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Day 2 - Exploring Prince Edward Island

It rained pretty hard last night (ceramic coating is beading up nicely  )...




...but sunny now, and we are up early...



...leaving out thru some puddles...




...once on the road, all is dry.




We have about an hour ride to the ferry terminal...




...and we need to be there by 8:30 am.




Having never traveled this road before...




...we give ourselves an extra 30 minute cushion...




...we arrived an hour after leaving...




...did not need the 30 minute cushion, but better safe than sorry.

 

We have a 75 minute ferry ride...




...here we go...




...this ship is huge!




We're parked up front, and surrounded by semi's!




This is how we're getting over to Prince Edward Island-




Leaving the TG and heading upstairs for the ride over.




Mary likes ferry rides, this is the first of 3 we have planned on this trip.

Down there is where we were parked a few minutes ago.



Bald eagle hanging out at the dock-




Walking around the top deck...




...while still at dock.

 

We're underway...




...pretty soon it is just water and ships...



...no land to be seen. It is about 27 kilometers, shore to shore.



Before you know it we are seeing a Lighthouse on PEI.




Time to unload...



...here we go!




We're on Prince Edward Island...



Mary wants to go see a Lighthouse. So we head toward the southeast corner of the Island.




But first we need some gas!




Ok, now we have a full tank...off to our first Lighthouse. Cape Bear!

 

Mary likes Lighthouses...




...Cape Bear is the first of many today.



View from deck...



...took a walk around the grounds...




I guess I'm contemplating my belly button while Mary looks around. lol



A view out to a lotta ocean!




Ok, off to the next Lighthouse!




This one is on Panmure Island...




...instead of a bridge to the Island we cross a causeway that has a beach along one side of it.




Here we are!

 

Walked around a bit...



...fantastic views...




Headed back across the strand. Even though it is barely 70*, the road is packed with beach-goers. For folks that live 8-9 months a year in sub-freezing temps, this is really warm weather for them!




We went and saw 3 or 4 more Lighthouses...




...before Mary had her fill...



...I'm just enjoying the riding. Every now and then we pass thru a town...




...or a harbor...




...but mostly it is farmland. They grow a lot of potato's here...something like 12% of the workforce on the Island work in the potato industry!

And there's still a lot of woodland too...




After wandering around the eastern/northeastern part of PEI we decide to cut southwest, toward Charlottetown...




...it was a long, mostly straight shot...

 

We hit Charlottetown hungry!

This looked like a good place!




And it was. We had a great meal, and some doggie bags for later.




Shadow pic...




...as we leave Charlottetown, toward Confederation Bridge...




...it's about an hour ride to the bridge, some farmland, and a lot of small towns.




Arriving at the entrance...




...it's good to see...




...a few places are still serious about drivers paying attention to their driving!




This bridge is amazing...




...at 8 miles long, I believe it is the longest bridge we've ever ridden!

 

A look back...




8 miles is a long way to go on a bridge...




...very strange to think about how the sea beneath the bridge freezes in the winter!




8 miles pass fairly quickly, we decide to stop at the visitor center at the end of the bridge...




...after a look around, one last look at the bridge as we head out..




...it's been over 12 hours since we left this morning, and we still have almost 2 hours of riding to get back to camp.




Another shadow pic as we ride through New Brunswick.




Gotta stop for gas again. In our very limited experience, we're liking the Iriving gas stations the best.




After about 30 minutes riding, we are back in Nova Scotia...




...this really is some beautiful countryside!

 

This is a pretty cool pass...




...nothing like a mountain pass in Colorado...




...but a nice ride, nevertheless.




I slowed down to about 50 mph as this deer ran in front of us, Mary caught a great pic.



This is the fastest speed limit we've seen in Canada.



A look back as we...




...get closer to camp...




...here we are, almost 14 hours since we left this morning. What a great day of riding!

 

 

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