Thursday, July 24, 2008

Off Slope: Bike Trip Update 3

For those who are wondering what the hills are like, well...

There are steep spikes.

And long slow climbs.

And some that are basically hikes with a bicycle at your side.

But the view from the top can be an amazing payoff.

(Note: This is the only photo directly linked to my Flickr account. If you'd like to see larger versions of any photo from this post, just click on the final photo ABOVE. That will bring you to my most recent uploads.)

Today was the last day of the Cabot Trail trip. Tomorrow begins the Evangeline Trail. Tonight I'm spending a quiet evening on my own in Halifax. I'm staying in the elegantly cozy Haliburton House Inn located in the historic district, very near the water.  It's wonderful.

After the happy discovery of a coin laundry down the street (aaah! clean clothes!), I had a wonderful dinner including crab and shrimp cakes. Then I attended a Shakespeare-by-the-Sea production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Point Pleasant Park. It was hilarious! I think The Bard would have been proud of this version.

Just outside the park gate there was a little corner grocery where I treated myself to two scoops of Raspberry Cream Cheese ice cream on a cone. It made the walk back in the cool salty breeze a little sweeter.

So, for those who might be worried, I am fitting in some light-hearted experiences between the hills. And there is a rumor that the Evangeline Trail is a kinder, gentler sort of trip.

I feel fairly prepared either way.


Rm said...

Thank you for taking the time to update us on how you're doing and sharing your beautiful photos. I love the landscapes. It makes me think of Ireland. I'm so proud of you. Are the two women in the photo in your bike group? How many are in your group total?

Love you and take care.

Kimberlee said...

Hey, Rm. I wish I'd been able to add more all along. The Haliburton is the only place I've stayed with a fast enough connection for uploading photos.

The women in the photo were in my group. The Cabot Trail tour consisted of a married couple, an engaged couple, two amazing guides, and me. Bike Riders Tours limits their group size to sixteen (maximum) and four (minimum), so we just barely squeaked by. The smaller group was very intimate. I liked it that way. The Evangeline Trail tour has 15 participants. That should be interesting.

Thanks for checking in on me. :)

Love ya!

Sarah said...

Those pictures are GORGEOUS. I don't know how it would feel to bike those hills (you're very brave), but oh, what beauty. I hope you have time to drink it in. Your evening by the sea sounds idyllic. I'd like to see that play.

Hope you're having fun!

Kimberlee said...

Hi, Sarah. That night in Halifax was near-perfect. I'm hoping my last night in Nova Scotia (Saturday) will turn out to be just as lovely.

As I've lamented often during my posts, the hills were extremely difficult, but the views were amazing. I am completely thankful for the experience!

Anonymous said...

Ah, the taste of I am TRULY jealous. And did you mention clean laundry? No comment.

Laurie (Hill)