From Sturgis to Nova Scotia

I usually look at the map about 10 minutes before leaving on a trip with very loose plans on how to get to where I’m going, but this adventure was different. Running into my Canadian friend Scott in Sturgis we decided to travel together to Nova Scotia, Canada and ultimately ended up in Digby for the Wharf Rat Rally (Canada’s largest motorcycle rally).

Scott collects Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts from all over the world, so we followed his plan and took an indirect route to eastern Canada. We stopped in St.Louis, Louisville, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh to enhance his collection which now totals 17 shirts. From there we crossed the border into Canada just east of Montreal following the Saint Lawrence River and rounding the Gaspe Peninsula. From there we met up with Bean’re and some of my other Canadian friends to ride the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton (the No. 1 rated motorcycle road in Canada) and camped at Meat Cove that’s at the very top of the island.

Then it was on to the Wharf Rat Rally in the small fishing town of Digby that’s known for its world famous scallops. It’s a town of about 2,500 people that swells to about 30,000 during the rally.

I would like to thank my friends north of the border for making this annual trip for me such a great time.

My Acadian/Canadian friend Timo of Mad Squirrel Leather is a master leather crafter and built this 7 foot lobster on a Buell Blast platform for Shediac Lobster Shop in New Brunswick, Canada.
My Acadian, Canadian friend Timo

Some bikes are in a constant state of change to reflect that of its riders’ needs.

Some bikes are in a constant state of change

Handcrafting a custom motorcycle requires many forms of discipline.
Hand crafting a custom motorcycle requires discipline

The solitude of the seaside can be humbling.
The solitude of the seaside can be humbing

Motorcycle happiness.
Motorcycle happiness

At the northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.
At the northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island

This night’s lodging included a full moon, campfire and great friends.
This night's lodging included a full moon, campfire and great friends

I usually travel alone so it’s a great treat for me to ride with like-minded enthusiasts.
I usually travel alone, so it's a great treat for me to ride with like-minded

For some strange reason gas has been hard to come by in Nova Scotia.
For some strange reason gas has been hard to come by in Nova Scotia

The end of the road takes us to Meat Cove Campground & Chowder Hut.
The end of the road takes us to Meat Cove Campground and Chowder Hut

The road to paradise is not always paved.
The road to paradise is not always paved

There is a hard to describe freedom you feel when traveling the coastal roads.
There is a hard to describe freedom you feel when traveling

The Gaspe Peninsula at the eastern end of New Brunswick.
The Gaspe Peninsula at the eastern end of North Brunswick

Bobby Seeger, Jr. is just one of the bike builders at the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, Nova Scotia.
Booby Seeger, Jr. is just one of the bike builders at the Wharf Rat Rally

Sights along the small fishing town of Digby.
Sights along the small fishing town of Digby

Digby from across the bay.
Digby from across the bay

Making your dog feel right at home on a road trip.
Making your dog feel right at home on a road trip

Digby changes from a small fishing town to this during the Wharf Rat Rally.
Digby changes from a small fishing town to this during the Wharf Rat Rally

With three minutes to spare I made the ferry boat back to the states.
With three minutes to spare I made the ferry boat back to the states

No telling what you will see at the Wharf Rat Rally.
No telling what you will see at the Warf Rat Rally

The rally schedule.
The rally schedule

My route in Nova Scotia.
My route in Nova Scotia

By |2015-09-10T16:17:19+00:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, J&P Team Members, News/Events Articles, Uncategorized|8 Comments

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  1. Liam October 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Reminds me of a ride I took from Cental Washington State to British Columbia, then across Canada, Montreal, Cap Gaspe to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, into the states at Calais, Maine, toured the New England states, down the east coast into Virginia, and back across the states to Washington. All rides are great, but this 10,733 mile trip was Fantastic!!!!

  2. Mr.T October 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the story of your trip . I really enjoyed it . Digby N S is my home town . How ever I live in Alberta now . We visited Digby last year for the 10th Rally , It was great to get back with our bikes . Maybe some day we will cross paths . Thanks Again . Fr : Perry Titus . P/S if you are every near Big Valley AB . Look me up . Free lodging for Real Friends .

  3. Eric October 1, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Glad to see you enjoyed Nova Scotia ,we welcome any and all who wish to see this great land of our s we call home ,thxs again and next year maybe America s biggest to Canada s biggest rallys will grow into a bigger run . 🙂

  4. Patrick September 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the Ride-Along…if only in my mind…

  5. Bob Brown September 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

    great story, felt like i was there. thanks

  6. Wendy Nesbitt September 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Awesome story and trip! Wish we had met up while you were here, we’ve been inviting like minded motorcyclists here to Nova Scotia for 15 years with our motorcycle tour guide; available old-school in print form or as a free App “Ride Atlantic Canada” to download and keep on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

  7. Rheba September 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Road Trip for my future thanks for sharing.

  8. Roger Hayes September 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Great story and fantastic photos, Joe!!!! As always, I look forward to your J&P Cycle photo-blog!

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