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Day Two – The long winding road with purple everywhere

June 30, 2010

We started the day with one exceptionally important thing on our mind, without this thing the universe could have not start, end, or have anything in between . . . . It has brought whole countries to the brink of war.


Our room is lovely, however it only has a coffee pot. I am allergic and Stef doesn’t do coffee, so we decided to make the 1:30 trip to the largest city in Cape Breton — Sydney. It’s smaller than St. Thomas with only 24,000 people — but it had a Zellers.

We stopped and toured around Baddeck first. It’s a small town about 12 km from the Motel. It’s a terrific tiny tourist town. (I love alliteration.) we toured the Alexander Graham Bell museum and then had Lunch at the Yellow Cello Café. I had a Donair and Stef had a gourmet hotdog. (Footlong hotdog covered in mushrooms, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese.) It was quite fantastic actually! Supposedly, they have live entertainment every night between 7-9 pm. We’ll have to return for dinner before we go home next Wednesday.

After that we checked a couple shops and started the trip to Sydney. Wow, what a trip! I drove today. (Stef drove yesterday.) There were hills upon hills, walls made of trees, and lupins EVERYWHERE!

At the Sydney mall, we bought our kettle and some snacks for the motel room. We decided to return to the motel area but hit the alternate route button on the GPS to take us around the other side of the Bras D’or lake. The route was longer — 110 km instead of 90 km — but so magnificent. We had about three bridges, winding roads, and yet more lupins.

Then our GPS told us to turn left into the water. (I immediately thought of an ep of Doctor Who in which a evil GPS drowns someone the same way.) However, it wasn’t an evil GPS, just a bit rude — I mean come on — it told us to turn left, right, but never a please or thank you — I mean, come on, manners dude!

It was a $5 three minute ferry. We were both giddy — so cool. We both had never used one before — I know we live a very sheltered life. It docked let the cars out and then we got on and talked to the worker as we began the trip across the water. The ferry cut about 100 km off the trip!

We finally decided to have dinner at the Red Barn gift shop, mini-putt, and restaurant. It serves many purposes but the people are really friendly, food was excellent, and it’s about 5 mins from our motel. We will be returning again.

Finally, we ended up at the motel with our kettle, cheesecake from the Red Barn Restaurant, and lots of photos. Here’s one of our favourites:

Well, tomorrow, we’re going to make the 8 hour trip around the Cabot Trail. That should be beautiful! Though like today, it is supposed to be rainy. That’s ok, the mist on the top of the mountains make it very etherial.

So tomorrow, Cabot Trail pics! Have fun!

PS here are the routes we took today on two maps:

11 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2010 6:28 pm

    FIRST! I can’t believe it! Finally I am first, first first!
    Looks great! Pictures are nice, wish I was there…well maybe not wish, more like it would be fun…well maybe not fun…just nice…okay well maybe not nice….just okay
    Checked in on Cats they are fine, Weather has been nice here, haven’t got a chance to move your car yet! I will though! I will!
    The mountain side picture I fixed for you, I don’t know something was just….missing!
    I emailed it to you! check your louptron email! and post it he he he
    Talk soon

  2. judi permalink
    June 30, 2010 7:08 pm

    lupins!!! I love lupins!!! bring me some of those too!

  3. judi permalink
    June 30, 2010 7:13 pm

    how was the cheescake?

  4. Shelley permalink
    July 1, 2010 2:54 am

    I want cheesecake!!!??
    We sound like 3 kids waiting for our parents to come home!!
    Sounds like day 2 was adventerous…I will say it again..I so wish that there was a hidden video in that dang car…it would bring such joy to Judi and myself!!!

  5. July 1, 2010 5:25 am

    I for one don’t want to see any hidden video! Jeez I need some eye bleach!!!
    trolling, trolling, trolling, on the road and trolling!
    he kidding of course
    Hope today was an adventure for you!
    See you thursday!

  6. Debra permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:19 am

    Tea, but of course… I could tell you the day doesn’t start until copious amounts of tea have been indulged with some type of breakfast food. (Hopefully made by someone else )

    Photos are great – you should have fabulous views around the cape…. Let me know if you meet “Ise the bys that builds the boat”

    and I think Judi & I can have a choice of rocks, seems like there are lots to bring home ; )
    Enjoy a Canada Day celebration tomorrow.

  7. wayne lowes permalink
    July 13, 2010 5:23 pm

    excellent pictures!!

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