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Holiday in Canada July í99


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14 July 99 Flying from Amtsterdam To Montreal. Bus from airport to town
distance   cycling time   average speed   time
hotel Auberge Jean price 36.00 C$

The pension we stay in for the night is great. Sleeping in a small room and taking breakfast in Jeanís own living room and kitchen. Just one big family with the rest, mostly backpackers.

 

15 July 99 Restday in Montreal. 
distance 20.00 km cycling time   average speed   time
hotel Auberge Jean price 36.00 C$

Montreal is a really cycle friendly city. Many bike paths are crossing the town. We visit the old part and did some shopping at an outdoor shop. Much cheaper then in Europe. In the evening we visit a great summer festival.

 

16 July 99 Bus from Montreal to Quebec
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hotel Hotel boutique du Vieux price 56.00 C$

The bikes are going in large boxes and have to be handled in at the luggage office. After unpacking the bikes in Quebec, we climb up the hill, where the old part of the town is. We wonder around in town and along the river side of the St. Laurence river. In the evening we visit another summer festival.

 

17 July Cycling from Quebec to Armagh
distance71.11km cycling time 4h:23m average speed 16.21km/h time 
hotel Motel 281 price 35.00 C$

The county is hilly and the road is straight. We hide for a thunderstorm at somebodyís home. Tore brakes the first spoke of his rear wheel. At the end of the day, it starts raining again. We have enough of it and take a motel.


Chateau Frontenac in Quebec

 

18 July Cycling from Armagh to st Camille de Lellis
distance 93.00km cycling time 4h:17m average speed 19.00km/h time 
hotel free camping price  

We want to cross the border to America here, but the border crossing at the normal route is closed. It is Sunday !??. So we take a different border crossing. Here we are told that it is forbidden to cycle in this part of Maine. Big trucks of wood cooperation's are driving here and they can't dodge us. We have to leave again and have to cross the border more to the south, a D-tour of about 400 km. Beside this setback, Tore brakes his second spoke and has 3 flat tires.

 

19 July Cycling from st Camille de Lellis to Moose River
distance 129.75km cycling time 7h:01m average speed 19.00km/h time 
hotel camping Moose River price 14.00 C$

The route is boring, straight and between fir-trees. Tore has again 2 flat tires. We canít find what goes wrong. Tore cycles 33 km back to the nearest village and buyís new inner tubes, a new outer tube and new rim-tapes. Iris waits with all the luggage at a car park. We cross the border in the evening and enter the campsite in the dark.


Again a flat tire

 

20 July Cycling from Moose River to Rockwood
distance 57.43km cycling time 3h:04m average speed 18.63km/h time 
hotelCamping Old Mill price 18.00 C$

Again is the road straight and the view blocked by fir-trees. Sometimes we see a glance of a blue lake, between the trees.

 

20 July Cycling from Rockwood to Greenville. Hitch-hiking to Bangor. Bus to Calais. Cycling to Oak Bay
distance 42.87km cycling time 2h:33m average speed 16.79km/h time 
hotel Camping Oak Bay price 19.00 C$

We have enough of the straight roads and the trees. This D-tour has to come to an end, and quickly. So we hitch hiked from Greenville to Bangor. The bikes are going in the back of a pick-up and we creep into the front cabin. In Bangor we take the bus to Calais. From here we cycle to Oak Bay. 

 

22 July Restday Oak Bay
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hotel Camping Oak Bay price 19.00 C$

Reading and a bit of walking.

 

23 July Cycling from Oak Bay to Saint John
distance 113.5km cycling time 6h:27m average speed 17.59km/h time 
hotel Camping Rockwood price 14.00 C$

We start of at a side road, but the last part of the route goes over the highway. While cars are not driving really fast in Canada and the shoulders are wide, we are doing fine.


Straight roads

 

24 July Restday Saint John. Boat to digby
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hotel Camping Digby price 14.00 C$

In the morning we cycled around in town and joined the third summer festival. Then we take the boat to Saint John to Digby. So now we are in Nova Scotia, before on schedule.

 

25 July Cycling from Digby to Kejimkujik National Park
distance 76.00km cycling time 4h:58m average speed 15.28km/h time 
hotel Campside number 15 price 10.00 C$

We take a short cut through the wood, but are attacked by black biting bucks. If we arrive at the National Park were we rent a Canadian Canoe and row to our campsite on a island in the middle of a lake. Our bikes are left at the rental place.

 

26 July Canoeing in Kejimkujik National Park
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hotel Campside number 21 price 10.00 C$

We rowed over the lake to a small river, where our next campsite is situated.  This is the best day of our holiday.

