Just Four Days Left

Wheel full 70px I spent last night at Clark’s Harbour on Cape Sable Island off the very southwest corner of Nova Scotia.

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Wheel full 70px If you look along the bottom of the map the town is about 1/3 of the way over from the left.  That dot and the island it is on is just about as far south in Canada as you can go outside of the Province of Ontario.

Wheel full 70px I don’t know why other than that I have always loved maps  but the name “Cape Sable” is one of those I recall from my childhood that made the world seem like such a mysterious and inviting place.  The reality, going  on 60 years later, is a little more mundane-  a place of small weatherbeaten saltbox cottages along quiet lanes and the curve of deserted beaches with the open Atlantic just beyond.

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Wheel full 70px But it’s all wonderful nonetheless.  I’m glad I’m here.

Wheel full 70px As I noted at the start of the post I’ll be leaving Nova Scotia in four days, catching the ferry across the Bay of Fundy- another childhood name- for St. John, New Brunswick at Digby.  Then in a couple more days I’ll be back in the United States in Maine.  It will be sad to leave the Maritimes behind, but I’m excited by what lies ahead.

Yesterday’s Ride

Wheel full 70px Just so you don’t think I’m hanging around hotel rooms eating donuts…

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Wheel full 70px I had the best ride of the trip yesterday.  The weather was gorgeous, the wind was reasonable friendly, and the hills… well, two out of three aren’t too bad. I hope to be doing 50 mile/80 km days by the end of the week.

Wheel full 70px I’m going to start checking my tires every other day.  They should run at 90 psi, but each was down to around 65 or so after the last six days.  Full tires really… Duh!… make a difference.

Wheel full 70px I continue to take many photos, of which this is a teaser.

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Wheel full 70px We’ll sit around a campfire soon and I’ll do a slide show.

Weigh-in #9 – Back Up to 333

Wheel full 70px Well, it looks like the hot streak has ended.

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Wheel full 70px My weight’s back up to 333 pounds/just over 150 kg, which is where it was two weeks ago.  I’m not freaking out, mind you.  It’s likely that there’s enough variation between scales where neither this week’s result nor last week’s was on the money.  I’m pretty much religiously counting caloric intake on MyFitnessPal [linkie] and, to the extent my expenditure of calories when I am riding as calculated by RidewithGPS [linkie] is even remotely accurate, I am still well below the net intake that would be required to maintain my weight at a particular point.  So I can deal with that, and I’m guessing that there’ll be a return next Monday to the glide path downward I’ve been on the past couple of months.  Or not.

Wheel full 70px We’ll see.

Wheel full 70px Oh, and of far more immediate concern… it’s pouring rain.

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Another Old Buoy

Wheel full 70px I took a great loop ride into Lockeport on an unloaded bike today on my day “off.”  Took lots of really nice photos of the interesting things I saw.

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Wheel full 70px Some are even in color!  I just couldn’t pass this up, though.  I’m going to grill a piece of meat I bought at the store today and heat some beans, but I’ll be back later with scenery as opposed to art.  Sigh…

Lockeport, NS

Wheel full 70px What a beautiful spot for Saturday breakfast!

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Wheel full 70px Behind me appears to be- and smells like, but that’s not a bad thing- a still operating fish cannery.  I hope so, because I’ve been through one community after another here where the working boats are all gone, replaced by quarter-million dollar sailboats and such.  Still pretty, but you know those boats aren’t owned by many local folks.

Wheel full 70px Times do change; I get that.  I don’t necessarily like it, but that’s the way it is.  I’ll have been privileged to to have visited Nova Scotia twice in my life.  Once 40 years ago, and again right now.    Few places I’ve been leave memories as deep and lasting.

Wheel full 70px I love it here, change and all.

Two Things I Should Have Left Home

Wheel full 70px As I gain experience using the gear I have brought with me, I am figuring out the things I will be sending home at the first opportunity- in other words when I’m back in the ‘States.  These two items will go for sure.

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Wheel full 70px The bottom item is a solar panel.  All I can say is, “What was I thinking?”  A cool item to have, but not all that useful given that I have two high  capacity batteries I have figured out how to charge most every night.  At between 1-2 pounds/~.5-1 kg, it’s not the biggest deal, but it does take up space in a pannier.

Wheel full 70px The top item is a nifty little tripod.  It would be nice to use along the way, but I am not going to unpack a pannier each time to get at it.  Once I get to where I’m headed in the evening, playing at being Ansel Adams is the last thing on my mind.  So you get handheld, I’m afraid.  A great item to throw in the car on a trip, though.  I’ll save 2-3 pounds/~1-1.5 kg and significant space in a pannier.

Wheel full 70px I’ll know next time.