Coming soon: ADV / bisport guide in Cape Breton

Photo: Zac Kurylyk

With pandemic restrictions constantly coming and going, it’s a little difficult to plan a motorcycle trip this summer. But, whether it’s this year or next, there’s a new DIY option for planning dual sport / adventure tours. In a few weeks, the Trail Trash ADV channel will publish the Cabot Trail Dualsport and Adventure Motorcycle Guide.

Cape Breton Trails

For decades, the Cabot Trail has been the focus of most motorcycle travel in Cape Breton.

How to: Travel the Cabot Trail

However, the island’s unpaved road and trail system is just as exciting as the paved sections, maybe even more so. We also explored part of this system, but the lack of time makes it difficult for non-locals to properly plan trips. There are resources like the Backroad Mapbooks that can help you out, but you will always find problems with GPS trails designed for ATVs and snowmobiles.

Trail Tests: Bisport Riding in Cape Breton

This is where the Trail Trash ADV chain project comes in. For the past year, Colin MacEachern, a resident of Nova Scotia, has been working on a co-ed sports guide in Cape Breton, with the help of other cyclists. The idea is that with the new guide you can get to Cape Breton and think outside the box, but also enjoy the famous street race. “When the guide is ready, MacEachern will post the GPS file and a series of accompanying videos through its Trail Trash YouTube channel.

A long-term project

MacEachern started creating the trail guide about a year ago – maybe you could call it a COVID project. But, that’s based on years of his own trips to Cape Breton, and comparing his own notes and GPS tracks with data from other runners. Even now, after months of work, he says the guide he is preparing is not complete. It is based on the area around the Cabot Trail and points of interest in that region.

“There are so, so many sections across Cape Breton that I would have loved to photograph and explore, but time, money and other factors made it impossible this time around and so the goal was to get people to places that are easily missed. near “the Cabot Trail itself,” MacEachern says.

He plans to release his project’s GPS file in June, after a last-minute scouting trip to ensure his mapped trails are still passable.

We’ll keep you posted when that happens, and who knows? It might be a good CMG riding destination this summer.

See the Trail Trash YouTube channel here for a preview of the fun to come.

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