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.

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