trikebum and gypsy
trikebum and gypsy

Hi, I’m Barry Davidson from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  I’ve  been touring on my recumbent cargo trike since 2000.

Up till 3 yrs ago my touring was confined to Ontario. In 2013 I rode from   Peterborough ON to Nova Scotia 2800 kms.

In 2014 I packed up the trike and took the train to Halifax where I rebuilt the trike and rode to St John’s NL by way the Avalon Peninsula,  and back to Nova Scotia. 2600 kms cycled.

For 2015 I plan to cycle the perimeter of Prince Edward Island. And if time permits, the western shores of Cape Breton and Lake Bra dor

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Km 497 The North Cape Ride

My amazing week start with a bang! I got caught in a sudden thunderstorm at Green Park and took refuge in a picnic shelter. Thanks to Ross MacKie (manager of day use park) for letting me stay in the shelter for 24 hrs till the weather cleared.

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I then rode to Jacques  Cartier Provincial Park (this is where Cartier first landed in PEI) A fellow camper,  Zeke from Ottawa shared some fresh cod from the fish mart at Judes Point that he’d fried up. Tasty!

 

 

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As soon as I got to Tignish I bought a frying pan frome Home Hardware and olive oil from Tignish Co-op. I rode up to an older gentleman in a pickup to ask directions to the liquor store. We had a great chat. His name was Claude Goudet and he pressed $15 on me. He just wouldn’t take no for answer! He said he wished he could do what I was doing.

On the way out I stopped at the fish mart and bought some fishcakes which Kelly packed in ice for me.

I then rode to the North Cape lighthouse where they have an experimental windfarm. This is where the Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St Lawrence tides converge.

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That night I fried fishcakes  in the dark. 

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  Can you see my trike at the base of the windmill? 

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      I got to baptize Gypsy in ‘the big red mud’.

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Next morning I came back down to Tignish hoping to buy a plastic flipper for  my frying pan. (Ever try cooking fishcakes in a non-stick pan with only a fork and butter knife for utensils? )  Sadly, it was Sunday and Home Hardware was closed.

A lady drove up to me in the empty lot and said she’d seen me and waved a few times and wanted to meet me. Linda asked what I needed and I explained about the flipper.

“Which way you going? She asked.  “Skinners Pond” I said. “Well go ahead, I’ll catch up to you”. And she drove off. 30 minutes later her car pulled up with daughter Monica waving a flipper out the window!

 

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This is where Stompin Tom Connor went to school. Apparently he ran away from home when he was 13, and rode the rails across Canada.

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The ride down 14 from Skinners Pond was peaceful, quiet, serene…..alright boring. Fields sloping gently to the sea. Most of the shoreline seemingly featureless, compared to the east shore with its numerous inlets, bays and coves. The seascape more interesting as I neared West Cape. Strong headwinds most of the day. (Hotfeet)

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I stayed at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park in West Point. All provincial parks have no wifi except this and one other, where they are doing a pilot project. They charged me $5.95 plus tax for wifi, and it was slow and spotty.

As I rode out the next morning,  I was formulating a nice letter to ParksPEI in my mind. How charging for wifi won’t fly, and that at Dillons restaurant in Tyne Valley I got a breakfast sandwich and a large coffee plus free (good) wifi for $5.79.

8 kms out of West Point I saw a man in a pickup,  waiting at a crossroad. When I came up to him he got out of the truck and handed me a cold Pepsi. He said he’d seen me on the road and was going to bring me water but forgot. We both had Pepsi and a wonderful roadside chat. His name was Minor Campell,  a self employed mechanic and fisherman. We talked fishing and Irish moss harvesting. He’d never been away from home.

“Do you like bar clams?” he asked. “I don’t know…never had them.” I replied. “Well which way you headed? I’ll catch up to you.” And he drove off.

20 minutes later he he showed up, parked the truck to give us shade and pulled out 2 250 ml jars of clams and 2 forks. They were delicious. …great texture. He said he picks them and cooks and bottles them himself.

While we talked he polished off his jar while I was only half way done. I was feeling full, but I got the impression I was supposed to finish them. I guess he wanted his jar…..so I cheerfully obliged.

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About 30 kms dowm the road I stopped at the Acadian Fisherman’s Co-op where I had bbq grilled haddock on a bun for $7.95. I’m full of seafood and loving it!

So there it is. A 380 km ride on beautiful,  mostly flat or gently sloping, paved roads. The traffic very light and very considerate.

To my cycling friends: For those who like railtrails, the Confederation trail runs tip to tip 273 kms. I tried it for 5 kms but I found it boring and the suface was slow. But I did notice they have picnic shelters along the trail….. a good spot to pitch a tent. The only people I met were tourists from Massachusetts.

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For myself the roads are best for cycling.  The drivers are considerate and careful around cyclists. The vistas are better and you get a chance to meet the locals. So far, I truly believe PEI is a cyclist’s paradise.

Tomorrow morning I start the Central Coastal Ride.

