Monthly Archive May 2013

2013 The Cape Traverse Ride

Richard Point PE
Here I found myself with a bike in the parking lot at quitting time. Simply riding home just wasn’t feeling right, and as my sister is a vegetarian, I thought perhaps I’d head into Summerside or Kensington and hit up a Grecos for one of their donairs. You know the ones that are easy to find in Atlantic Canada, but back in Ontario where I’m from, I know of only three outlets, and all of them are an hour away or more. 

That was the plan, but when I headed out on The Trans Canada highway, I thought perhaps I’d make it a shorter ride and simply take some back roads along the coast into Borden-Carleton and hit the Subway sandwich store in the Visitors Centre, or so I thought.

Crapaud PE to Borden-Carleton PE
While my Garmin 60Cx may be old, but it’s rugged, waterproof, and armed with a topo map of Canada, can be a great tool for following the coastline of the Island. I found myself stopping for this picture seconds after I’d turned onto route 10, I found the Tryon River at low tide and just waiting patiently to be noticed. It’s a beautiful area, and with spring, just beginning to come to life again after a cold, windy winter season.
Tryon River at low tide

It’s a fixer upper…

Garmin said that this was a road, and Google Maps claims it’s there too, but people respectful of farmers skirt the perimeter of the fields, and folks, when it rains, you are going to need a four wheeler or some good knobbies.

The Suzuki is running well, and brilliant for these stop n’ go photos.

Try to get your GSX-R down this “road”. 🙂

I think I’d best stop here at Cumberland Cove PE

Richards Point PE at low tide

Richards Point PE at low tide

You need a bridge to cross this baby, unless you know something about hydro-lock

Cape Traverse United Church

Wharf Road view of the bridge

Engineering test area for the bridge?

Confederation Bridge. Cape Journiman New Brunswick is on the opposite side of this ribbon of concrete

Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.
More about Confederation Bridge here

A hotel named for the MV Abegweit? It’s for sale if you were wondering…
The MV Abegweit was an icebreaking railway, vehicle, and passenger ferries which operated across the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, connecting Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island to Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick. There were two vessels named Abegweit that serviced this route between 1947 and 1997.

The word Abegweit is derived from the Mi’kmaq word for Prince Edward Island, Epekwit’k, meaning “cradled (or cradle) on the waves.”
More on the MV Abegweit aka Abby here

Confederation Bridge as seen from Borden-Carleton PE

Yet another Adventure by Garmin©

I came home to find my nephew Tyler had been out with his brother Ryan as well.

2013 The Cabot Beach Ride

The view from Cabot Beach Provincial Park
Central Bedeque PE to Cabot Beach Provincial Park