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Yesterday morning we were up early and on the road without even stopping for coffee.  We wanted to make sure to catch the early ferry to PEI.  Perfect timing, we were sent right to the front of the line and only had to wait a few minutes before loading.  The best part — the 90 minute trip was FREE !!  We were given maps & brochures on the ferry by a very knowledgeable staff member and have come to realize PEI has really got tourism figured out.  Their beaches, lighthouses and historical sites are all numbered and well marked and we easily made our way to the northeastern tip of the island.  And yes the dirt is red and potatoes are sold everywhere including the gas stations.

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Just in time for lunch we rolled into the town of Montague. We sat on the deck at
Windows on the Water Restaurant and didn’t notice right away there are trees growing right through the floor.  We both ordered the lunch special of potato salad and seafood chowder.  Chris didn’t realize that also came with a whole lobster. Best lunch EVER !!  We really had to work for our food and there were bits of shell flying everywhere.

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Heeding the advice of fellow travelers we stopped at an info Centre and called ahead for a room.  Singing Sands Motel was one of the worst rooms we’ve had but we were just moments away from one of the best beaches in Canada.  The sand actually does make a squeaking noise when you walk on it. Which of course I had to try out a bunch of times.  We watched dozens of people jump off the bridge into a channel to be swept away to the ocean where they would get out and climb back onto the bridge.  Very entertaining to watch braves souls plunge into the cold water.  And lifeguards were watching very closely.

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Deciding on a slow/easy ride today we had lots of time for coffee and caught up on emails & Facebook in the motel breakfast room.  Our room last night was too far away from the modem we were told by the motel owner.  One night away from technology bothered us both a little.

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We arrived in Charlottetown late this morning and quickly found out many hotels were already booked up.  A kind clerk at Best Western had a list of a few properties with a room or two left.  The very moment Chris called Quality Inn — guests had decided to cancel their second night so a suite was available.  It’s our nicest room so far in an annex on the hotel property — full of character and just huge.  We dropped the bike & trailer in the parking lot and walked the few blocks to downtown.  The funniest moments happened in a little barber shop where Chris got his hair & beard trimmed (a whopping $8 by the way).  The lady barber told us one hilarious story after the other of how she embarrasses her kids when they all travel together.

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After lunch on “Victoria Row” which is the shopping district, we headed over to Confederation Centre Art Gallery to have a look at their all Canadian content in some very interesting mediums.

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Today marks the one month mark since we left home.  We have dipped our feet on the most eastern tip of PEI and tomorrow we start the trip back west.  Tomorrow we’re headed for Fredericton.  And in nine more days we’ll be hugging Megan and Bowen as we all meet up in Welland for some Stewart/Collings/Kennedy/Hickman/Daust family time.

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Love & hugs from the road…

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Not sure I can bring myself to eat lobster at McDonald’s but it certainly is readily available everywhere.  And we were just commenting today that McDonald’s is the sign we’ve seen the most on this trip.

We were so happy this morning to find out there was room for us on the ferry. Although we were parked first in line we decided to wait a while since being inside the gate means not being able to leave the secure area.  Being on the bike means no shade and it was another very warm day today.  Once inside the gates we chatted with a group of RCMP members all stationed in Yarmouth — they just finished an 8 day motorcycle trip.  Some of them of them know our friends Terry & Debby who we’re going to stay with in a few days.  Yes, it’s a small world after all. Terry & Debby Boyd stood up for us when we got married in Yellowknife in 1985.

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What a beautiful day for a ferry ride.  The CAT fast ferry took us 5.5 hours from Portland Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  Super comfortable with reclining seats, showing two different movies and we saw humpbacks a few times during the trip. I felt a little queasy when we hit the big open ocean so closed my eyes for a while until I got my equilibrium back.

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Captain Chris was in his element and we followed the boat’s progress on his marine navigation app on the iPad.  We were traveling at 34 knots which is 40 miles per hour.  We also met a group of 3 Americans who are on a road trip to explore Nova Scotia.  They proudly told us they belong to a motorcycle gang called Romeo – Retired Old Motorcyclists Eat Out.  The one fellow who had to be in his 70’s admitted it was the first time he’d ever left the U.S.

imageNot many pavement kilometers traveled on the bike today but the ferry saved us time we can now spend in Nova Scotia.  Tonight we’re in Yarmouth at a motel stuck in a time warp with velour swivel chairs and green carpet.  The RCMP members reassured us that they’d never visited this motel on duty lol.  One more time change so now we’re 4 hours ahead of Port McNeill time.  Tomorrow we head to Halifax.  I predict a few more lighthouses and incredible scenery in our immediate future.    image

Love & hugs from the road…

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