Ruth mentioned that some of you may not even know what the Cabot Trail is. It is a 285 km (177 mile) long highway that circles the northern part of Cape Breton Island, which is part of the province of Nova Scotia. Quite a bit of the highway runs through Cape Breton Highlands National Park here in Canada. We are taking the coast road to hook up to the Cabot Trail around Margaree Harbour.
The Cabot Trail
The day started off sunny, but the clouds had rolled in by the time we left, and not long after we got on the highway it started to drizzle with rain. Not bad weather for the end of March. Except that it's the beginning of June.
Looking back on the Canso Causeway that connects Cape Breton Island to mainland Nova Scotia.
We pulled into the fishing harbour at Port Hood. We could easily have parked there overnight, but it looks like a fairly busy harbour and if all the fishermen showed up in the early morning hours it might be a little noisy. There was a pull off spot on the road leading to the harbour, just the right size for Sherman. It's not an ideal location because we're right beside the road, but the view is very nice and we figured it would be totally quiet over night. And it was. We slept fine, except the traffic started coming in to the harbour at around 5:00am so we were up fairly early this morning.
The coast near Port Hood harbour
Looking back on Port Hood. Can you see Sherman blending in with the boats in the harbour? We could have overnighted there but it would have been busy early in the morning.
We ended up overnighting here. (GPS 46.02695 -61.54137)
Whiskey walking on the beach, with Sherman parked in the distance
Port Hood RV Park
There is an RV park here in Port Hood. It's not busy yet, there was only one rig there, and a couple of trailers that looked like seasonals. This park must make all of it's money in July and August. Not sure how it can be a viable business. Maybe it's not. They charge $25 (plus 15% tax) for hookups, or $18 (plus 15% tax) for a parking spot. That's way over our budget though, especially when there are so many opportunities to park for free on Cape Breton Island.
Reader Bob had asked how our new air suspension is working out. Some of you will remember when we installed the air helper springs back in March when we were parked up at friends Pete and Pam in South Carolina. They work great, however I had originally run the lines too close to the exhaust at one point and they developed a leak because of the heat. I spliced the line closer to the airbag and so right now they are only adjustable manually. It won't take much to fix it, but because of the bugs and rain I just haven't got to it. But, I am very impressed. They keep Sherman level no matter what weight we have on the rear axle, and the ride seems fine.
Yesterday's drive, 105 kms (65 miles)