Cycling the 'Celtic shores trail' in Inverness, Cape Breton
Ever since I moved to Cape Breton I’ve been wanting to check out the Trans-Canada Trail. I have a love for cycling but being an avid road cyclist I didn’t want to take my expensive road bicycle on a crushed gravel trail.
Armed with a new mountain bicycle, Roman and I tackled part of the trail. We started off at the beginning (closest to home) in Inverness. The trail pretty much starts at the Inverness Beach which has ample parking (no worries having to park the car on the road). The trail is exactly what I was hoping it would be; it’s not too wide and it’s fairly flat, which allows for a nice leisurely ride - but you CAN peddle faster and make it a wicked workout!
The canopy of trees that shelters you is simply wonderful. It was marvelous to be biking on a safe, secure trail - you don’t have to worry about traffic - except for when it intersects a road. It’s really calm to be out there with the trees. We only went for about an hour’s ride because the trail was flooded ahead (lots of recent spring rainfall). Next time we’ll go much further and explore a different part of the trail. We just really wanted to get a taste of the trail this time.
It was also really nice to see other people using the trail, other cyclists and people out for an evening walk.
Afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat at the golf course, and then we were on our way home!
We can't wait to check out the other sections of the trail - especially the ones that hug the coastline from Mabou onwards. Stay tuned for the next post and check out the website for the Celtic Shore Trail at www.celticshores.ca