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We’re back safe and sound from our journey to the United States to once again represent Nova Scotia as Booth #1 at the Americade in Lake George, New York; the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally.
Being the 30th Year celebrations, attendance was high (despite a rainy start to the week) and we spoke with thousands of motorcyclists over the 5-day event. It was great to see so many faces from home that had attended the rally and some of our first booth visitors were from New Glasgow, NS and Fredericton, NB. We also had groups from Yarmouth, Halifax, Cape Breton and the Valley area stop by & say hello. Someone grabbed our camera and took this shot of us at our booth.
On our way to and from the event we stopped at 11 Harley-Davidson dealerships throughout Maine, Mass., New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and New York — all eager to distribute our Motorcycle Guide to their visiting motorcyclists. We really appreciate the support from everyone who gives a guide to a visiting motorcyclist to help them make the most of their time in Nova Scotia. Photos are up now on our website at SmugMug under 2012 rallies.
This year we were proud to be able to be a Grand Prize supporter of the event and give away a “8 Day & Night Expense Paid Trip in Nova Scotia” during the Gala Closing Ceremonies on Friday night at the “6 Flags Resort”.
This prize package was generously donated by members of DEANS – Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores, Cape Breton Bikefest & their supporters, NS Museums, the Dartmouth Super8 Hotel and ourselves. For more information on the prize you can view the itinerary at http://www.motorcycletourguidens.com/win
The winners of the “8 Day & Night Expense Paid Trip in Nova Scotia” are Ralph & Rosalynde Woodcock of Burlington, Ontario. They are very excited to be returning to Nova Scotia this summer and have ridden here many times over the years. Ralph was not in attendance at the ceremonies to accept the prize, but sent us a photo of themselves with their motorcycles after they heard they had won the package. Congrats and have a safe trip!
Each year we like to visit something unique and new to us after the rally is over and this year we heard of the opening of a new Motorcycle Museum in Newburgh, New York — Motorcyclepedia Museum and Motordrome — and it became our first destination after we packed up our booth in Lake George.
This place is jaw-dropping amazing! We easily spent 3 hours touring the exhibits and I am sure Harold could have spent the rest of the week examining everything in detail. With 85,000 sq. ft the museum has displays on anything and everything to do with motorcycling. With nearly 400 motorcycles exhibited from 1897 to present, you will see makes and models you may have never known existed. The museum even has 2 Walls of Death in the basement exhibit area. This is a must if you are ever near New York. For directions and more information on the museum visit: http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org
Here is Harold with Scott Cavalari, one of the founding members of the museum board and official museum photographer. Our guides are now available at the museum. I hope to have photos uploaded later this week, so check back and have a look at this amazing museum.
Now that Harold had his special treat, it was my turn.
From the museum we headed northeast through Connecticut and headed to the coast to visit Salem, Mass. Since meeting a lady at Churchill Mansion in Yarmouth years ago, who vowed to be a “Wickan” and travelled every year to Salem at Halloween, I had a burning curiosity about the famous Witch Trials. We were lucky to find a lovely room on the harbour around 7pm that night and proceeded to walk around the town and visited the historical graveyard and memorial just before the sunset.
Early the next morning we visited the Salem Witch Museum for a historical reenactment of the witch trials and history of the area. Great fun and a charming town. Will have photos up later this week in travel section of SmugMug on our website.
Packed up and ready to go, we next visited Gloucester, just a few miles up the coast. With a strong fishing heritage in both our families, this town was a common name as our families had fished with fishers from this small seaport on both the Grand Banks and Browns. Stopping to take a few pictures by the memorial in the heart of the town, Harold met a school teacher who had noticed our Nova Scotia license plate. She eagerly told us that she regularly attends the Christmas Lighting ceremonies each year and the park where Nova Scotia’s tree is displayed was right up the street. Small world isn’t it?
Now it was back to business and after visiting charming Rockport (just a couple of miles away) we headed inland to Laconia Bike Week to see how things were progressing. Weirs Beach was sunny and hot and the motorcyclists were arriving at a steady pace. The beachfront was closed to traffic – open to motorcycles – and parking was at a premium $20 – even up to a couple of miles away. It looked like things were going to be really busy for the weekend as this was only Monday. We spent a few hours and then headed for the coast and towards home. Photos.
Driving till about 8pm we called it a night in the small town of Yarmouth and then getting on the road early the next morning around 7:30, we avoided rush hour traffic and were back in Waverley at 8:30pm on Tuesday night.
We had a great time and met so many great people – a grand way to start the summer.
A reminder the Cape Breton HOG Draw is this weekend … in case you want to attend or get a $50 ticket visit their website at http://www.capebretonhog.com/bikedraw.php or call Blair Stewart at 902-564-2147.
And on Saturday there is the Road Dawgs Poker Run and 2nd CAV Scavenger Hunt/Poker Run. Sunday is the HOG Privateers Ride & Poker Run. All details and contacts in Rallies & Event section of our site.
Ride hard, have fun, and stay safe!