Posted by: sunnyharvy | September 16, 2012

Flat land, at last

PEI is the first bike-friendly province we’ve visited on this trip. It offers a network of dedicated bike trails over reasonably flat terrain. The others were quite mountainous with only roads (without bike lanes) to ride on, which we did not find conducive. We celebrated by dusting off the bikes and taking a ride on the local branch of the Confederation Trail. This rail bed conversion crisscrosses the island for several hundred kilometers. The segment near Murray Harbour is a very pleasant, mostly flat ride protected from today’s wind by trees on both sides. We saw one walker and one other bike rider during over the course of our 3+ hour ride.

After lunch we took advantage of our hosts’ shower and filled our water tanks before getting back on the road this afternoon.

We headed up the east coast Route #17 passing several small working harbors, picturesque bays, more lighthouses, and red sand dunes. There was also more farmlands and even an organic farm where we purchased some goodies. We quickly toured the charming waterfront village of Georgetown before settling down for the night next to the old train depot in Cardigan. The depot functions as a base for the local farmer’s market during the summer months.

Sunny, windy and cool. 59 miles

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