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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The riders

 

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