Wow - wasn't that a party?
This was the first one of Ron's Outdoor adventures I
have been on. I have known Ron for a loooooong time,
and have been meaning to get out on one of these for a
Now that I can't run, I thought that it was about
This sounded like a fun time and my wife Nancy and dog
Tess could/would probably want to come along.
Whenever you do something with Ron you just know he
has worked on it and it will be first class and well
organized. This was no exception.
We all met at Tim's by the #7 and Forest Hills
Parkway. We, Ron, Norm Stein, Dawn Gillingham, Mark
and David Keneford (father and son), Karen
White-Smith, my Wife Nancy, our dog Tess, and I headed
off for Musquodoboit. Before long we were onto a
pretty good dirt road heading into the deepest parts
of Nova Scotia's woods.
We parked the cars and headed off on a real good woods
road (just as Ron had explained). Nancy and I hung
back as this was going to be a first for our dog. We
waited till the rest got out of sight before letting
Tess go. She has been on walks with us before but this
was surely going to be different.
She was off like a shot and caught up to the rest in
no time at all. It is hard for a dog to pace herself
when she doesn't know she is in for a 42 K run.
After a couple of hours, we stopped and had a nice
lunch by an open fire where Ron gave us the geology
and history of the area. We then biked the last k or
2. We parked (?) the bikes on an off road and started
the hike. It was less than a k before we made the old
After a bit of civil engineering to help take some of
the water away from the entrance, we cautiously made
our way inside.
This was my first time inside any mine but a guided
tour in a Cape Breton coal mine 25 yrs ago. This one
has a main shaft that went back about 150 ft with 3 or
so side shafts. They were all level, so there were no
holes or climbs involved. The place had tons of small
brown bats that were hanging by their toenails from
the top. As the mine was only about 8 feet wide by 7
feet tall, you could get a real close look at them.
They had the same condensation on them as was on the
mine roof and they absolutely glistened. It turns out
that this is their overwintering place and they sort
of hibernate here as the temperature remains constant
throughout our winter.
We headed out after the obligatory picture taking
(that is the last one of these where I don't take a
camera with me)and started our ride back.
Very quickly Nancy's pedal began to give problems and
fell off. The threads were stripped and she pedaled on
one pedal the rest of the way. I don't think Tess
minded the slower pace back and I know I sure as heck
We still made it out in 2 hrs. and headed home via the
Dollar Lake Rt which in our case was about 25 minutes
All in all a great day and I am sold on what I am
doing weekends this winter.