Hairpin mountain curves and Bell’s Museum in Nova Scotia
Other than checking occasionally in the dashboard backup camera, I never see the tow car following faithfully behind our Winnebago Aspect motorhome. It happened coming down from the mountains on Highway 105 just a few miles from North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
The grounds at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, overlooks Bras d’or Lake.
We had been driving along highways 104 and 105 from Truro, NS, surprised to see dozens of motorhomes heading in the opposite direction and was even more surprised a few miles down the road when we passed a huge race track that was emptying fans from a weekend of professional auto racing.
After driving across the Canso Causeway and entering Cape Briton Island, Highway 105 took us along the shores of Bras d’or Lake, a huge inland fresh water sea, with depths of almost 1,000 feet. The lake stretches for 62-miles before emptying into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.
The mountain views around the lake are impressive, so much so that they attracted inventor Alexander Graham Bell who built a home on the lake’s east side and where he conducted many of his experiments.
Alexander Graham Bell’s Silver Dart was the first powered airplane flight in Canada in 1909 and hangs from the rafters at his museum in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
“I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all,” Bell said.”
He said it reminded him of his home in Scotland.
There is a museum in Baddeck that houses much of Bell’s work.
Nearing North Sydney, we were descending the east slope of Kelly’s Mountain and were cautioned to slow down ahead because of a couple sharp bends in the highway. There were two 180-degree hairpin curves, where we slowed to about 15 or 20 miles per hour. I happened to look in the side mirror of the RV and was surprised to see the tow car. That has never happened before that I recall.
Highway 105 was named for Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell in 2010.
Cooking salmon over a wood fire at a restaurant in Nova Scotia.Highway 105 was named for Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Highway in 2010.
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