A rickety surf rig on wheels. A guide named Don Quixote. No cellphone. Louisbourg or Bust is RC Shaw’s spandex-free pilgrimage up a haunted coastline. Fuelled by Hungry Man Stew and blind optimism, Shaw battles potholed hills and remote waves en route to the Fortress of Louisbourg.
With a Nova Scotia road map in one hand and a fat copy of Don Quixote in the other, Shaw hatches a plan. He builds The Rig, a Frankenstein-inspired bicycle-plus-trailer to haul his camping gear and surf stuff. Then he circles Louisbourg with a black Sharpie and vows to take the fortress back from its malevolent tourist occupiers. Finally, on a clear June morning, he kisses his family goodbye and creaks off down the road in search of adventure for adventure’s sake. No cellphone, no safety net. Just the restless pulse of the Atlantic Ocean as it rips and tears at the coastline of the Eastern Shore.
As the lark gets real, Shaw is forever changed by the gnarly soul of Nova Scotia’s fogbound, fading coastline.
RC Shaw is a writer, surfer, teacher and father living in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. He has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College and his work has been published in The Surfer’s Journal, The Coast and The Chronicle Herald. His first book, Louisbourg or Bust, was published by Pottersfield Press in 2018. He is currently working on a children’s book about an otter who surfs.
In “Europe, One Step at a Time,” the reader joins me on a 6,000-kilometre hike from southwest Portugal to northeast Estonia. With my retirement came the opportunity to take six trips to Europe to fulfill the dream of walking each step of the way across that continent.
Unfortunately, a gang assaulted me in a park soon after I started on this adventure. I returned home to heal my wounds, gather my courage and return to the trail more determined to reach that faraway goal.
Morning sunshine could bring the twitter of birds, or a thunderstorm might doom me to being splashed by passing trucks. Finding a bed for the night proved challenging, but hiking vast distances was rewarding.
In the rhythm of placing one foot in front of the other, my brain reviewed old memories as I came to terms with the challenges of my early years. The reader can join me on the two journeys: one took me along a path across Europe; the other led through the recesses of my mind.
Joseph Koot retired from a nurse manager position in the federal prison system to become an author. During retirement, Joseph hiked across Europe, which provided material and energy for the five books he has written.
His wife Joanne retired from a teaching career after they had raised five children in their home in the country overlooking Shepody Bay. Now Joseph and Joanne enjoy the youthfulness of their grandchildren.
Finally, the guidebook cycling enthusiasts have been waiting for: Where to Cycle in Nova Scotia brings together the collective knowledge of experienced cycling guide Adam Barnett and his peers at Bicycle Nova Scotia to bring you the best routes to cycle in the province, from the Cape Breton Highlands to the rugged Eastern, North, South, and French Shores, to the vibrant Annapolis Valley, Truro, and urban Halifax. Each route features easy-to-navigate turn-by-turn directions, as well as difficulty level, distance and duration of ride, and fun activities—like museums, hikes, beaches, and wineries—to explore along the way.
This compact, portable guidebook will find a happy home in the bike bags and backpacks of anyone who has ever dreamed of cycling in this beautiful province. Features colour insert as well as trail maps, and a full-colour fold-out map of Nova Scotia showing all routes.
Adam Barnett has spent many years exploring Nova Scotia, leading him to believe the sweetest spots are located at the end of a dirt road, and the best way to get there is by bicycle. He has worked as a cycling guide all over Eastern Canada and dedicates his time to mapping out trails and routes in order to share with others to help increase the profile of Nova Scotia as an outdoor destination.