Saturday, August 3, 2013

Day 83: Along the Sunshine Trail with The Northumberland Straight off our Right Shoulder

By on Sat, Aug 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM


The Trans Can here is called Hwy 104, but we take the side roads for some of the best cycling of the trip so far. Gin works her pedals hard, head down, building up an honest sweat. She's not excited her first stint behind the handlebars is over and kind of whines for more mileage. (neat, eh?) There's not much shoulder, but not much traffic either. It's the kind of terrain that's perfect for cycling. With that I mean that the country rolls constantly like a slinky. Climb a short grade and you are rewarded by a downhill pump and tuck, building up so much speed and momentum that you can make the next uphill. Not that every grade is perfect for this, ie, sometimes you're up on your pedals, making that last 200-300 meters, but it makes for great, "up in your stirrups" riding.

We pull into a schoolyard for a mobile lunch. The sky is overcast and the temp. is perfect for a cross country dash. Gin finishes her second leg and mine takes us to The Confederation Bridge, so we actually leave Nova Scotia and cut into a slice of New Brunswick, before the bikes are pulled into the Starship (no bikes on the big bridge). The Confederation Bridge is billed as the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world. I think Tourism PEI should say they are the richest waters you've ever crossed in the world. (With 7 lobsters over sq. meter that's $1.8 million in lobsters)(just made that up sorry for any shallowness here). Anyhows, it is a thrilling ride over the big fella and almost directly over the bridge is our campground, the new KOA, Borden Carleton Campground. Hey, it's "comped", and Gin takes her a book, as a gratuitous memento.

The site is immaculate and Quinn and I excitedly visit the games room.2 pool tables, sweet!! Also on the site are 2 huge shuffleboard surfaces and the beach game of golf ball toss. There is even live entertainment proving these KOA folks are taking their business to a new level. It's a fun night, lots to do and ps...those lamb chops were ssssooooooo good!

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