Thursday, October 18, 2012

Trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 1986

     Bud Peck, Ed McIntyre and I toured the coastline of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in late August 1986. It was a fun ride with long-time buddies who were also fellow club members of the RAMS, a famous New England enduro riders’ club. Bud rode his Yamaha XJ550 Seca, Ed rode his BMW R80RT and I rode the same 4-cylinder GL1100 Honda Gold Wing that I took to Alaska in 1983. The bike was getting close to 100,000 miles on it by this time.
     I remember several incidents from the ride, but one stands out: It was when we stopped for lunch at a small roadside restaurant near Inverness on Cape Breton Island and the young fellow who waited on us looked outside at our bikes and said, “Wow, I've never seen three elderly gentlemen like yourselves riding motorcycles.” He was even more impressed when we told him we came from the US. Maybe we did look rather odd.
     On our first night out, we stopped at Charlie Sibley’s camp in Maine, which was a few miles in from the public road. On our return trip home, we went directly to John and Marge Thurber’s home in East Dover, VT for the annual two-day Vermont Road Ride that they hosted for the RAMS club every year on Labor Day weekend. I took the following photos during the trip:


 Taken on the access road, approaching Charlie's camp in Maine.

We're almost to the camp

That's the "outhouse" behind us

A view of the pond from the kitchen window.


We stopped at the Bay of Fundy - the tide was going out at the time.







Near Port Hood, Cape Breton Island, along the Cabot Trail







Several scenes along the Cabot Trail








A lobster fishing village along the coastline



A power plant in Maine


The Kennebec River in Maine


Vermont Route 100

Joining up with the RAMS club in Vermont


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