After arriving at Shubie Campground in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia we had to turn on our AC for the first time this year! The 30C temperature was overbearing! Our first full day was even hotter with the temperature topping 35C. So instead of cycling, we hopped on the Harleys and went for a ride. The route took us through Halifax and then south along the coast down to Kejimkujik Seaside National Park, where we wanted to do short hike. When we arrived the fog had rolled in so we decided to drive to Lunenburg instead.
On our way home we followed the coastal route to Halifax and went back across the Narrows to the Dartmouth side of the water. It was a nice 400 km ride and the longest we have been on the motorcycles in a long time. The next day was a little cooler but still quite warm so we just went for a short cycle into downtown Dartmouth and checked out a couple of the brew pubs and shops. Finally the heat broke and we got in a good 45 km cycle out along The Narrows to the Eastern Passage and back which felt good on the legs.
We were spending time in Dartmouth/Halifax to meet up with Bryan, Alexis, Helen and Madoc who were flying out east from Vancouver renting an RV, touring around for 6 days and then driving it back to Toronto. With our schedules overlapping for a few days we were excited to see them.
Before they arrived we cycled over the bridge that spans the Narrows between Halifax and Dartmouth and went to the Citadel. Our visitors arrived around dinner time after they had a very long day travelling and exploring, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful family evening. The next morning after a leisurely coffee and breakfast we caught the bus and headed down to the Halifax harbour. Bryan, Larry, Helen and Madoc headed over to the Citadel, and June and Alexis went walking the waterfront.
We then rendezvoused down at the harbour to go out “deep sea fishing”. It is in quotes because it was not a sport fishing deep sea fishing trip, but more of a pleasure boat with poles in the water.
The boat went out a few km’s from shore where no one caught any fish, before heading back in and catching some coastal fish. The look on Helen’s face when she caught her first fish was priceless! We ended up catching A LOT of Mackerel that we took back to the restaurant and they cooked up a great meal for us.
It was a really fun afternoon! After returning to the campground the kids wanted to go for a swim even though it was dark before heading back to our motorhome for some ice-cream and scotch.
It was a short but great visit and now it was time for them to head off to explore the Cabot Trail, and for us to start our trek westward. With our good byes said after a lovely breakfast we all hit the road!