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Class can any of you use the word buffeted in a sentence?  Well I sure can and it goes like this.  From the moment we left the red earth of PEI, crossed the Confederation Bridge and arrived in Fredricton, New Brunswick we were constantly buffeted by strong winds making it a very challenging ride.

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Not quite 13 km long the bridge is an engineering marvel.  It makes us wonder why we don’t have a bridge from the mainland to Vancouver Island.  I know we’re not a province but PEI has a population of 146,000 and Vancouver Island has almost 760,000 people.  And the ferry is free traveling to PEI and the bridge toll for a motorcycle is only $18.50.

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Leather gear was required this morning with the cool wind.  By the time we hit Fredricton, dumped off the trailer at the motel and headed downtown – the sun was shining and the temperature had gone way up.  We found a microbrewery and tried a local ale and had a great conversation with locals who have both visited Vancouver Island.

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Tomorrow we are going to meet Chris’s second cousin Wayne Harrison and his husband Ross near St. John’s.  I’m most interested to talk to Wayne about the genealogy information he’s collected about Chris’s paternal grandmother’s family. One of my goals when we get home is to dig into my Collings/Kennedy family trees.

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Love & hugs from the road…

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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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