Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Truro, NS to Shubenacadie, NS

Another pretty day. Since we had been up late the night before, we slept a little later than usual. About 9am we started moving. We had decided the night before that we wanted to go to Burncoat to see the bore tide in another neat place. We figured it would be there about noon, so we had plenty of time.

After getting packed, we went to Tim Horton’s for breakfast. Tim Hortons is a fast food restaurant chain prevalent in Canada. It seems that Tim Horton was a big hockey player who did well and started the restaurants when he got out of hockey. The restaurants range from small drive-in only places for breakfast to others that are pretty big and offer sandwiches, soups, salads in addition to breakfast items.

After breakfast, we started towards Burncoat, which we thought was just a few miles away. It turns out that it’s much further than we thought. The tide also runs much faster than we thought. Long story made short, we missed it! Damn!

As we were riding along the river towards Burncoat, the river was essentially empty for a long time. Then we went a short way where we could not see the river. When we spotted it again, it was much fuller with water. We couldn’t tell if it was due to there just being more water or due to the oncoming tide. As it turned out, it was the tide.

So, we jumped back on the bikes and raced back about 18 miles to a bridge where we hoped to see it. Again, too late. We missed the bore tide in this much larger body of water.

While at the bridge, we talked to a young man who was filming for a local TV station. He was bored, so he asked us some questions that were very thought provoking. Like “What advice would you give young people?” and “What do you think is a place I should go when I can?” He was a very impressive young man.

When we left, we decided to start looking for a place to stay for the night, somewhere in the area since we wanted to see the bore tide again. After consulting with a small tourist help station, we headed out to find something suitable.

After a bit of riding, we found Tidal Bore Rafting Park, an outfit near the river that has cottages, a restaurant, and various excursions on the river playing with the bore and the water. Pretty neat. So, we stayed there.

We rested a bit and then put the gear back on and got on the bikes, headed to Burncoat to see the low tide. Since we knew the restaurant would be closed before we got back, we decided to stop at a local grocery store for something for dinner. A pizza sounded good, and we found one, along with some beer and wine.

From there, we rode to Burncoat, walked down to the river, and saw it at low tide. From the low water mark to the high point is about 50 feet! We took some pics and left for the cabin and dinner. The pizza was very good.

So, that was the day. We rode about 135 miles for the day.

Tomorrow—Bore tide, Peggy’s Cove, and back to Halifax

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