Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 12




I got off to an early start just before 8am and headed toward Cape Breton. Last night I could not find a gas station near me that had Premium, but once I was on Cape Breton Island I saw a fuel sign about 20 miles up the road and took the exit. Problem is, the gas stations are not near the exits, they are in the nearest towns. In this instance, 6km to town. As I am returning to the Highway. I run into showers. To heck with the weather forecasting. I left this morning with my biker jeans and not my rain pants because I left them in the room to get them really dried out. (And the forecast didn't include rain....) Not such a great plan I guess. Anyhow, as I approach the Ferry to Cape Breton, I am continually peppered with showers, sunlight and light fog. I seriously thought about turning back and scrapping the Cape about 4 times. Two times I indeed made a U-turn, only to have the showers disappear. Finally, I figured that my pants were already wet and I had nothing to do back in Sydney, so I decided to just go-for-it. Turns out that with the water on both sides of everything, the day can change in a flash. All in all, the day went well. Met some new friends from Australia and managed to get home safe and sound.

After finishing my Loop trip, I realized that I missed the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site and Museum. According to them, Bell did for the telephone what Henry Ford did for the automobile. Although not the first to experiment with telephonic devices, Bell and the companies founded in his name were the first to develop commercially practical telephones. Bell succeeded where others failed to assemble a commercially viable telephone system. It can be argued that Bell invented the telephone industry. Bell's first intelligible voice transmission over an electric wire was named an IEEE Milestone. Turns out Bell lived for many years, died and was buried at his home here just south of Baddeck Bay, NS. At the end of his funeral, every phone on the continent of North America was silenced for one minute in tribute to his life.

Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. He also invented the metal detector, the first wireless telephone whose principles were his life's "greatest achievement." This work was a precursor to the fiber-optic communication systems installed in the 1980's; all his work was done 19 years before the first voice radio transmissions. Bell received 18 patents granted in his name alone and 12 he shared with his collaborators. These included 14 for the telephone and telegraph, four for the photophone (wireless telephone), one for the phonograph, five for aerial vehicles, four for "hydroairplanes" and two for selenium cells. Bell's inventions spanned a wide range of interests and included a metal jacket to assist in breathing, the audiometer to detect minor hearing problems, a device to locate icebergs, investigations on how to separate salt from seawater, and work on finding alternative fuels. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society. In a funny twist, Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study. I think we can imagine what he would have thought of cell phones!

Now on to the details and the pics of the day.

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Distance:
    Today = 282 miles,
    Total   = 2,076 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 10-Hours, 53-Min,
    Total   = 3-Days, 04-Hours, 35-Min
Waiting for the Ferry. Transfer was C$7.00.
Wait time was less than 10 minutes.
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A look toward the northwest from the ferry
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The crossing was a mere 5-6 minutes.
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Named after the explorer John Cabot, who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, Wiki to Cabot Trail
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One of many lovely mountain streams
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Wildflowers enhance the view every time.
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A look at the end of the Sydney Peninsula from Cape Breton
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View out over the North Atlantic
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I saw a sign for Mary Ann Falls, 6km back through the wilderness. The road was not paved, but my dirt bike training paid off again. The river shows a very distinct red coloring. I asked a local at the Falls, and he said the mountains have vast iron ore deposits that were once mined in this area.
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Happy to be getting some sunshine
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Stopped for lunch in the town of Neil's Harbor. The Chowder House restaurant was recommended and is located slightly East of town on Murdochs Rock, overlooking the Atlantic.
I of course had the mussels, and they were GREAT.
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While having lunch a couple asked if they could join me, and I said SURE. Turns out that DJ & Claire were visiting from Australia. They are such avid travelers that they keep their Trike registered and stored in Oregon when not in use. They are very serious roadies and I am in awe of their adventures. DJ is registered for an extreme motorcycle ride across (would you believe) Mongolia. (I asked DJ if he had seen the movie "Long Way Round." He got excited and said - It was great! I wonder if it was the movie that inspired his trip?) Anyhow, it is always nice to touch and be touched by fellow travelers. Claudia and I hope to catch up with you at your home base in Golden Beach, Queensland, AU. Safe travels my new friends.
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My bike with DJ & Claire's Trike
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Some very rocky coast on the east side of Cape Breton
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