Day Two – The long winding road with purple everywhere
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: