Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 28, 2012

What a beautiful day.  Sun was shining and the temperatures were mild.  I left Pictou and headed east on Hwy 104 to Cape Breton Island, the north most portion of Nova Scotia.  I went up Hwy 19 on the west side of the island to Magaree Harbor, where Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Cabot Trail start.  The Cabot Trail goes all the way around the park, some 180 miles in total.  The Trail hugs the coastline and has steep inclines and declines all along the way.  It's one of those places it's tough to watch the road because you never know what you're going to see around the next bend.  At random, here are some shots I took along the way:

The picture above was actually taken at the town of St. Rose, just before you get into the Park.

You should be able to get some idea of how steep the road is in places.  In the background you can see a cut in the hillside where the road starts to go downhill.  It must have dropped 500 feet in no more than 3/4 of a mile.

(In case you thought that only the shoreline was impressive).  Anyway, it was a beautiful day with lots to see.

On the way south along the east shore of the park, the road came to a sudden end at the waterfront and I had a little ferry ride across St. Ann's Bay.  This ferry really packed them in:

It was a really nice day today.  Tomorrow, it's on around the east end of the island to Sydney for the night.

Miles today:  306
Total:  4,001