The Cabot Trail
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I rolled out of the campsite at Louisbourg as early as I could muster, and headed north to Sydney to try and obtain passage to Newfoundland. The girl at the kiosk siad they are booked up two ferry loads in advance, so It wouldn't be until the morning that I could sail.
I left the ferry terminal and went in search of a tourist info office. There a different girl provided more ferry related information and some cabot trail info too. The Cabot trail is a loop road that runs around Cape Bretton's north west peninsula. I had intended to do it after Newfoundland, but I was so close now it seamed silly not to.
Next I came across a quite unbelievable sight as I drove to the campsite.
It was only later when I discovered that they were fishing floats. My hopes of solving the world food crisis were dashed, and to top it off I had run out of Ribena. I drove solemly off, to discover after a short drive the most amazing campsite since the last most amazing campsite I had seen (which was in Brudnell River Park in PEI).
Later P invited out for an evening kayak, so I went along and we ferried two of his boats out to the river area while the tide was still high enough. P showed me a floating bridge that had broken its moorings, and I agreed to help move it back the following morning. We wandered back through the wilderness and I got to explore the Yurts. I might have to make one myself - they are quite cool.
The following morning I helped the lads move the bridge and secure it and then headed off to the Alexander Graham Bell historic site in Baddeck. The museum is not bad, although it is more focused for younger viewers. I hadn't realised that Dr Bell had so many other interests. He had talents in speech and language, aiding the deaf, Kites, Flying machines and pioneered the first use of hydrofoils to break the world water speed record of the time. He also had a passion for Tetrahedrons, using them mostly in his kites. The museum reflected this passion by having lots of tetrahedroid structures in its architecture, among the hundreds of Dr Bell's own structures on display. Oh and he also invented the telephone, and to top that he invented a working sound-to-light-to-sound telephone system as well, but it didn't catch on. This dude was ahead of his time.
So I'll probably drive the rest of the cabot trail now I'm here, more photos coming shortly.