second from the last:
- It's the penultimate episode of the series tonight
I'll give you a definite maybe on that, but won't commit myself at this time...
|Paynter's Creek PE
Day Tripping - Charlottetown to French River PE and Return - 170 km - 2.75 hours
|Charlottetown PE to French River PE and return
I think the worst problem with Sunday rides is trying to fit one in after a nice long night of watching movies, then a lazy morning sleep in. Caroline joined me ready to go just after lunch, but it took me a bit longer to get ready to roll, and I was considering three layers on my legs, when I decided that it was simply time to haul out my insulated overalls and make do with my heated jacket, the overalls and a thermal layer top and bottom. Okay, time to see if I am still limber enough wearing all of that and still get a leg over my bike...
|Lean, Mean, Marshmallow Machine...
Err, perhaps "Lean" in a "nothing but Marshmallow" sense?
We stopped off along the way to say hello to Caroline's mother, only to find that her brand new car had it's first dent in it, due to a loose shopping cart smashing into the passenger side door! What a let down! She'd driven her Kia for years without a scratch, but now her brand new Mazda gets marked up before it is even a month old, and by someone who was in such a rush, they couldn't be bothered to return the shopping cart properly! Grrrr.
We finally rode out from under the cloud cover, and wow did that make the fall colours stand out for us! Thankfully we had turned off of the Trans Canada Highway, and were heading North up to Stanley Bridge along the Rattenbury road, and just soaking it all in, until we turned north onto route 20 and I had to tell Caroline that I was turning around to get a few pictures of Paynter's Creek that flows out into SouthWest Rver, and on into the Atlantic Ocean on PEI's North Shore.
|South West River
Yes, that is a portion of the tree still lying on the roof of the cottage there.
|Caroline casts no Shadow on the shore of the South West River
|French River PE
I can't put my arms down!Well, put your arms down when you get to school.
C'mon, guys! Wait up! C'mon, guys! Wait up!Sorry, I got a bit sidetracked there, but I think you now understand why there may not be as much movement on days where the daytime high is 8 degrees Celsius and that does NOT include riding in shadows or under dark clouds.
|New London Lighthouse
|The view from "Perrin's" Clinton View Lodge
Harding Creek and the South West River
"Never get off the bike"
It turns out that you can no longer get there from here, and we would need to head back out and do a ride of shame as Caroline calls it, and over to another intersection to get onto the Rue du Gulf Shore Parkway West, but that side was a bit of a loss, as the whole parkway is closed to traffic due to construction, and very well barred off, I might add. We rode along the coast for about two kilometres before hitting the barrier, so all we managed there was to ride two kilometers of coastline and then do the ride of shame once again back out to Cavendish road where we turned left and headed in to North Rustico Harbour to snap a couple of pics of the area.
|North Rustico Harbour
The Hunter River as it meets the Atlantic Ocean
|The Canada Geese are taking advantage of the respite offered in the bay.
|The Court brothers Mercantile Empire
In 1915, the federal government expropriated land around the lighthouse, including where Emard Court's house sits.
The Court family has been involved with court cases and attempts to settle the land title for more than 20 years.
|North Rustico Lighthouse seen from the south side looking north