Cabot Trail - Day 5: Dingwall to Meat Cove and back (by bike)

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One of the main drivers of our trip's timetable was to accommodate this day's ride. We liked the idea of staying in the Markland, right out on the Atlantic, and we had heard that the there-and-back to Meat Cove was both worth doing and arduous, so we wanted to give that ride a day to itself. I don't seem to have gotten any pictures either evening of the Markland's dining hall, but the food was tasty and the live music was nifty and cemented our impression of Cape Breton as the land of Stan Rogers covers. [42.3 mi]

sunrise from our cabin

looking north at sunrise

sunrise on the beach

sunrise with more waves

view north from the beach

sunrise with more clouds

out towards the Atlantic

sunrise with more dining hall, where we are about to go eat breakfast before our ride

fields and clouds

one last shot of the sun hiding behind some clouds

the long dusty road... where our van is parked behind our cabin

it seems to be raining; should we panic?

bikes parked on our porch

it's definitely raining

rain on the roofs around the B&B

don't panic, though, while we were eating breakfast it cleared up

Dingwall is reputed to be a peaceful fishing village

platonic ideal Cape Breton church (1)

the road ahead, up the coast (yep, as usual we have to climb that)

marsh along the road

marsh is marshy

house with metal roof


view south, showing White Point and the sandbar by Dingwall

more view south

nothing but weirdly blue skies ahead. and clouds. and mountains

out to sea

south view again

we were riding next to a fairly steep cliff to some trees below

the road behind as we climb to St. Margaret Village

the road ahead as we climb to St. Margaret Village

we found this vehicle in the parking lot of the Co-op at St. Margaret Village where we stopped for refreshments

our first view of Capstick, which we will pass on our way to Meat Cove

closeup of Capstick

Scott in front of the ocean

Scott got very curious about what implement had been used to shred these trees

west along the coast

east along the coast

north across the Gulf of St. Lawrence

spray on the rocks

the view east

waves crashing on the other side of trees by the road

the fields as we approach Capstick

the water as as we approach Capstick

evidence that we are, in fact, approaching Capstick

whoa, there's land out there. We assume it to be Saint Paul Island

iconic Cape Breton storm shutters, on account of the proximity to the ocean (also pictured)

we saw a lot of crab(?)apple trees along our ride

we have been in Canada this whole time


view east

we had to ride on this dirt road

it was okay, especially because neat ocean views kept popping up

view west towards Meat Cove; you can actually see the chowder hut now

the road goes back and forth between dirt and paved, with the steepest climbs paved, fortunately

the next point past Meat Cove to the west

Meat Cove! If you really squint, you can see David's bicycle parked on the porch of the chowder hut

our last switchback down into Meat Cove

view east from Meat Cove

panorama from the chowder hut porch

the chowder was in fact pretty good

it's called Meat Cove because people came there to hunt, apparently

view east

someone had built a bunch of little rock cairns on the beach

there is totally land out there. with a boat in front of it. idek

nothin' but cloud

thanks to a stiff tailwind and the fact that i'd taken all the pictures of scenery i wanted on the way out, i actually got ahead of Sarah and Scott for the first time all day, so i could take pictures of them approaching

Sarah still approaching

Sarah riding by

Scott approaching

Scott riding by

a river leading out to the ocean

mouth of the river

Scott approaching the bridge i was standing on to take these pictures

traffic overall was very pleasant on these roads, but there were a lot of gravel trucks

hey, look, we're back at the sand barrier by Dingwall

this is what comes of having apple trees everywhere

a different platonic ideal of a Cape Breton church

We stopped at the North Highlands Community Museum in Cape North, and poked around for a bit, starting with this map of Cape Breton

rugs are apparently a thing in Cape Breton

clouds are interesting; don't just take my word for it

nothing like this to make you appreciate being able to drive down to your nearest hockey superstore and buy a pair of skates with enclosed feet and everything

incidentally, we learned on this trip that Alexander Graham Bell has a Cape Breton connection

sample desks, complete with sample Peter Rabbit and his sample holiday

more latchhook

a loom

the history of the transatlantic telegraph cable race

i don't know what that does, but it looks neat

i know what that does; it tells time

model boat

we had to move to a new cabin for our second night at Dingwall because a big bike tour group came in; here's our new view

remember how i made you look at a million sunrise pictures? well, now it's sunset, and guess what?

but, i mean, look at the clouds

panorama from the porch of our new cabin


on the beach at sunset

beach, ocean, and a little bit of sky

view north from the beach

a wave coming in

there was more-or-less a full moon, so you can see moonlight reflected on the clouds and the water

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