09. June 2013 · Comments Off on Day 7: Victoria by the Sea to Charlottetown · Categories: General Information

Day 7: Victoria to Charlottetown (65.4 km) – Mission Accomplished!

We left Charlottetown at 7:30 this morning to retrace our steps to Victoria by the Sea.  We were on our bikes rolling by 8:30.  Remnants of the post-tropical storm Andrea were still affecting PEI weather today, keeping the temperature cool (9 degrees) and the winds high (30 km/hr with gusts to 50 km/hr).  They were blowing from the northwest today, which favoured us for some of the ride and hampered progress in other areas.

As I was cycling along this morning, it occurred to me that our route today was 65 km. This number has little significance to most unless you are familiar with Cystic Fibrosis.  Many young children are not able to pronounce “Cystic Fibrosis” so instead say something that sounds like “65 roses”, hence the significance of the number “65”.  There is also a documentary that followed the life of Eva Markvoort, a young woman from BC, who sadly lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 25 in 2010.  You can find out more about it at: http://www.cfvancouver.ca/home/shop/65-red-roses-dvd/

The rain held off this morning as we followed the last leg of our perimeter ride around Prince Edward Island.  This segment had rolling hills, showcasing beautiful homes and cottages along PEI’s south shore.  We arrived in Charlottetown around 11 a.m.  Cameron and Claire, my two children both of whom have Cystic Fibrosis, joined us for the last few kilometres.

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We arrived at the cannons in Victoria Park about 11:30, stopped long enough for the celebratory photos, and then pedalled downtown to enjoy a well-deserved brunch.

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Thanks to Erin Yasinski who was our support driver today!

Stats for today: Time in saddle: 2:39:16; Distance: 65.4 km; Average speed: 24.63 km/hr; Maximum speed: 51.03 km/hr; Calories burned: 2008; Ascent: 492 metres; Descent: 494 metres.

Average stats for the entire ride: Time in saddle: 32:42.24, Total Distance: 846.65 km; Average Speed: 25.9 km/hr; Calories burned: 25,462; Calories burned per kilometre: 30; Calories burned per hour of riding: 777.5.

Mission accomplished

 

 

 

07. June 2013 · Comments Off on Day 6: Portage to Victoria by the Sea · Categories: General Information

Day 6: Portage to Victoria by the Sea (115.97 km)

We were up early this morning for breakfast at Mill River Resort.  We packed the truck at 7:30 and met Norma, our support driver for the day, in Portage at 8:00 a.m.  The weather forecast said cloudy and winds from the south at 10-15 km/hr.

We cycled along route 2 for a bit before veering south on route 11.  We followed a tree-lined route for quite a while before veering east and following the water’s edge.  The weather forecast was accurate insofar as it was cloudy today.  The wind was not troublesome early today, but it increased as the day progressed.

We were greeted by many dogs today, most of which stayed in their yards and barked as we went by.  One little dog found itself on the road in front of us as we were approaching.  He ran away, maybe not sure what to make of the four of us passing on our bikes.

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We carried on through Abram-Village, Cap Egmont, Mont Carmel, all Acadian regions of PEI, then on to Summerside.  Departing Summerside, we followed route 1A until Bedeque, where we veered off on less busy roads that led us towards Borden-Carleton and the Confederation Bridge.

We arrived in Victoria around 1 pm, wind dogging us to the very end.  The wind has really been the wild card in the PEI perimeter tour so far, by times providing a nice tailwind to push us along, but primarily taunting us with headwinds or crosswinds.

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On Sunday we will complete the last leg of our perimeter tour, a 65 km segment from Victoria by the Sea to Charlottetown.  If you are interested in joining us, please send me an email: pclarkpe@gmail.com

Stats for the day (thanks to Jan): Time in saddle: 4:31:38; Distance: 115.97 km/hr, Average speed: 25.62 km/hr; Maximum speed: 47.54 km/hr; Calories burned: 3356, Ascent: 592 meters; Descent: 599 meters.

