The very old red sunken roads of Prince Edward Island established in days of horse and buggy are not well frequented by tourists which was a fabulous bonus for us. For one, the roads are narrow and not easy for cars to pass and we got to see some very scenic countryside. Most of you know I have a farming background and Meg also has a love of the land, so the combination of farming land, forests and historic roads was right up our alley.
There are only a handful of these roads that are navigable and I refer to them as sunken because their base is well below that of the surrounding land and in many places the trees have formed a complete canopy. Whilst we only did about 8km on these roads, they provided one of the best experiences I have had on my trip across Canada. Mind you it was only a short time after I had just proposed to Meg, so I think we were both still on a high. The other bonus is that the roads were dry and I suspect it would not have been possible to ride on rough and slippery red clay. Even the very steep gradients didn’t dampen our enthusiasm. For the cyclists reading this, some of the gradients were off the scale of my GPS which only went up to 18%. So I’m guessing some of these hills were in the low 20s. The pictures don’t really capture the grind as we wobbled up.
Another aspect of this day trip around some very productive farming land of PEI was utilising The Confederation Rail Trail. We only rode a small section but the whole trail goes the entire length of the island and is well used by cyclists. The trail surface is in good repair and there are numerous resting points along the way. From the trail we could get a close look at the various cereal crops, oil seeds, soya beans, hay crops, maize, potatoes, dairy and beef farms. It is unseasonably dry here but you would hardly know it from an Australian perspective given the amount of greenery. An added bonus was the blackberries we could freely pick along the rail trail. (The photos were taken from the Rail Trail, main roads and the red roads).
Meg did a great job in riding 80km’s, having not ridden for some time and not long off the plane from Australia.