After the lunchtime cèilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre on the Wednesday of the festival I began a long meander looking, mostly unsuccessfully, for photo opportunities under the several layers of white stratus clouds that began taking over the sky, gradually eating up all of the blue spaces well before dusk. I travelled south on the Cèilidh Trail and took a side excursion on the Chisholm Road in Long Point, which I had not travelled in several years. 1.6 km (1 mi) to the east and northeast, a right turn leads onto the General Line Road. I was previously unaware that the General Line Road (which I had previously explored from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 105) in Lexington (north of Port Hastings) as far as the Creignish Mountain Road) continued so far to the north, so I turned down it. After the stop for the photos on this page, I drove another 75 m (250 ft) around the curve, where I found a house and the end of the road; it appeared to continue as a path through the forest to the south, though it was clearly not driveable. The Nova Scotia Atlas shows the road continuing north from Creignish Rear to a dead end between Long Point and Craigmore, but doesn’t show the General Line Road off the Chisholm Road at all. I have not explored the General Line Road north of the Creignish Mountain Road, but my recollection is that it appeared to be of questionable drivability. In any case, I have now added it to my to-do list. I have been unable to learn anything certain about the provenance of the somewhat unusual name, possibly referring to a historical surveying line; it does not appear to refer to a military figure.
Photo #1 shows the General Line Road where I stopped for photos of the leaves in the adjacent trees. Some sun was reaching the road, bringing out the pretty colours.
Photo #2 shows some fine red leaves, but with many still undergoing change. Lovely leaves!
Photo #3 is of a small tree at the side of the road; It too is still undergoing change, but most of its leaves are at their peak. I just love the red leaves of fall!