July 25, 2013: We arrived on the Island of PEI, I wrote about it here. We spent a few days exploring and relaxing and one day we also got rained out and could not ride the North Cape Loop, which has the highest concentration of lighthouses in North America and a spectacular coastline. Just one more reason to go back . . .
A storm was brewing and expected to hit the North Cape the next morning so we decided to stay put and not ride anywhere. Good thing too as a funnel cloud hit Summerside, PEI and created a deluge of water and flooding and it was right along our intended route. Since the weather was iffy, VstarLady decided to go for a long walk and I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep pace so I put on my wet weather gear and went exploring . . .
David asked about the red dust/dirt so I thought I would provide a few photos. The next one I may have posted before.
Most of the local roads have a reddish colour. Probably due to the inclusion of the red sand. Most of the parking areas are dirt or gravel and when wet they are as slippery as talcum powder. That's why you notice that I parked on the asphalt and not on the dirt portion
While this parking area appears to be paved, it isn't. Many cars and trucks have trampled the ground, over time, which gives the appearance that it has been paved. It is not completely flat and there are puddles everywhere
I am not a fan of riding in mud or gravel but I stopped for a photo because of the name. I mean, how can I resist ?
Notice that while they were experiencing record temperatures back home in Vancouver with no rain for days, we are here under overcast skies and threatening rain, hardly seems like July
I decided to spend some time here, walking about, visiting the gift store and snapping a few photos of the old lighthouse and then I decided to head south for a few miles and explore the countryside. I am not in a rush to go anywhere. Eventually I head back to Cavendish to have a snack, find Karen and head back to camp
Notice that they have red dirt roads here too. Our time was too limited and it would have been nice to stay a few more days but the weather was not on our side
The next day we (Karen) decided that we should go to Wood Island
The plan was to park on pavement and walk the short distance on the red dirt. I look at how far it was and decided to just ride . The walk would have killed me . . .
Here's a short video of our off-road adventure