Pointe du Chêne (NB) to Charlottetown (PE)
Aug 16, 2013
|I awoke at 4:45 am, packed up my gear and had breakfast. We all found that the mosquitos were surprisingly aggressive and we were happy to get on our way.
The route had us continuing on Highway 133 through Barachois and Robichaud, then joining Highway 15 through Botsford Portage and Shemogue. From there we were to take a short cut along Highway 955 to Highway 16, then to the Confederation Bridge, which joins New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. Bicycles and pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge, so we were to take a shuttle service across it, then continue along Highway 1 to Charlottetown, taking side road detours whenever possible to avoid the traffic.
I rode again on my own today and followed the recommended route initially. However, a section of Highway 955 was being re-paved and I was faced with 4 km of large loose gravel which I found essentially impossible to ride on safely. Instead of continuing, I took a dirt side road back to Highway 15, and joined Highway 16 from there, which added about 10 km to my ride. I arrived at the shuttle pick-up point at about 9:30 am. The other riders arrived soon thereafter (they all rode/walked the gravel road).
We then waited for two hours for our turn to take the shuttle (mosquitos were bad there too), as there was only a single 9-person van (with a 7 bicycle trailer) providing the service that morning. By noon we had crossed the bridge and entered Prince Edward Island, our eighth Province on the tour.
Back on my bicycle, I decided to take Highway 1 all the way to Charlottetown since traffic was not very heavy and the road had a decent shoulder in most sections. Contrary to my expectation that PEI would be flat, the road had continuously rolling hills, some of which had me back in my lowest gear. Maybe that is just an indication that my legs were starting to fade after nearly 7,000 km of cycling.
As I came into town, I stopped at a Wendy's for a quick lunch, then proceeded to Glendenning Hall at Holland College in the downtown area, where we will be spending our rest day, arriving at about 1:45 pm.
For dinner I went to the Lobster on the Wharf restaurant, where I had a large Greek salad, a baked fresh halibut with rice and vegetables, all washed down with some Sauvignon Blanc and topped off with a chocolate cake and coffee. The view was great and the food was excellent.
GPS Coordinates: 46o14'24"N, 63o7'11"W
Weather: Sunny and warm
Distance Travelled: 130 km