 

110 kms Summerside PE

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’ll get” F Gump

Well things haven’t gone quite as planned but along the way I’ve met some beautiful people.

I hopped the train in Cobourg ON last Sunday at 10 AM with  my boxes.  The train was delayed in  Montreal for 2 hrs as an engine part had to be replaced. It was delayed again in Merimachi NB for an hour and a half . So finally arrived in Sackville NB on Monday at 6:30 PM 31 hours later. A long time in coach.

Robert from Sackville Taxi stuffed me and my boxes in his minivan and took me to Tantamar Motel owned by a nice Korean couple and their bouchon Tori (spelling??) 🙂 Later he brought me beer and pizza. I came, I drank, I ate, I crashed.

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Tuesday while putting the bike together I met another guest…a motorcylist from Halifax who was just coming back from an 8000km tour. Rob got a steak and cooked it on the BBQ for us….a nice evening. Thanks Rob!

Wednesday I started out for PEI on NB940, a real quiet road. It got even quieter…no traffic at all! A NB road crew guy stopped and told me the road was closed 25 kms ahead as they were installing culverts. I asked if there was some way I could get around it there.  He asked how much the trike weighed.

I told him 175 with gear. No problem he said we’ll carry it over. And they did!

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When I got there the excavater operator started filling in a 6 ft swath for my bike. I rode it down the embankment and 2 of the lads lifted it up 4 ft on the other bank and I was good to go. The one cracked jokes about paving the way and the Acadian guy said “yup da hinglish an da french workin’ togedder hee hee”.

I rode for another 3 hours in 30C till I saw the ocean for the first time. At Murray Beach I stopped to get wet and stayed the night. I met a nice couple from Moncton and their dog Sadie who splashed and frolicked in the water and on the exposed sandbars as the tide ebbed. The sunset was glorious.

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I blissed out in my tent on the beach with no fly….as I looked up at the black starry sky and fell asleep to the sounds of the surf as the tide ebbed and flowed.

Thursday I made it to Confederation Bridge where the  Bridge Authority guys put me and my trike in a pickup truck and deposited me on the other side. Cyclists and peds not allowed on bridge but they have a shuttle service. $8.50 for cyclists. .. $4.50 for pedestrians. That’s round trip. You pay when you leave.

At the 110 km mark I rode into Summerside at 8:30 PM and found Rotary Friendship Park where I set up my tent in the dark. After packing up at 8 in the morning I rode out of the park and at the first 4-way stop the front steerer tube fork snapped off and the trike and I collapsed on the front wheel. No injuries…im Within 15 minutes 5 people stopped and asked if they could help. I was directed to Bikeworks by the Confederation trail . David couldn’t fix it as he didn’t have the part.

So here I am at the Mulberry Motel.  I think I’m doing more motelling than cycling or camping!

I texted my bro Charlie and he sent out a part. It should get here Tuesday. I shoud be on the road again by Wednesday.

I’ve met some wonderful people here and they’ve all been so good to me.

In New Brunswick and PEI.

Tune in next week for the further adventures of trikebum! 🙂

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Off to PEI!

wpid-20150816_115425.jpgWell I’m on th e train Coboug to Montreal with 2 hour layover, then onto Sa ckville NB where I’ll arrive 28 hrs later. This is the hardest part of the trip. 26 hrs sitting up, but hey it’s cheap! 🙂

On arrival I’ll unpack and reassemble my trike in the station lot. From there it’s a day’s ride to Confederation Bridge where I begin my PEI adventure. The plan is to ride around the whole coast, maybe 1000 kms. (I think I can smell the seafood from here…mmmmmmm)

After that I plan to catch the Woods Island ferry to Pictou NS. From there I’ll ride to Cape Breton highlands and the Cabot Trail.

Well that’s the plan…let’s see how it all unfolds!

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Prince Edward Island 2015

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My tour this year is Prince Edward Island.  I’ll ride around the perimeter of the island,  a distance approximately 1000 kms.

Just bought train passage for first leg of trip. Leaving Cobourg ON August 16th at 10:31 am and change trains at Montreal QC; arriving Sackville NB August 17th at 14:06.

Train date confirmed
Train date confirmed

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This is the hardest part of the trip. 24 hrs in economy coach class sitting up all the way. but well worth it. It’s cheap and I can take my 100 lb. oversize trike in checked baggage at no extra charge. Though I need to take it apart and pack in 2 separate boxes.

At Sackville Via station I will re-assemble it  and as the day will be just about done, I’ll find a place to lay my head for the night. In the morning I’ll ride about 67 kms to the Confederation Bridge. Bicycles not allowed on the 27 km span but they have a shuttle service for cyclists and pedestrians.

Cycling tbe East Coast pt 1

In 2013 I rode from Peterborough ON through the Eastern Townships of Quebec and through New Brunswick following the old highway along the Maine border to Nova Scotia.
In NS I rode the Northumberland shore, the Eastern shore and part of the South shore to Lunenburg and back to Halifax where I packed up my recumbent cargo trike at the Via Rail station and took the train home.
The total distance cycled was 2800 kms