After Saturday night's firepit, bottle of wine and lots of great convo I was able to get packed up and back on the trail by about 9:30 am on Sunday morning. First stop was less than 6 km east in Linkletter to visit some old family friends that I haven't seen in a very long time!
I also started my off trail road riding experience today and got used to the fact that on most of the Island roads there are no shoulders so cycling here can be a bit nerve wracking. However, this first shorter distance wasn't too bad.
I had another stop on my way through Summerside which was another short 6 km east. The road had a bit more shoulder and once I was down by the shore I was able to reconnect with the trail easily. Being Sunday morning helped as traffic was quiet too. One odd experience while I was standing and off the seat of my bike looking at my phone a few meters away from an intersection of the trail and a road trying to sort out where I was vs. where I wanted to get to. Three vehicles stopped and honked at me to cross! I had my head down reading the map on my screen and when I looked up and waved them through - the pissed off looks I received from the drivers was a shock! It's Sunday morning people... In Summerside... Chill out!
After a quick visit and chat with a few more Deveau family I was on my way again. This time I knew I was going to be going off trail and on to a major highway to get to my next destination: Fernwood/Seacow Head! The highway has a substantially wide shoulder and the grade is far more varied than the trails' +/- 2% so I got in to a good pace and hoped for the best. Happily I made it to Central Bedeque without any scares and started down roads I haven't been on in ages.
I was headed to a big Reeves family gathering and there's only one road to the cottage so the likelihood that I'd know most of the people passing me in cars was high. Not long before Fernwood Road I see a hand waving out the passenger window of a passing SUV. It was my Aunt Liz and Uncle Bob and they stopped for a picture of me along my way!
I arrived close to 2 pm after a ~24 km ride from Summerside to a cottage sea shore party to celebrate by cousin's 35th anniversary of her 30th birthday!! There was lots of laughs, memories and so much food! At the end of it all we had the most hilarious time getting a "Cousins Photo" with all us... We were all laughing and trying to get everyone together in one shot and there was about a dozen cameras/phones. I think we look like a pretty great bunch :)
After everyone had left only my cousin Tara and I stayed at the cottage. It was a gorgeous evening and we walked on the beach as the tide was out until past sunset. Life doesn't get much better than this!
My plan was to set up my tent outside the cottage listening to the tide come in overnight and watch the stars. Well... Suddenly it was pitch black out (no light pollution here!) and the wind picked up so it was easy to change my mind to take a spare bed in the cottage instead ;)
Now to pack up, have a bite to eat and make my way back to the trail for Day 4!!