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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