We did two short trails just after leaving Pleasant Bay yesterday morning. I've documented them in separate posts again. You can view the MacIntosh Brook Trail here, and the Lone Shieling Trail here. They were just short trails, totalling 2.3 kms (1.5 miles) but they count towards our goal of 75 kms (46.5 miles). We are now at 32.1 kms (19.9 miles)!
Heading down North Mountain.
View of the valley while heading down North Mountain
Ruth, admiring Beulach Ban Falls
We stopped at an old ranger station which has a road leading to Beulach Ban Falls. The ranger station has a fairly large parking area and the road leading to the falls is really only good for cars. So we parked Sherman and took the bikes off for the 4 km (2.5 mile) return trip to the falls. There were a LOT of mosquitoes at the falls, so we didn't linger. Took a quick photo and then headed back.
The Cabot Trail exits the national park at this point, and we took the road leading to Bay St. Lawrence and Meat Cove. We stopped at Cabot Landing Provincial Park for lunch. This is just a day use picnic park, but has a nice beach for walking on.
Beach and scenery near Cabot Landing Provincial Park
Sherman, Ruth, and Whiskey at Cabot Landing Provincial Park
After lunch, we headed north to the town of Bay St. Lawrence. We didn't actually enter the town, although we may return there today and camp overnight at their harbour. We did stop at their small co-op grocery store and picked up a few items. Surprisingly, the prices weren't bad. At least not any worse than grocery prices in the rest of the province!
The coastline on the road to Meat Cove
The "village" of Capstick
Looking down on the campground at Meat Cove
Meat Cove is the most northerly community is Nova Scotia. It's a pretty remote spot, only reachable by an 8 km (5 mile) dirt road. We had read that the campground there is $25 which is pretty much out of our price range for a parking spot, even one with a beautiful view. There are no services at the sites, and it's really geared towards tent camping. But they do have two or three sites suitable for an RV. As we were deciding whether or not to stay, the girl running things showed up and explained that since they were doing some repair to the shower building, the price was reduced to $15 per night for this weekend. That pretty much sealed the deal for us, and we decided to stay. But, our cash was running low, and upon emptying our pockets we realized we only had slightly more than $12! We said we could pay with credit or debit card, but she said that was not necessary and took our $12. For $12, we were very happy with our camping spot for the night!
Sherman, camped at Meat Cove
After supper we hiked up a trail to a nearby viewpoint looking back at Meat Cove and the campground. Can you see Sherman camped near the bottom right?
Another RV and a couple of tenters showed up after we did.
Sunset by the cliffs near Meat Cove
Only did 58 kms (35 miles) yesterday, but it was pretty slow going sometimes