Monday September 28, 2015
A lovely start to the day. We had a nice breakfast with a very friendly bunch of people at the B&B. The owners introduced everyone at the table, which broke the ice and we all chatted about our trips and why we were in Nova Scotia/the Maritimes. It was very nice, however, it did delay our start we eventually left the B&B at about 9:30 a.m.
Into the wind we went. It was a brutal, brutal wind, not cold which is something to be thankful for, but even so what with the hills and the wind it was a tough slog of a day.
We didn’t get a break all day from the wind, the gusts almost stopped us in our tracks. Leaving Pictou we were on Hwy 4 which had a nice shoulder.
We then headed on to the TransCanada Highway 104, but the shoulder deteriorated to about 18 inches, my panniers make me at least 36 inches wide. The speed limit on the highway was 110 kph and I hated every second of being on it. As soon as we found the next exit, we came of and discovered there was a cycle route (the Blue Route) along highway 4 which took us all the way into Truro and for the majority of the way paralleled the TCH. Much safer and a much nicer route. If it hadn’t been for the wind it would have been a very nice ride.