I checked out of the cottage and was on my way by 9:00 am. Stopped at the east gate to Cavendish park for a nice view to write about Day 4's adventure then it was time to get on with the day. Nearly all road riding and certainly not the most enjoyable but it was what had to happen to get to where I wanted to go!
The morning was overcast and super humid. Since I was on hilly roads and lighting was a bit flat taking pictures along the way was much less a priority than being aware of vehicles and possible exit strategies when being passed should someone veer in my direction... Happily I didn't have too many scares and reached Brackley Beach safely!
Once I reached Brackley Beach I was back on a separate paved trail and pedalled my way to Richard's in the Covehead area of the park. When I arrived everything was boarded up and initially I thought it closed after Labour Day along with a whole lot of other businesses on the Island. Happily a travelling couple who thought the same had found out that the place opened at noon so we all had time to take photos around the dock and I had time to stretch a bit and ready my belly for a feed of lobster!!
I ended up sitting with the travelling couple, June and Doug, and we had a great time sharing our stories and experiences on the Island. After we hugged goodbye and parted ways I needed to fill my water bottles and visit the washroom one more time before getting back on the trail. Just as I was about to head to my bike, a lovely Québécois lesbian couple stopped me to chat about my tour as they too were touring the Island but rather than the full tip-to-tip they had a van and Brompton (folding) bikes to do day trips with. We shared funny observations about the Island and bike touring stories. After a few good laughs their food was ready and we waved goodbye as I got on my way...
The afternoon skies cleared and it got HOT! Although talking about the weather is the provincial past-time here I try to just deal with whatever I'm experiencing and carry-on. If I had known it was pushing +37C with the humidity I'm sure my head would've been overcome with self-doubt that I wouldn't make it to the day's destination.
I had heard my phone buzz indicating a text message but still riding on the side of a shoulder-less road didn't allow for anywhere to stop. Also, with no shade I was sure I'd burn on the spot. Finally I spotted a church steeple and figured there would be a tree or two to take a break and figure out how far I was from where I needed to be. The moment I made sat down I hear my phone buzzing again but this time it was a phone call from my aunt Liz wondering where I was. I'm all out of breath, soaked from sweat and in need of a sugar-boost. I find out I'm only a few kms away from their cottage so I have a macaroon, a chocolate bar and chug a bottle of water and get on my way again! My uncle Bob meets me on the road and escorts me in to their property...
We have a great visit and a fill of tasty bbq and chowder. I learn/relearn all sorts of Island-isms and the laughs were enough to bring a few cottage neighbours over to join the fun!!
I'm already halfway through Day 6 as I write this as I was hoping to get ahead of the day's heat... The breeze is a blessing as I sit outside the Morell trail intersection stop. Heading to St. Peters and the Greenwich Sand Dunes today!