The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: Pedaling for five days on the 184-mile paved loop around Cape Breton Island. You'll pass Acadian fishing villages and vast stands of coniferous forest, with side excursions into Cape Breton National Park.
When to go: June to October
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Travel advisory: Make sure your bike has new brake pads. The route has two long downhills so steep that local drivers used to drag logs behind their cars to aid in braking.