06. June 2013 · Comments Off on Day 5: Portage to Portage · Categories: General Information

Day 5: Portage to Portage (154.03 km):

Charlottetown (6:00 a.m.) Yes, that title sounds like we are going in circles, and we are!  We have another long day of cycling ahead of us as we leave Portage around 9 a.m., cycle to North Cape, at the tip of western PEI, make our way down the west coast, and return to Portage (approximately 163 km).  The day has dawned sunny and calm, for now at least.  One pedal stroke at a time…

It takes dedication to cycle and prepare for a trip such as the 850 km perimeter tour of Prince Edward Island.  It also takes dedication to maintain your health when you are living Cystic Fibrosis.  Did you know that a Canadian with cystic fibrosis spends the equivalent of more than four months of full-time work doing life-sustaining treatments every year?  Masks, physiotherapy to loosen mucus in the lungs, fistfuls of pills to maintain weight, etc.

I will update the blog again later today after we have finished our 5th leg.

Mill River (9:00 p.m.): We left Charlottetown around 8 and got to Portage about 10:00 a.m.  Today we enjoyed bright sunny skies but with that came wind. We left Portage and cycled west on route 2, turning right towards Alberton and North Cape.  When we turned onto this road, we noticed a sign saying the road was closed as they were replacing a bridge just before Alberton. The road worker told us we would be able to pass. As it tuned out, we could but we had to walk across mounds of clay while portaging out bikes. After digging dirt out of our cleats, we carried on to North Cape.

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After North Cape we backtracked a short distance and took a road that cut cross country to the west coast. As we turned to head south, winds began to taunt us. We stopped in Skinner’s Pond to eat our take-out lunch that our support drivers Gerrit and Brenda had picked up for us. After lunch we carried on toward West Cape.  We experienced wind all the way, although it was less windy than the other days we cycled.

We arrived in Portage about 5:30, happy to have a long day of cycling behind us.  We packed the bikes on the truck and drove to Mill River, where we are overnighting.  Back on the bikes early tomorrow morning to cycle from Portage to Victoria by the Sea.

Thanks to Gerrit and Brenda for supporting us and taking pictures today!

Stats for the day (thanks to Jan): distance: 154.03 km; time in saddle: 6:00:36; average speed: 25.63 km/ hr; maximum speed: 47.66 km/ hr, calories burned: 4494; ascent: 616 meters; descent: 623 meters

 

 

 

 

 

02. June 2013 · Comments Off on Day 4: New London to Portage (106.4 km) · Categories: General Information

Day 4: New London to Portage (106.4 km)

We left Charlottetown about 12:30 p.m. and drove to New London, our departure point for the day.  When we left Charlottetown, it was really calm and quite warm.  Upon arrival in New London, we discovered the temperature had dropped significantly and the wind had increased.  So much for the discussion we had had in Charlottetown about being too warm in our long-sleeve Biking for Breath perimeter ride jerseys!

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Wrong wheels, Harvey!  We’re using the two-wheeled type today!

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We rolled along the coastline from New London to Hamilton zipping down one hill and pushing up the next.  We made our first stop in Hamilton at Paula’s sister’s house for a brief rest.  We were chatting away as we continued to roll through Hamilton when all of a sudden a big, black Labrador retriever appeared out of nowhere.  He followed us for a few meters before turning back.  Being chased by a large, barking dog is one sure way to increase the heart rate!

While we had had a lovely tailwind, allowing us to roll along about 40 km/hour through Darnley, as the road veered back to the east, a strong headwind greeted us.

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Our second stop was just outside Summerside.  It seemed that the further west we pushed, the more the temperature dropped.  By the time we got to Miscouche and our journey was now taking us in a northerly direction, we were again dealing with headwinds.   The cold wind blowing off Malpeque Bay was by times fierce.  Cold and wind persisted until about the last 10 km of our 4th day of cycling when it finally got a bit warmer and we were travelling in a direction to enjoy a tailwind.  We arrived in Portage, happy to now have more than half of the perimeter ride of Prince Edward Island completed (approximately 500 km done and 350 more to go).

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We are still on track to finish our journey on Sunday, June 9th, when we will cycle from Victoria by the Sea to Charlottetown, approximately 70 km.  We are inviting other cyclists to join us as we travel this last segment.  There is no registration fee for this last day, but we would appreciate a donation in any amount to Cystic Fibrosis Canada!  If you are interested, send me an email at: pclarkpe@gmail.com

Thanks to Gerrit and Brenda for being our official photographers during this leg!  Also, thanks to Norma Pasatieri for being our driver today.

Stats for the day (thanks to Jan):  Time in saddle: 3:46:15; Distance: 106.4 km; Average speed: 28.22 km/hour; Maximum speed: 64.34 km/hour; Calories burned: 3424; Ascent: 623 m, Descent: 644 m.