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Published: September 22nd 2013
We loaded up the truck and with some quick verbal directions made a quick dash out of Sydney with the goal of reaching the PEI ferry for the 13:00 departure. Two minutes later we’re already lost and for some reason the gps was not making any sense, seemingly making us go around in circles or down dead end streets. After mistaking the turn in 150 metres to a turn now and ending up going the wrong way on a one way street, We stopped and tried to get our bearings. Finally we head out on what we figure is a main road only to find it’s sent us on the slower path back out of Cape Breton again. Down the road, we figure we’ll save some time by taking the 216 across so we can meet up with the faster transcanada hwy. 20 minutes into a bumpy 60 km/hr native road through a reserve we realize that making the 13:00 ferry is only going to be possible if I have a hidden warp speed button on this vehicle that wasn’t mentioned in owner’s manual. Realizing that we have another 2 ¾ hours we take it easy and enjoy the scenery, which
ends up including a long bridge and a short ride on a small ferry that could hold about 8 cars. Finally reaching the trans-canada, we pull up to the PEI ferry just in time to see it leave dock. “Hey, wait for us!”, I mock exclaimed as we pulled up #4 in line behind the first car to load onto the next Ferry. With some time to waste, we have some homemade soup and French fries at the cafeteria and explore the area around the docks. In no time it’s time to go and we end up travelling up a steep ramp and onto the top deck of the ferry. We thought this was great, we could sit in the truck and have a great view of the crossing. Unfortunately we were not allowed to stay in the vehicle and had to go up to the passenger deck. We had tea, then when up to an even higher deck to look around. The wind was strong but not very cold and there was hardly any swell on the water. The slight vibration of the engine, serene beauty of ocean around us, shoreline fading behind us and the PEI shoreline full of promise coming into view ahead of us made for a relaxing and mesmerizing journey. The sun was in the west as we landed and everyone bolted off the boat. Still following the gps I made a few turns as instructed and looked behind to see most of the motorcycles on the boat were following us. They stayed with us till just before Charlottetown where they turned off, presumably to go to a cottage. We stopped at a Sobey’s just outside of Charlottetown for supplies then carried on to the cottage. The website pictures did not do this place justice as it’s everything you’d ever want for a getaway cottage on an ocean. A quick meal of sausage on a bun topped off with a shot of rye and I think we’re ready to relax.
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