 

27 July Canoeing in Kejimkujik National Park
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hotel Campingground Jeremys bay price 14.00 C$

We row over the lake again and do a land crossing of 2 km. Then we row to the canoe rental and change the canoe for our bikes. We cycle to the campground and stay there for the night.


Kejimkuijk National Park

 

28 July Cycling from Kejimkujik National Park to Middleton
distance 110.47km cycling time 5h:48m average speed 19.0km/h time 
hotel Campground Orchard Queen price 12.00 C$

We cycle through the fruit valley of Nova Scotia. An easy going drive, with a lot of side seeing moments. Like the power station in Annapolis Royal, generating its electricity by the tides of the Bay of Fundy.   

 

29 July Cycling from Middleton to Bramber
distance 143.40km cycling time 8h:03m average speed 17.81km/h time 
hotel Somebody's garden price   

The ride is beautiful, especially the last part along the sea coast. Tore broke his third spoke. We have to change his spokes for thicker ones after the holiday. The campsite we want to take is closed a couple years ago. We ask a girl to sleep in her garden.

 

30 July Cycling from Bramber to Truro
distance 89.74km cycling time 5h:09m average speed 17.37km/h time 
hotel At a friend price   

After having breakfast at the neighbors, we continue along the coast and have a nice view on the highest tides in the world. In Truro we go to the house of a friend. We will sleep here for the next period of time.

 

31 July Restday in Truro
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hotel At a friend price  

We visit the marriage of our friend and have a good time. A great experience to may follow this in a different country, with different traditions. We are glad that we bring proper clothes for this event.

 

1 August Restday in Truro
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hotel At a friend price  

With some other friend from the Netherlands we drive to Halifax. We visit the town and in the evening the fourth summer festival of this holiday.

 

2 August Restday in Truro
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hotel At a friend price  

The idea is to leave to Cape Breton by bus and cycle there the Carbot Trail. But the bus canít guarantee that our bikes will be transport with the same bus we take. We decide to rent a car, but because it is a holiday in Canada, we have to wait for tomorrow before we can call the rental side. We cycle around trough the main park and visit the tidal bore.

 

3 August Car from Truro to Cheticamp
Distance  cycling time   average speed time 
hotel Camping Cheticamp price 17.00 C$

Because of the delay we leave or bikes behind. (Good decision afterwards, while the Carbot Trail is very crowed by cars and not very spectacular to cycle. But the cars remembers us again, why we are cyclist and not car drivers). Heading north by a scenic route along the coast of Cape Breton. Really strange countryside, rough with little villages.


Famous picture of the Cabot trail

 

4 August Car from Cheticamp to Meat Cove
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hotel Meat Cove campground price 12.00 C$

Only the part of the famous Cabot Trail photo  ( see above) is great. In the afternoon we take a cruise for whale watching. But because of the wind we didnít locate any whales at all. We get a free ticket for the next morning to try again.

 

5 August Car from Meat Cove to Wycocomagh
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hotel Campground Wycocomagh price 12.00 C$

This time we see a group of Whales just near the boat. Driving south to Wycocomagh on the way we visit the Bell (scientist who developed the telephone and the first airplanes) museum. And wonder around in some villages along nice blue lakes.

 

6 August Car from Wycocomagh via Truro to Chester
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hotel Campground Chester price 12.00 C$

We visit a small fishermanís village, Lunenberg.

 

7 August Car from Chester to Cien Margaret
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hotel Campground Margaret price 12.00 C$

Climbing on the rocks at Meat Cove gives us the idea we are in Scotland. But only this part of Nova Scotia remind us at the 'old' Scotland. The rest of Nova Scotia is not what the name does pretend.

 

8 August Car from Cien Margaret  to Truro. Train to Montreal
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hotel train price 12.00 C$

In the afternoon we take the train back to Montreal. We arrive the next morning.

 

9 August Restday in Montreal
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hotel Auberge Jean price 36.00 C$

We climb the Montreal hill by bike and tour through the suburb of Montreal. Of course we visit the Olympic rowing track and the park around it.

 

10 August Bus from Montreal to the airport. Flying to Amsterdam
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hotel At the rowing track in Amsterdam price   

Because we missed the last train and all the budget hotels are booked we have to find, like real wanderer, our sleeping place outside.  The safest place we can think of is a dressing-room at the 'Bosbaan', the rowing track in Amsterdam. 

 

Summary

Overall distance: 972 km 
Number of holidays: 29
Number of cycling days: 9.5
Number of canoeing days: 2.5
Number of car driving days: 5.5
Number of rest and sightseeing days: 7
Total time on the bike: 53:14h

Average speed without rest periods: 18.26 km.h-1
1 C$ ~ 0.75 Euro

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