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Tour de Cabot
     August 1, 2007 — Mark Bowlan

This will be the seventh time returning to the beautiful trails of Cabot. We invite anyone who is interested to join in the fun of the ride.

We have a new CPEI sponsor for this event.   Tents for Events will be providing support equipment and logistics to assist in keeping the experience high and the costs low!

The dates on our calendar include Friday to travel to Cape Breton. Most of us are content to drive home after our final ride on the third day so I didn't add an extra day for travel home.  We'll be starting at the (old) KOA campground in Baddeck.  Remember that Monday is a holiday so you can likely do the whole trip without taking time off work unless you work on weekends.

Each day averages 100k or so. Some days are tougher than others but don't let that deter you from joining. We'll be going in a clockwise orientation this year to correspond again with the group(s) from Halifax.  The thought of cycling the Cabot Trail may be intimidating to some but I can guarantee that you will find the level of involvement that is right for you and simply love the tour. Set your own personal goal or simply come to enjoy time with your friends and the incredible beauty of the trail.   The intent is to include not deter.

The general information that you need to know is as follows; all participants are encouraged to travel to Baddeck and car pool where possible. Vehicles that aren't used as support are left in Baddeck until we complete the loop. Costs associated with traveling to and from your location to Baddeck is not included in the costs of the Tour. The cost of the Tour ($100) does include...  support vehicles, breakfast (Sat, Sun, Mon) and dinner (Fri, Sat, Sun)  (Lunch not provided), transportation of gear between campsites, camp fees, trail fees etc..   A current Cycling PEI general membership is required for cycling participants ($20).

Riders are discouraged from bringing loads of camping gear and cooking supplies. If you have a huge tent, consider sharing it with others. Campsites generally limit how many tents can be placed on a given location. Less is more.

We are looking for a few vehicles/people to assist in providing support.  

The key to this being a successful event is early registration to book campsites, plan food and logistics.  Please consider contacting me as soon as you can by e-mail or phone to save your spot on the Tour!   Contact info is  mark@thebowlans.com,  902 569-4628, please leave a message if I'm not at home.

If you haven't joined us in the past, or have never even been on the trail, ask someone who has. I'm sure you'll hear some interesting stories. Please pass on this invitation to others.

Some links for your interest:

CPEI Event Details Page

http://www.cabottrail.com/
http://explore.gov.ns.ca/

See you on the road!


Mark Bowlan



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