We’re on our way!

September 6

Riding Days 1 and 2

Number of rides to date:                               2

Distance of rides since last blog:                   94.42 kms

Total to date:                                                 94.42

Average per ride:                                           47.21              

Remaining Distance:                                      605.58

Average Speed:                                              18.3                

Destination Equivalent:                                 Westerly ride from Charlottletown. Completed 4 sections (of 32) of The Island Walk. To just west of Summerside.

Route Map Rides:                  

DAY ONE

Weather:                               

Sunday was cool and misty. Not real rain, just Nova Scotia sunshine. Very strong headwinds from the Northeast coming home.

Observations:

For the first day of the annual September ride, I was anxious. It has been almost three weeks since I’ve been on a bike. Add the cool windy weather, and I was worried I might not make the 35 kms I need to complete the 700 km Island Walk in PEI (see https://theislandwalk.ca). In the end, everything was OK. But slow and very sore at the end of 40+ kms.

DAY TWO

Weather:

Just fine. But still windy from the northeast—the worst direction for wind-wimp cyclists in Niagara on the Lake.

Observations:

If I have learned anything it is that this is all about distance not speed. After a little fluish thing on Labour Day, I decided to ride today, but almost entirely with the wind. That meant Kathy was my sag wagon, picking me up partway back from Grimsby. The ride was mainly to increase my confidence level. I can’t seem to shake this lingering fatigue…

This is a crazy month. All kinds of events have conspired to push our actual finishing ride in PEI to the last three days of the month. In the meantime, I’m riding here, supported by the occasional peloton, racking up the virtual kilometres I’ll need to finish the complete route.

I’m looking forward to our visit down east. After Yellowknife, it was the really the second stop on our lifelong family journey—it will be 50 years this October! Living in Nova Scotia, we spent two weeks each summer on PEI, camping, lobstering, Green Gabling and so on. This year I will ride in the mornings and Kathy will meet me for an afternoon of tourism wandering.

Just for fun, I’m adding pictures of each section of The Island Walk from the official website. I hope they will get you in the mood…

Just leaving Charlottetown…
The beautiful south coast of PEI

The first four sections of the 32-section (all sections are around 20+ kms) are quite flat leading west out of Charlottetown. There are some great views of the North River in Charlottetown. West of Dunedin, towards Victoria the roads are a characteristic red clay with a beautiful canopy of trees.

We’ve passed a majestic view of the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick, still heading west. Then we’ve ridden right through Summerside on the Confederation Trail.

Doesn’t it make you want to visit?

Everyone’s support has been so heartening. We’ve reached more than half our goal and we’re just getting started.

Thank you for all your support. And thanks for caring.

Santa for Palliative Care

For more information on NOTL Community Palliative Care Service, find: www.notlpc.com.

On donating: Santa for Palliative Care | The Healing Cycle Foundation (crowdchange.ca)

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