Sunday, September 11
Drummondville, QC to Ajax, ON by car.
On our last day on the road we awoke to heavy rain. We were actually thankful not to be riding our bikes today.
We enjoyed our own breakfast this morning despite the continental offering from the hotel. We were on the road by 8am and made good time on the highway. When we saw the sign for the 401 we were both excited and a little sad.
After a quick stop in Cornwall, we arrived at the family cottage in Kingston. We ate lunch there and had a quick dip in the lake before carrying on to Ajax.
I’ll have one more road trip back to Kitchener on Monday and then it will be back to regular life for awhile.
Thanks for following along, I hope you enjoyed the ride..
Saturday, September 10
Fredericton, NB to Cabano, QC by car.
Cabano to Notre Dame du Lac and back 25km
Cabano to Drummondville by car.
The sun was shining brightly when we got up this morning so we went for a short walk because breakfast. Then we got in the car and started driving. After a short stop in Hartland for a break, we switched drivers and carried on into Quebec.
When we got to Cabano on Lake Temiscouata we parked the car and unloaded the bikes. The Petite Temis Rail Trail runs from Riviere du Loup to Edmunston and we planned on riding a short section of it to Notre Dame du Lac and back.
Mom and I first pedaled this trail in 2010 as part of our Quebec City to Halifax trip. The lake looked so nice and we were all tempted to swim. In Notre Dame du Lac we had a picnic lunch before riding back to Cabano.
Then it was back in the car. We stopped in Riviere du Loup to visit the Bis A Boulange bakery. Then we drove for several more hours, ending up in Drummondville.
We had another great picnic supper in our room, our last one on this trip.
Friday, September 9
Seacow Pond, PEI to Fredericton, NB by car.
In and around Fredericton 17km
From our motel room we could hear the surf when we awoke, so before breakfast we walked down to the beach.
It was a great way to start our last day on Prince Edward Island.
We ate in our room as we packed up the car and we almost picked up a hitch hiker.
It was another warm and humid morning and because we weren’t in a rush, we drove the scenic route back from Tignish to the bridge. We stopped in Alberton at the bakery and in West Point at the lighthouse.
Making our way towards the Confederation Bridge, we stopped along the way for some photos.
We stopped again by the bridge to have a picnic lunch before finally making our way off of the island.
It was smooth sailing on the highway and we arrived in Fredericton just after 6pm. After being in the car for most of the day we wanted to stretch our legs, so we hopped on the bikes and did a quick circuit on some level here trails downtown.
The weather was warm, but not humid and we rode around until dark.
After the sun went down we made our way back to where we had parked the car and then to the grocery store. Once we had purchased our supper we drove to the hotel where we’d be spending the night.
It made for a long day, but we are glad we got to do some more pedaling, even if it wasn’t in PEI anymore.
Thursday, September 8
Winslow to Scotchfort 26km
& Seacow Pond to North Cape and back 20km
After a quick breakfast and a lengthy chat at the B&B, we set off from Winslow in good spirits. Once again we set off on the Confederation Trail.
We only had 20 odd kilometers to ride to get to Eddy’s place in Scotchfort where we left our car over a week ago. As a thank you, we took Eddy out for lunch. He drove and took us to a nearby restaurant in Mount Stewart.
After lunch we packed up the car and were on our way.
Retracing a lot of the route we took on the bikes just days earlier, we stopped in New Glasgow at the Cheeselady’s for some gouda, fresh bread and honey butter.
Then we drove up to North Rustico to see the rotating house.
After that we went through Summerside and then north to Tignish. At the CO-OP we bought a few more things for our supper and then carried on to the Island’s End Motel in Seacow Pond. It was just after 6pm by this time and we still wanted to see the lighthouse at North Cape so we hopped on the bikes and got going.
It didn’t take us long to ride to North Cape and once we got there we rode the nature trail down the west side to Elephant Rock.
After toodling around on the boardwalk…
…we went back to the Cape to look around.
As dusk set in we decided to head home, so we put our lights on and made the final push.
We arrived back at the motel just before 8pm. We had a late supper and then found–of all things–hockey on TV.
