My brother Shaun was visiting the island, and he made arrangements to borrow my sister Wendy-Sue's 2010 Triumph Bonneville for a ride ont the island, so Caroline and I invited him on a wee ride out to Canoe Cove then into Charlottetown for the Red Isle Riders weekly event known as bike night, which we use as an excuse to get out and ride, then meet up for supper and some bench racing and tall tales.
|What would bike night be without a burnout or two?
Drive 87 km, 1 hour, 21 minutes
|It's not a real store anymore... So don't be fooled
Of course it turned into a wee family reunion, especially when my sister and Shaun's wife Doris pulled up in the Jeep to say hello before heading off to Victoria for supper.
From left to right,
- Ron on the 2009 Kawasaki Versys
- Ryan on the 2009 BMW F800GS
- Caroline on the 2004 Honda Shadow
- Shaun on the 2010 Triumph Bonneville
- Tyler on the 2016 Triumph Scrambler
|Yours truly, Rotten Ronnie
Photo Credit: Shaun Kierstead
Wendy's bike is the loudest on the parking lot. :)
And we rolled out of there and headed across on 246 aka South Melville Road at a sedate pace, then crossed the Trans Canada Hwy in De Sable and jumped onto 19 that heads past one of my favourite parks, The Argyle Shore Provincial Park (visit this at low tide) through Canoe Cove and on past Nine Mile Creek Road and on out to Rocky Point to the site of Fort Amherst.
"This location has the double distinction of hosting one of the first Acadian settlements in present-day Prince Edward Island, as well as the first military fortification on the island while under control of France as well as the first military fortification on the island while under control of Britain.
From 1720 to 1770 Port-la-Joye, later named Fort Amherst, served as the seat of government and port of entry for settlers to the island while under both French and British control. As such, it played an important role as a colonial outpost in the French-British struggle for dominance in North America."
In fact, Prince Edward Island would still be known as Ile Saint-Jean if the French had not lost Fortress Louisbourg and later on Port-la-Joye to the English and New England irregulars (militia). Imagine what the Island would have been like if the French and their Mi'kmaq allies had successfully defended their settlement and fort?
|Shaun enjoying the curves at Fort Amherst PE
|Boss! Boss! The Cruise Ship!
|Do you think it will buff out?
Mike and Eli join us in the parking lot for the ride into Charlottetown. (Back into Charlottetown for them)
|Park it in the shade next time. No one will notice.
And, it was time to let the the fast group head out while the slow group took our time getting to the meet.
|Ryan leads the pack...
|It's the largest Bike Night of the Year!
|Photo Credit: Shaun Kierstead
By the time we got back out into the lot with Kyle in tow, everyone was gone but for Tiffany, Jason, Kyle and our featured stunter who put on a wee smoke show for us as he left the lot on his 2017 Ninja 636.
It was a great night to be out and about, and I'd like to thank Jamie and Ryan, and the Red Isle Riders for organizing it.