Crossing to Charlottetown

Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
Trip End Jun 23, 2012

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The Confederation Bridge

Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Heading east on Canada 2 out of Moncton, I'm less than an hour from Amherst, NS.  The weather is cold and dreary but I'm enjoying the scenery and the solitude.  Plus, I'm feeling a whole lot better now that the sketchy lobster roll is fully purged!

I roll into the Nova Scotia Welcome Center just outside of Amherst.  There's a big tour bus parked outside and blocking me from getting a pic of Hogzilla in front of the big sign.  Plus, there are a bunch of people standing behind the sign.  I wait 5 or 10 minutes for the bus and the rubberneckers to vacate but they don't.  Wanting to get back on the road, I squeak in behind the bus, snap a picture and head out.

I have to backtrack a kilometer or two to get to Highway 16 which is the route to the Confederation Bridge.  I have to make good time because the ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS leaves around 1 PM.  Once onto PEI, I either need to make the ferry or I need to turn around to avoid being screwed so my goal is the ferry.
The route to the bridge is uneventful.  Still cold and dreary, the scenery is nothing special but I'm enjoying the random houses and signage I see on the side of the road.  After what seems like too long, I start seeing the signs for the bridge.  Exciting!  The Confederation Brigde is the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world and is 12.9 kilometers (8 miles) long.  That's longer than the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan and the longest bridge I will have ever ridden on. 

Traffic backs up a bit getting onto the bridge but soon I am riding easily along.  There's no way to turn around, as traffic is coming the other way, so once you're on the bridge you're going to PEI whether you like it or not!  It is pretty windy but not as windy as Big Mac and before I know it I am on PEI.  I pull off to grab a quick pic before motoring south-ish on PEI, destined for Charlottetown.

Riding on Canada 1 towards Charlottetown, the scenery of PEI is all across the board.  It reminds me of a cross between Georgia and Michigan.  It's got the northern piney-ness of Michigan, but the soil is red like it is in Georgia.  I see a lot of agriculture and a lot of tourist attractions and places to stay. I find myself thinking that someday I will come back and spend more time. 

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