Wednesday August 28, 2013. Day 80

Charlottetown to Pictou, Nova Scotia

The three staff at McQueens Bicycle Shop all helped us this morning by installing four new tires on our bikes in a very short time. For those who are interested, these are Schwabe Marathon Plus 700×32. Suitably re-equipped, we went to Young Folk and the Kettle Black  for coffee, sandwiches for later and a video chat with Chris.
The weather was overcast and muggy for much of our otherwise pleasant ride along the #1 (TCH). The TCH in P.E.I. is a two-laned highway, with a mostly wide paved shoulder, and passes through (rather than by-passing) the towns and villages. The traffic was light. We met another cyclist coming west. Ivan, from Montreal, travelled to Vancouver by train in April and began cycling across the northern US states to the east coast and up to and across  Newfoundland and is now cycling back though the maritimes and Quebec to Montreal. He will have cycled more than 13,000 km. By the time we got to Wood Islands, a thunder storm was threatening,  but it had passed over when we got on the ferry and we were afforded good views of PEI and,  later, Nova Scotia. The ride into Pictou was sunny and easy.
We were reminded that the summer is passing when we came out into the dark after dinner. We walked down to the harbour, where there is a replica of the “Hector”, the first ship that brought Scottish immigrants to Pictou and the colony of New Scotland in 1773. Across the inlet, a large pulp mill dominates the horizon.

We are on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq People, specifically the Epegoitnag District

Leaving PEI – our homage to Alex Colville

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