Posted by: Silver | August 1, 2012

Clare to Laconia

Clare to Yarmouth:
Distance: 66 km
Ascent: 561 m
Cycling time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Yarmouth to Shelburne:
Distance: 112 km
Ascent: 643 m
Cycling time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Shelburne to Milton:
Distance: 67 km
Ascent: 612 m
Cycling time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Milton to Laconia:
Distance: 52 km
Ascent: 464 m
Cycling time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

And the hectic pace continues…

Yarmouth, Milton and Laconia were once again all just one-night stops, but I did get to spend a little bit more time in Shelburne over the weekend – and what a weekend it was! Not only did the tall ships happen to be in the harbour after leaving the festival in Halifax, but it was also the weekend of Harmony Bazaar, a festival for female singers and songwriters, at which my host just happened to be volunteering!

And so, still in the space of little more than 24 hours, I was lucky enough to have the chance to row a longboat (an exact replica of the ones on HMS Bounty), tour a replica of one of the American ships that fought in the war of 1812 (the Americans really have constructed a very different take on that war from the way Canadians see it…!), take in several very good music performances, try an ‘American Tribal’ bellydancing workshop, watch The Scarlet Letter (on account of the fact that it was largely filmed in Shelburne) and get a tiny taste of ‘gong healing’ from a couple of wonderful Scousers who immigrated here just a little bit before me!

It wasn’t all play and no work though: not only had my amazing Shelburne host organized a fundraising barbecue in advance of my arrival, but she also laid on a ‘VIP’ welcome and awareness-raising session at her Sobey’s store, complete with a variety of delicious cakes to give away (preferably in return for a small donation, of course!). I was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers (I tried so hard to figure out a way of taking them with me on the trike!), but more importantly, SOS Children’s Villages was presented with a cheque for more than $200!

I really was given the VIP treatment when I arrived in Shelburne: I was so very touched!

The tall ships that made it to Shelburne may have been some of the smallest, but they were still pretty impressive to my eyes!

I’m not sure this was a historically authentic pastime for sailors on the tall ships, but it was certainly a very impressive and beautiful show!

This is the River Mersey, in Milton. And yes, it does flow into the ocean at Liverpool!

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  1. glad your enjoying the sites as well..Happy biking


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