Pedaling in PEI : Day 3

Tuesday, August 30.

Scotchfort to Cable Head : 36km

Sunny with some clouds. 17C.

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We stopped near the trail to have some breakfast before we carried on to Eddy’s place in Scotchfort to park the car.
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Eddy was expecting us and graciously showed us the path through his yard that intersects the Confederation Trail.

After saying thanks and good-bye we were finally away on our bikes. We rode east leaving a hungry crowd of mosquitoes in our wake. Immediately we were surrounded by beautiful scenery.
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Where we were starting from is on the eastern part of the island, also known as Points East. We passed through Mount Stewart and stopped for a break in Morell.
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From there until St. Peters the trail hugged the shoreline of St. Peters Bay.
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We were all starting to feel our legs tiring so we slowed down to soak in the view.
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Once we arrived in town the folks at the tourist information centre were able to help us secure a place to stay for the night. We were hungry again and we had some time to kill so we went to Rick’s Fish and Chips for a late lunch.

We sat for awhile in the sun on the patio. I guess they forgot about us, but when they remembered to serve us, we got some delicious food placed in front of us.
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We had one final push to our B&B and it involved a short but steep hill. Once we got settled in the room, we really got settled.
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After some serious problem solving we finally figured out our route for the next few days and more importantly, we figured out where we will be sleeping.

Details to come.

Pedaling in PEI : Day 4

Wednesday, August 31.

Cable Head to Campbell’s Cove: 48km

During our tasty breakfast at the B&B we chatted with a couple from Vancouver and our hostess Liz.
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Once we loaded up the bikes we rode a few kilometers and down the hill into St Peters. At the gas station we picked up some food items to add to our mobile pantry.
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We picked up the trail where we left off at the tourist office and headed east. There were a few other riders setting off at the same time and we traded places with them several times along our route. After 20km of riding we stopped for lunch at a picnic table in the shade.
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After lunch we kept on pedaling. When we intersected Baltic Road we had a choice to make. Carry on along the trail to Elmira and then back track on the road to our campaigns, or take Baltic Road up to hwy 16 and then to the campground. We chose the shorter of the two and went directly to Campbell’s Cove.
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After initially dreading sleeping in a shed, we were delighted by our destination for the night.
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The campground has quirky signs everywhere, basically instructing you to have fun and enjoy. Not to mention we have an ocean view…
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…and are steps from the beach.
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After a nice walk along the cove it was time for our picnic supper. We gathered up all the food we had been carrying and walked over to laundry/kitchen shelter to prepare our supper. No one else was supping there so we made ourselves at home. After we ate we walked on the beach again and after a little rain and the sunset we headed back to our shed.
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It is quite cozy in here with the three of us, but we are also looking forward to moving on in the morning.
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Pedaling in PEI : Day 2

Monday, August 29.

Riviere du Loup, QC to Summerside, PEI by car.

Sun and cloud with rain and wind. 21C

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This morning we awoke to an impressive vista overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

After a quick trip to the IGA we ate breakfast at the hotel before hitting the road. We have some other family traveling out east right now so we planned a rendezvous in Saint Leonard.

Without much trouble we found them.

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My brother Chris and my sister-in-law are en route to the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, Nova Scotia. Mom and Vicki were digging their ride or perhaps they were showing off in front of the Windsor Spitfire hockey boys?

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Once all of us were on the road again we were zipping along through New Brunswick. I suggested we stop at the place where we got those tasty chips one time. Florenceville? Nope. Hartley? Close. Back up by the highway we found the Covered Bridge Chip factory and loaded up.

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We have been practicing the rolling picnic technique, eating snacks while driving. When we run low on food or see something tempting, we stop.
Such as at the Green Pig Farm Market.

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The weather did what it wanted today. Sporadic rain drops, sunshine and then as we were crossing the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island it suddenly produced strong wind gusts and a huge double rainbow.

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We crossed slowly, but safely to the island and stopped at the visitor centre for some information.

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By the time we arrived in Summerside, the sky cleared up and the sun came out.

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We took a quick tour of town – missed a turn – and found the grocery store. 8pm and it is supper time!

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Tomorrow we plan on actually riding our bikes. Seriously!

Pedaling in PEI

Sunday, August 28.

Ajax, ON to Riviere du Loup, PQ. 938km by car.

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Welcome to our latest adventure. It was hot and humid when we left Ajax this morning and it was 12C and wet when we arrived in Riviere du Loup just after 9pm.

We stopped a few times along the way to stretch, snack and switch drivers. There are 3 of us on this trip, my Mom, my sister Vicki and myself.

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We will have one more day of driving tomorrow until we reach Prince Edward Island.

Stay tuned for more…