Published: July 28th 2011July 26th 2011
A new sign to mark our morning route
The plan for today was to make it to Therese's Aunt's Sister's house just outside Montague, PEI where we would meet some family, enjoy a nice house, and spend some time relaxing. Montague is only a short 60-ish km from the University in Charlottetown, so we knew we had time to spare. We decided to sleep in a little in the morning, and didn't head to the university cafeteria until about 8:00. When we got there, we bumped into the Assphat Wheelers again, and had a nice relaxing meal with them, discussing more about our respective trips, and plans for the next few days, and biking in general. These guys were really great, and it was fun spending a meal with them. We also exchanged Blog addresses. By the time our relaxing breakfast was over, and we had gotten back to our rooms and packed up and checked out, and then made a quick stop at shoppers to pick up a few last minute things (most importantly more sunscreen - week 4 and bottle 4, we're pretty consistent at a bottle a week), we didn't get on the road until 10 am or so. As we got started we ran into
We Miss It!
With our lack of McDonalds breakfast lately, our favourite part of this picture is the background
the PEI rolling hills and winds we'd come to expect. Still, we handled them well and made good time.
At our first break around 11:30, we checked Eric's phone for an email he'd been waiting for. The previous day he had gotten a call about an interview for a lecturing job he had applied for back at home. As he obviously couldn't attend the interview, a phone interview was being arranged, and the email he was waiting for was to see what time they wanted to call him. When we checked, the email had arrived asking if he would be available at 2:30 pm today. Not much notice, but we figured that we could make it to Montague by then (that's 3:30 for us with the time difference), so he said yes, and we got back on the road, planning to head straight.
In Montague we stopped to pick up our groceries for the next couple of days, and then for a quick lunch. We thought there would be plenty of time, but after the lunch we were feeling rushed, especially as "just past Montague" is different on a bike than it is in a car. We tried
Our Welcome Party
Mary, Paul Jr. and our sweaty selves on arrival
to go as fast as possible, but the hills were as large and rolling as ever, and the bracket on Eric's shoe seemed to have finally given out, it was a stressful ride. We would later realize that the bracket, though in bad shape and not functioning as well as it should, was still working, and the trouble at that time was caused by some gum Eric had stepped in, probably just outside the restaurant - this was easy to fix once we were done for the day.
We arrived at our destination at 3:05, giving Eric about 25 minutes to prepare for his interview, but at least we weren't worried about missing it. After the 15 minute call, which went well, we did our daily work on the bikes (greasing the chains, pumping the tires, adjusting the alignment), and were done with them for the night, all by 4:00 pm. Then we got clean, and relaxed, enjoying the generous hospitality of the Demeulenaeres. We had a wonderful dinner of pork tenderloin, with fresh PEI potatoes, a broccoli salad (with bacon), steamed carrots and steamed green beans. Everything was great, and we realized how much we've been missing a
Eric and Buffalo
This time there were baby buffalo too
good selection vegetables lately - we try to get them when we can, but its not always easy, and often salad is the best choice.
After dinner, Mary and Paul took us for a little ride in their truck to see their farm where they used to grow tobacco, but have now changed to wild blueberries. They also rent out a large amount of the land they own, and some of that is being used for blueberries, other of it for rye, or other grains for animals, who was the. Then we went to see some more buffalo at the Buffaloland national park which is beside their place. When we came back we were visited by their daughter Tina, and her husband and kids. Paul Jr. was also around for the entire visit except on our truck ride.
By the time everyone left we were exhausted, so planned out our route to the ferry (only about a 25 km trip), and went to sleep, intending to plan the rest of our route during the 75 minute ferry ride tomorrow.
Departure time: 10:00 am
Arrival time: 3:05 pm
Total distance travelled: 57.3 km
Total time on bike:
This nice backdrop was right beside the welcome sign
Average speed: 18.4 km/h
Trip distance: 1873.05 km
- E and T