Wednesday, September 7
Kensington to Winslow 58km
With another hot and humid day looming we were up early and on the road by 8:30 this morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at the Victoria Inn.
After a quick stop at Mary’s Bake shop we set off on the trail. It only took us a couple of kilometers to realize we we heading in the wrong direction. Once we were turned around, we set a good pace riding east.
There was quite a bit of shade along the trail so the heat didn’t seem nearly as intense as yesterday’s ride. There was also a brisk SW wind pushing us along for most of the way. We stopped several times to eat, drink, stretch and rest.
Once we arrived in Winslow at the the Trail side B&B we got cleaned up and sat around for awhile. The main reason we chose to stay in Winslow was that my Great great great Grandfather Thomas Pierce farmed a plot of land here. The 100 acres was divided by the railway which is now the Confederation Trail rail trail.
My Mom and I walked over to the old farmhouse and met the current tenant who then directed us to the Frizzles who now live next door. The Frizzles lived in the farmhouse built by Thomas Pierce for 60 years and were fairly familiar with some of the local history.
In true east coast fashion, they invited us in without even knowing what we were there for. Roger and Eva then produced 2 old atlases, one from 1880 and one from before that, which show the various plots of land across the entire island of Prince Edward.
We chatted for awhile and they answered a lot of our questions. By this point it was going on 7pm and we hadn’t had our supper yet so we thanked them for their hospitality and were on our way.
Back at the B&B we met up with Vicki and then walked to the Beijing Restaurant for a delicious meal.
It was another eventful day.
Tuesday, September 6
Cavendish to Kensington 25km
The weather forecast cast called for heat and humidity today so we figured that today’s ride might be a short one. Vicki and I rode into town to get coffee at the Tim’s, but found it closed for the season. We also found some fun sculptures like this bear made from strips of nails…
…And a giant transformer.
After having breakfast in our room we checked out and rode down to Cavendish Beach where we spent an hour or so combing.
It was cloudy and even a little cool, but whenever the sun peeked out you could feel the air almost boiling.
Once we left the beach for the highway the temperature got a lot warmer and the humidity was thick like a blanket. To make matters worse our short route today consisted of one hill after another. The hills were steep and short, providing some spectacular views of the countryside.
Around the halfway point we pulled off of the road to catch our breath beside this expansive potato field.
We arrived in Kensington completely drained and drenched in sweat and recovered in the Island Stone Pub. After some lunch and some water we found a place to stay and set up a rendezvous with my brother Chris and his wife Karon who are also visiting PEI.
We all met at the Victoria Inn where we are spending the night and put together a great grocery store supper in our room.
Everybody ate too much and we swapped stories of our recent adventures on the island. It made for a fairly late night by our standards, but it was totally worth it. They left on their motorcycle and rode back to their campsite, and we all got ready for bed.
The weather tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter. It’s like somebody bottled up Ontario weather and uncorked it in PEI.
Monday, September 5.
Charlottetown to Cavendish : 70km
Sunny, sunny, sunny with a SW wind. 26C
Although it was a holiday today, Vicki found a place for us to get coffee called the Kettle Black.
Walking back to the hotel we spotted this inspiring piece of art.
By the time we got back to the hotel we had missed the hot breakfast, but we were still pretty full from our dinner last night.
Once we were packed up with the bikes loaded we rode north out of Charlottetown to PEI National Park where there is a paved trail beside the road and right by the sand dunes and Gulf of St Lawrence. We crossed a bridge over Covehead Bay while the tide was going out.
We stopped at Brackley Beach for a late lunch and then took a walk on the beach for dessert. It was quite a scene at the beach with people everywhere.
It was hot already and it was getting hotter so we had to keep moving. The next stretch of highway was incredibly busy and although it was very scenic it was hard to fully appreciate it. Once we got to the park in Cavendish there was another paved trail to ride along.
We kept pedaling away and snacking to keep our strength up.
When we reached the end of the park the end was in sight. Just around the bend was our cottage for the night. Once we checked in we went out for dinner. It was only a 2km walk each way, but we could use the exercise. Our meal was excellent again and the restaurant – Chez Yvonne – was bustling.
Back in our room we had our usual evening chores and activities.
See you on Tuesday.