Today’s Mileage: 184 miles
Total Trip Mileage so far: 2355 miles
RideAbout65 Day 10 report. Left the Delta hotel early – I would ride the central part of PEI today and stop along the way for breakfast. I went North out of Charlottetown toward the coast and the PEI National Park. There was very little traffic and the road north took me by a lot of farms. There seems to be a lot of cattle farms in addition to crops. As I got up to the coast there was a fishing village every few miles. In the first larger village I stopped for breakfast at a small café. The people were friendly and the service was, as always, exceptional. The coffee was good and the food even better. I sat for a while, read the local paper, and talked to several people about my trip and the weather (everyone talks weather…). From there I continued east along the coast stopping here and there to look at lighthouses and other interesting things…and as always, every time I stopped, talk to someone. Once I had stopped to look at my map and a guy drove up in a golf cart seemingly from no where to ask if I needed help. By now I was getting used to helpfulness of the locals but it is sometimes still a surprise. Anyway, this guy also had two golden retrievers riding with him in the cart. They were happy to greet me and get their ears scratched. I continued around my loop, passing through the larger towns of Kensington and Summerside. I now had to start thinking about what I would do next – I examined the thought of riding the Cabot Trail but based on my travels so far I knew I was looking at about 4 days to get over to it, ride it, and get back. My knee had been bothering me from all the time in the saddle and I finally made the decision that some things would have to be left to a future return trip. And I still had a lot of good roads between here and home. So back over the bridge I went and then a quick run back into Nova Scotia to get the t-shirts I failed to get the first time. My next destination was Moncton, NB – a fairly large city where I would stop for the night and consider my plan – or should I say, make a plan – I have really made each days tentative plan the night before with not much advance planning other than the big picture – for example: “ride to Nova Scotia”. Oh, by the way, no rain today even though everyone said it would.