29. May 2013 · Comments Off on Day 3: St. Peter’s to New London · Categories: General Information

Day 3: St. Peter’s to New London (97.83 km)

Today was not a scheduled ride day, but what can you do when you are presented with a beautiful, sunny day?  You go ride, of course!

We set out from Charlottetown early this afternoon to retrace our steps to St. Peter’s.  From there, we rode to the Blooming Point Road and then past Dalvay-by-the-Sea and Brackley.

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It was about 18 degrees, so not too hot or cool.  We faced some headwind and crosswind again today, but nothing compared to Sunday’s ride, fortunately.  Oyster Bed Bridge was our next stop prior to riding to North Rustico where we followed the coast through the national park.

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We stopped briefly in Cavendish before pushing on to Stanley Bridge and New London, our pre-determined stopping point for today’s cycling adventure.

Thanks to Pierce Butler who was our driver again today.

Stats for the day (thanks again to Jan): Distance: 97.83 km, Time in saddle: 3:38:13, Average Speed: 26.9 km/hr, Maximum speed: 62.01 km/hr, Calories burned: 3090, Ascent: 691 meters, Descent 667 meters.

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27. May 2013 · Comments Off on Leg 2: Montague to St. Peter’s · Categories: General Information

Sunday, May 26th: Montague to St. Peters (162.95 km):

We made it…but we were fairly windswept by the end of the ride!

We left Montague around 8:30 a.m. to begin the second leg of our journey from Montague to St. Peter’s.  The first part of the day saw us taking many quieter tree-lined roads through the countryside.  The trees helped shelter us from the south winds blowing at 30 km/hr and gusting up to 50 km/hr.

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When we were approximately 5 km from Souris and the road opened up, winds started to show their strength.  We were happy to arrive in Souris and have lunch at the Sheltered Harbour Restaurant.  As we were settling in to order, a man approached us and asked if we were participating in the PEI perimeter tour for Cystic Fibrosis.  It turned out to be Myles Rose, who lives in the area and whose family has been directly affected by Cystic Fibrosis.  It was a pleasure to meet Myles and chat with him.

With our bellies full, we headed off on what we thought might be a challenging section of road (Souris to East Point).  There are some hills to climb and we figured we’d have some strong headwinds to contend with.  As it turned out, this section of the road was not too bad.  We pedalled down to the East Point lighthouse and posed for photos before heading off on the last 70 km to St. Peter’s.

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That’s when the real fun started.  The northern route (route 16) is tree-lined in places and opens up in other areas.  Those winds blowing from the south at 30 km/hr and gusting to 50 km/hr played havoc with us all the way.  We’d pass through a sheltered area on the rolling hills and then as soon as the landscape opened up, the winds began pushing us all over the road.  We soon learned to brace ourselves as we saw open areas approaching.

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As I was pedalling along, I was thinking this stretch of road reflected our journey through life as well; sometimes there are smooth spots and other times we feel like we are being pushed and pulled by forces that are beyond our control. That certainly is the case when dealing with something like Cystic Fibrosis.  Sometimes you have to dig deep and try your best to work through those challenges and this is made easier by having friends and family there supporting you.

We rolled into St. Peter’s just after 5, serenaded by a little dog that chased us down that last hill – a bit of comic relief after a hard day of pedalling.

Thanks to Elizabeth Tumblin for being our support driver today!

Stats for the day (thanks to Jan): Time in saddle: 6:29:04, Distance: 162.95 km, Average speed: 25.13 km/hr, Maximum speed: 62.27 km/hour, Calories burned: 4951, Ascent 1177 m, Descent 1210 m.

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23. May 2013 · Comments Off on Holy Headwind! · Categories: General Information

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Day 1: Charlottetown to Montague (144 km)

With a weather forecast for Friday and Saturday that looks horrible for cycling, we decided to head out a day early to complete the first leg of our PEI Perimeter Tour.  Have you noticed how windy it has been in PEI so far this spring?  We had a good dose of that reality today facing a steady and strong headwind from Charlottetown to Wood Islands (first 65 km).

Kelley, Jan, Harvey, Marian and I met at 8:30 and cycled to Victoria Park (water’s edge) to begin cycling.  It was cool with a bit of rain to start the ride.  Kathy Watt, a friend from Ottawa, joined us as our official photographer.  You will see some of her amazing shots on the website. Thanks also to Pierce Butler who was our support vehicle driver today.

Wind was the order of the day.  While the prevailing winds usually come from the west, we had a steady easterly headwind that dogged us all the way to Wood Islands.  We stopped here for a picnic style lunch before heading off on smaller country roads that seemed more sheltered from the wind on some nice rollers.

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We rolled into Montague around 4 pm this afternoon, happy that the rain held off for our first day of cycling and happy to have successfully completed the first portion of our perimeter ride.

Stay tuned for details about our next day of cycling, which will likely happen on Sunday, May 26th.

Stats for the day (thanks to Jan): Time in saddle: 6:00.21, Distance: 144.07 km, Average km/hr: 23.99, Maximum km/hr: 51.89, Calories burned: 4139, Ascent: 922 m, Descent 913 m.

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12. May 2013 · Comments Off on Mom to Mom Exchange · Categories: General Information

On Saturday May 11, we were happy to work the door for the Mom to Mom Exchange at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. The door proceeds of $1,066 will go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Thanks very much for having us help with your event and your support.

12. May 2013 · Comments Off on Wine Raffle Winner · Categories: General Information

We are pleased with the response and interest in the wine raffle. Please look forward to next year’s raffle.

The winner for this year was M. Vasquez from Cornwall. The winning ticket was sold by M. Duque.

Enjoy!!!

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06. May 2013 · Comments Off on Distance Options · Categories: General Information

Kick Off Ride:  Cyclists may choose to participate in the kick-off ride leaving Charlottetown and cycling 141 km to Montague on Friday, May 24th.  There is no fundraising commitment; the registration fee is $100. (This does not include a jersey.)

Weekend Challenger (either weekend): If you are seeking a greater challenge, you may choose to participate in either weekend (May 24, 25 and 26 or June 7, 8 and 9).  The first weekend will cover 449 km over eastern PEI; the second weekend will cover 388 km over western PEI.  The fundraising commitment for weekend challengers is $500; the registration fee is $175 (jersey provided).

The 6-Day Marathon: Join us for the full perimeter tour of 850 km.  This will be completed over two weekends (as listed above).  The fundraising commitment for the 6-day marathon is $850 (or $1 for each km cycled); the registration fee is $175 (jersey provided).