry with intense satisfaction and head for Sydney. Just inside town, two people are frantically waving and jumping up and down in a Tim Hortons parking lot – it’s my parents! I have a lovely time visiting with them in Cape Breton, especially staying at the beautiful Heritage House B&B in Baddeck (thanks Liz and Dick!).
Next I head over to Inverness where I get to know the locals at the Legion, then down the west coast of Cape Breton along a beautiful off-road trail. I visit a restaurant owned by the Rankin sisters in Mabou and the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. After crossing to the mainland, I ride hard through hills and rain to the PEI ferry in Caribou.
Distance biked in Nova Scotia: 409.3km
Total distance: 1547.3km