With a bare minimum of words, here’s my one week journey in 56 photos. I landed in Fredericton, New Brunswick on June 30th, reassembled my bike in the airport parking lot, cycled into town and spent two nights there. Then on July 2nd I cycled 110km to St John. On July 3rd I took the ferry to Digby, Nova Scotia, and on July 4th I cycled 120km to Crescent Beach, just outside Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. On July 5th I cycled 95km from Mahone Bay to Halifax, and on July 6th I cycled 82km from Halifax to East Ship Harbour, where my grandmother lives. 4 full days of cycling + some cycling within cities = 440km total.
Fredericton, New Brunswick:
Late-night videogames at The 476, home of Emily and the rest of my hosts and hangout place for many randoms:
Canada Day fireworks:
En route to St John:
St John, New Brunswick:
Hayley, my host in St John, with her friend as we enjoyed an evening drink at a local pub:
The ferry trip from St John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia:
Billy Baker, a friendly and entertaining off-duty Coast Guard worker with whom I spent the ferry trip laughing a lot:
Entering Digby as the fog began to lift:
Digby, Nova Scotia:
Dianne, the wife of my host in Digby, with the terrifically delicious meal she made for her husband and me:
Lawrence, my host in Digby, who showed me around town and with whom I had some great conversations:
Driving the first 43km out of Digby in a torrential downpour. Lawrence saved me from what would have been the worst three hours of cycling of my trip! I still did 120km on the bike after being dropped off.
Cycling across Nova Scotia toward Bridgewater:
An old Canadian Navy warship, docked in Bridgewater harbour for many years since being decommissioned, and removed only weeks after I saw it. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Fraser_%28DDH_233%29 for more info.
On the wall of a bakery between Bridgewater and Crescent Beach:
My host’s home in Crescent Beach:
With Simone, another CouchSurfer, from Germany:
Simone, who was also staying at the same house as me on July 4th, had a goal to visit a particular nearby restaurant owned by her mom’s former classmate, so our host drove us there, which included a short ferry trip!
With the friendly ferry guy!
A few of Lunenburg:
Lunenburg Academy, a local (and very old) primary school. Imagine going to school in this place!
David, our host, playing a good game of ping pong in his barn. He was better than Simone, and better than me, but he let each of us get a few points to be nice. It was really fun playing late-night ping pong in his vintage barn.
Made famous in a popular postcard, the three churches of Mahone Bay:
In the home of my fun hosts in Halifax:<
Cycling from Halifax to East Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia: