Today started off crazy. Some wanted to eat breakfast, some did not. Some wanted to walk to breakfast, some did not. Some wanted to sightsee on the way out of town, some did not. Some wanted to stop and get something for a friend and on the way out of town but got horribly lost and finally said, “Let’s get out of town”.
Today’s ride was to be a get from point A to point B day so we headed out of town on 102 to the next destination of our trip, Baddeck, Nova Scotia. We had a two hundred and nineteen mile ride ahead of us. The weather for the day was very pleasant so made riding very comfortable. We spent most of the day on a major highway so there was not much to see, however, we saw our first cows and horses today. Randy kept remarking that we had not seen any livestock or wildlife for that matter so far on our trip. So now Randy is happy.
We stopped in Antingonish for lunch. We first pulled into the parking lot of a restaurant called Chuggles. I thought the name Chuggles was intriguing so went to see if I could find out what their menu looked like. I looked at the sign on the door and it boasted a Chinese and Canadian cuisine. I kept looking at the sign and thinking what exactly is Canadian cuisine? We decided to go inside to see how it looked and what they offered. The interior of the restaurant was very dark and we discovered that they only offered buffets for lunch and dinner. None of the group was hungry enough to want a buffet so we left.
Across the street was a Subway restaurant. Eating at Subway really appealed to Char and Randy because here in Canada they were advertising that, “The Lobster Was Back”. So off we went to get lobster sandwiches. It was a really nice Subway that had a picnic table in front. We all went inside to place our orders and then out to the picnic table to eat our lunch. Here was his one pinic table in the front of the restaurant surrounded by a small flower garden. It just beckoned us to use it and was really nice and relaxing sitting outside in the fresh air. While we were eating our lunch Bob noticed some pretty pink flowers behind us and picked one and presented it to Char with a little bow. Of course, we all said, “oohs and ahhs” and quickly captured the moment on film.
One of the more interesting buildings we passed on the way was the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts located in Cape Breton Island. It is a college dedicated to Gaelic preservation of the Gaelic language, art and crafts. From what I could see it was a beautiful campus that made every effort to blend in with it surroundings. The buildings were small with dark brown roofs and light brown walls. They fit in very well in the forest setting.
I did not know that a college of this kind existed. My family roots are Gaelic and Celtic. I am exactly half and half. My mother’s side is of Scottish heritage and my father’s side is of Irish heritage. I never heard my grandmother speak Gaelic but then by the time I knew her she had been in the country since she was a little girl and spoke perfect English. She made delicious shortbread cookies and eventually shared the recipe with my mom who then passed it on to my oldest daughter who has now passed it on to me. I have not baked them yet but will and then write a blog about the results.
We arrived at the Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck around four-thirty in the afternoon. That is the earliest arrival time to date and it really felt good. Randy and I had a little time to just sit out on the porch and take a breath before heading out for dinner. The lodge setting was beautiful. It sits high atop a hill and overlooks a beautiful, serene lake. Our room overlooked this beautiful lake so we were able to watch sail boats sailing this way and that it making for a very relaxing view.
Lana had found the lodge and the restaurant we were going to for dinner in a motorcycle guide book and said that both were wonderful. They were definitely right about the lodge so we were really looking forward to dinner at the Baddeck Lobster Suppers restaurant.
We were told the restaurant was only a short walk from the lodge. Not so. We actually had to walk quite a distance but it was well worth it. The restaurant was a little different as you placed your order as you walked in the door and then were seated. There were only three choices on the menu: Lobster, Planked Salmon or Grilled Steak and you were given a ticket to hand to the waitress. The meal included unlimited a cup of fresh seafood chowder, steamed Cape Breton mussels, homemade rolls and biscuits, salad, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.
There was fortunately a second choice of ordering the same three basic choices however, you would only get one of each of the side orders. That sounded much better to all of us. Of course, at least half of our party wanted lobster. I ordered the steak. Everything was wonderful and we were all full and ready to walk it off.
Once back at the lodge we all were looking forward to was using the laundry. You really cannot carry much clothing on a bike so laundry every so often is a necessity. We were all able to get our laundry done and I still got to bed early and got a good’s night sleep.
Tomorrow we are off to ride the Cabot Trail. We understand that is one of the most beautiful trails to ride with breathtaking scenery. We shall see.