Friday, September 14, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
We met the Wiebe`s early morning Aug 27th and then travelled to Montreal. Tegan is going to school there and we dropped her and the dog off. We left on Tuesday for the East. We really enjoyed a stop in Quebec City with a quick look around, and then on to Rivere du Loupe about 9 pm. found a room in a not too shady a place at a really good price and headed out the next morning and arrived in pei about 9pm and set up the tent. had some snacks for supper and went to bed. The air mattress held its air this time which was nice. we had yogurt and buns and made lunch and headed out to the top of the trail a small town called Tiguish. Off loaded bikes and were ready to start! Warren and Sandy biked with us. the trail is good. packed small gravel and is about 6 feet wide. But we had a strong head wind and it was uphill- okay so it wasn't big hills but lots of steady inclines which i was not expecting! needless to say- i was exhausted about 5 km after starting. we took a break, then frequent breaks for the rest of the day. my neck was aching and so Warren changed the seat height and straightened my posture which helped immediately. we managed 5 hours later to have covered 46 km. probably the slowest Warren and Sandy have ever biked!! But about 30 km more than I have biked at one time. (little did the Wiebes know how inexperienced we were)! Warren is doing about double the work as he bikes with us for about 10 km and then bikes back to the car and moves the car to the next town and then bikes and meets us and then bikes back to the car again and continues doing this all day!!
We made a fire and cooked corn and sausage and i was dehydrated and had to drink lots of water that night and then had to keep crawling out of the tent and peeing! Friday went much better- we were on the trail by 10am and had covered 20km by noon. we ate our sandwich. the wiebes made sure i was drinking 24 oz of water every 2 hours and i did much better. we arrived at the 90 km marker and laid on the ground for about half an hour and then decided we would do an extra segment and bike all the way to Summerside. so we made the push and did it. felt bad that we were beat but then warren had to bike back to the car and bring it to Summerside. so we are at 109km. warren and sandy suggested a break today and so we did touristy things. saw the bottle houses- apparently one of the the top 1000 things to do before you die!! drove along the coast- went to a town fair but didn't want to pay the entrance price! had supper out at a place with a 60 foot salad bar. but we didn't do it justice! and tonight we are staying in a motel- showers and internet all around! did laundry and they are watching tv.
tomorrow the plan is to start out from here and bike toward the east cape. we are hoping to find a campground up the coast a ways and put the tent up for the next three nights. then warren will drive us to the starting point each day and back at night and it will save settin up each night.
it is beautiful - the weather changes constantly- we have had cold in the mornings, then rain then sun and sweating and then rain. but we dry out quickly.
the wiebes are much like us- eat whenever and whatever- wear the same clothes day after day and don't need to plan to far ahead! So i think it is going okay.
Thanks for praying for us- don't stop yet. the next three days are going to be long long- i think we need to average 65km a day!
but we keep reminding each other that it is a holiday and nobody cares if we finish but i think we would like to finish!!
Posted by Tim and Mary McDougall at 7:59 AM
Saturday, September 1, 2012
We arrived in PEI after a great trip thru Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. We set up camp in Summerside and proceeded to the Northcape, the small town of Tignish. We started at zero park, then proceeded on the trail. It was a great day and some sore muscles at the end of 45 km.
Posted by Tim and Mary McDougall at 5:58 AM