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Day 9: Shaw’s to Fredericton

We’d once again like to send out a huge thank you to Shaw’s Hotel for the accommodations last night, and for allowing us to stay at the oldest inn in Canada. Shaw’s and their staff are world class, and was a true treat! Check this place out!

Shaw's Hotel

Shaw’s Hotel, Prince Edward Island

Upon departing Shaw’s we gassed up and stopped off at TIm’s near the confederation bridge for some breakfast. While there, we saw a mishmash of plates from BC, Alberta, Ontario etc, and upon talking to the riders, we found that they were all riding across Canada for Cancer, and that they have raised over $400,000 throughout the years. AMAZING. Good work by the MAC Rally of Hope team, and thanks for the donation!

Monst at the Bay of Fundy

Monst at the Bay of Fundy

We took the confederation bridge across to New Brunswick, and dipped down into Fundy National Park for a quick view of the bay, before having to turn back for gas. I managed to squeak 348.5km out of my tank before filling up again… yeah the bike was on fumes, and that’s a new record for me. I don’t want to push it that far again.

On the way down there we also passed the 3000km mark for the trip!

Hanging out with the Neon Riders

Upon arrival in Fredericton we had just enough time to drop some stuff off at the hotel before heading to Relish Gourmet Burgers in downtown Fredericton for the joint event with the Neon Riders! From 5-9pm the Neon Riders, dad, and I raised awareness for MS, and raised some money for both of our causes. Rumor has it that Relish was 3x busier than they usually are on a Wednesday night, so I can’t wait to see the final figure of dollars raised via the Neon Riders accountant!

Monst and the Neon Riders

Monst hamming it up with the Neon Riders

Good old Monst made it out to the event too!

Fox 105.3 Events Team

Fox 105.3 Events Team

Thanks to the Fox 105.3 events team for making out out to Relish tonight as well! Great publicity all day on the radio from you guys! Here is a pic that they took and tweeted/facebooked for us:

Misa-Neeeeeeeee-chan!

Misa-Neeeeeeeee-chan!

And finally I ran into Misako, or Misa-Ne-Chan as we called her back at the ski-resort in Niseko Japan that I worked at in ’03-’04! Hisashiburi!!!

Here are the points of interest from today’s ride:

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Day 8: Charlottetown to Shaw’s

The forecast for today was for doom and gloom, but the morning actually starte off pretty decent for us. We ate breakfast at the Cranford Inn (which was excellent by the way), and headed straight for the car wash. The trees outside were dropping these sticky little orange seeds or something onto the bikes, and they were pretty much caking the bikes by the time we got out to them in the morning.

While drying the bikes off at the car wash, a guy named Neil came up to us and asked if we were riding across the country for MS. This media attention is really paying off as people are starting to recognize us in each city we get some coverage!

Upon washing the bikes, we headed out for the far east end of the island, and had some great weather to start off with!

Riding toward PEI’s East Point

The weather was still awesome when we arrived at East Point.

PEI’s East Point

When we got out to East Point, it was hilariously windy, or W.A.F. as we called it last month up in the bird. We sat and ate our snacks provided by the wonderful ladies at the Cranford Inn, all while trying to not get blown into the ocean.

Check out dad’s hair for an indication of how windy it was

I decided to put on my rain pants before we left the East Point as it looked pretty nasty out to the west, but dad decided to risk it… luckily I pulled over about half way to Shaw’s and suggested we put on the rest of our gear as I could just feel the rain coming… and good thing we did as we got pounded again all the way to the Shaw.

Getting rained on between East Point and Shaw’s

Tonight we’re staying at Shaw’s Hotel in the north end of PEI, and we absolutely love it. This is the oldest inn in Canada, dating back to 1860, and we just had the best lobster supper that I’ve ever experienced. Dad says he’s on a sea-food diet here, but I think it’s a see food (and eat it) diet 😉

Anyway, Shaw’s is magnificent, and hopefully we can check out more of the property in the morning if the rain lets up.

Here are the points of interest for today:

On a side note, I don’t have a picture of them, but when I see the giant windmills here in PEI, I instantly think of the tripods from War of the Worlds. Anyone else?

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Day 7: Halifax to Charlottetown

This morning we were lucky enough to meet up with Tim Dunlop and his team from the MS Society Atlantic Division for breakfast. It was great to meet everyone, and thanks so much for the giant card and gifts. We really appreciate it, and we’ll definitely remember how you cheered us on as we left Halifax/Dartmouth.

The MS Society Atlantic Division

Brianna admiring Dad’s bike

Tim commenting on how comfortable my bike is

Lisa was worried she was going to wreck my bike somehow

Laureen and Whitney with dad’s bike

Before fully departing the area, we took an eastern shot to Cole Harbour (home of Sidney Crosby), and out to the location of Sunnyvale Trailer Park… well, at least where it was located. Looks like this wasn’t deemed a national park, or a Unesco site in time, as there is absolutely nothing left there but this fence to keep you out. Just a shame, but was still cool checking that place out while eating some chicken fingers, pepperoni sticks, and stirring my cut off 2 liter bottle drink with my hockey stick.

Sunnyvale Trailer Park… or what’s left of it.

Post Nova Scotia, we took a small dip into New Brunswick before heading over the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island. We heard rumours that it can be quite windy on the bridge, but we had no trouble as the size of the walls on the sides kept the ride smooth.

Upon landing on PEI, it was like we entered a whole new world. The landscape and houses were like nothing that I’ve ever seen before. We feasted on some massive “lobster supper” and I don’t think that I’m going to be hungry again for a few days… especially since I threw 3 pieces of pie and a strawberry shortcake on top of that 2lb lobster that I crushed.

Anne of Green Gables’ House

I cant really remember the story well, but we still decided to stop off and check out Green Gables since we were here. I had no idea that this area had been made into a national park. I guess it makes sense to preserve this though as it’s a big piece of our history. Unfortunately the information area was closed when we arrived, so I couldn’t pick up any souvenirs, but this photo will definitely suffice.

Upon returning to Charlottetown we met with Nigel Armstrong of The Guardian, and as I type this, our story has appeared in their online news.

Here are today’s points of interest:

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Route Planning: Not-So-Rough Draft #2

Ok I’ve tweaked the route quite a bit from what I had last time, and I think that this will work out better. Going to be in the bigger cities on nights when hopefully we can get together with the local MS Society chapters. The distance is about 500km shorter on this plan, but it still covers off everything nicely. The links below will bring up google maps with the route. Google broke it into 3 parts…

Total Distance: 11,940km

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Route Planning: Rough Draft #1

I’ve thrown together the first rough draft of the route, which will likely be modified as I look at it more. Right now I’ve just picked a basic route, and I’ll tweak it after discussing with dad and a few others who’s input I value. As the route stands, its 12136km give or take a bit. Anyway, have a look if you have some time, and let me know if you have any suggestions! Continue reading »

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Confederation Bridge

While looking at route planning, I saw that there was a bridge that connected Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, and after a little searching I’ve found it to be called the Confederation Bridge.

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.

A friend of mine who’s been over it said it was pretty amazing. Not sure how much the toll is, but it doesn’t really matter. This bridge will be conquered.

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