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    cabot trail tour

    i'm taking a weeklong trip with a friend around cape breton and the cabot trail in nova scotia. we will be traveling the first week of july, flying in and out of the sydney aiprort. neither of us has ever flown with our bikes before, and we have a couple of logistical questions:

    1. we plan on flying with our bikes in hard case carriers. for those that have traveled this way, where do you store the case while you are biking? we may stay in a hotel the first and last nights. does anybody have experience leaving bike cases at a hotel?

    2. we plan on starting the trail at st. ann's, which is around 35 miles from the airport. how difficult is it to bike from the airport to st. ann's? what is traffic like in and around sydney? i don't imagine it being too crowded, but wanted to take this into consideration.

    thanks for any/all information that you could provide!

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    If you stay in a hotel first and last night many hotels would be willing to store your case fro you. Arrange that ahead of time and get the agreement in writing.

    Be aware that a bicycle case is heavy. Mine is 28lbs. Don't load your case down with items or you may be over weight as well as oversize and be charged double. Some airlines and even some ticket agents will ignore the overweight limit but you can't be sure.
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    You might get a better deal shipping fedx or ups to your hotel a week or so ahead. Check shipping fees against air liggage expense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb View Post
    You might get a better deal shipping fedx or ups to your hotel a week or so ahead. Check shipping fees against air liggage expense
    OP is from the US. Shipping to Canada could create problems with customs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morskija View Post
    i'm taking a weeklong trip with a friend around cape breton and the cabot trail in nova scotia. we will be traveling the first week of july, flying in and out of the sydney aiprort. neither of us has ever flown with our bikes before, and we have a couple of logistical questions:

    1. we plan on flying with our bikes in hard case carriers. for those that have traveled this way, where do you store the case while you are biking? we may stay in a hotel the first and last nights. does anybody have experience leaving bike cases at a hotel?

    2. we plan on starting the trail at st. ann's, which is around 35 miles from the airport. how difficult is it to bike from the airport to st. ann's? what is traffic like in and around sydney? i don't imagine it being too crowded, but wanted to take this into consideration.

    thanks for any/all information that you could provide!
    I'm guessing that since you're asking this kind of question, you haven't made any reservations yet and plan on 'winging' things with your friend. One word of advice.

    DON'T!

    You've planned to hit the Cabot Trail during peak tourist season when random vacancies are next to non-existent. Your chances of randomly finding a vacency ANYWHERE anytime after 3:00pm are about on par with your chances of winning the lottery. A better strategy would be to contact an outfit like Atlantic Canada Cycling and reserve a spot on one of their tours. Bicycle case storage then becomes a non-issue, as does the chances of being left with no place to put up for the night. A bonus might be that they have a support vehicle that'll mule your 'stuff' for you, and guides that'll make the tour more interesting.

    Alternatively, an outfit like adventures.ca offer B&B's as an alternative to camping, (at a higher price) but a similar no-risk experience.
    Last edited by Burton; 03-24-12 at 08:20 PM.

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