2018-06-10

2018 The Pownal Shore

I'd spent much of Saturday cooking some home cured corned beef, so when Sunday rolled around, and seemed to pass quickly, I was determined to get out on the bike for a ride, in spite of the cool 11 degree Celsius, cloudy Sunday afternoon. As I was going out the door of my apartment, I opted to change out of my jeans and into some heavier riding pants, as well as to take my heated jacket in favour of the heated vest, and am I ever glad I did! It was cool just walking or sitting around, but my legs and feet said "This is fall riding weather!".


End of the road for the Versys
Charlottetown PE to Stratford to Pownal and return
I decided that I'd scope out the Tim Horton's parking lot just down the street, and sure enough there were a couple of older riders there, Derrick a Ducati pilot, and ???? I forgot already, although he was mounted on a nice well maintained 2016 Honda CRF250L. We chatted for a while and they headed home, while I headed East across the bridge, then turned south past my office to follow the shoreline. I thought about heading out to Point Prim, as the lighthouse out there is pretty nice, but much of the ride would have been on the boring Trans Canada Route 1, so opted instead to stop at all the little access roads that I could find that took me out to the south shore of Stratford as I made my way East.


The Versys doesn't like wet clay, and to be truthful, neither do I. It's slicker than snot and harder to get off your clothes. Luckily the roads were dry enough for me to have a wee bit of adventure without calling a friend for recovery.

The Ministry of Defence Rifle Range... Red Flag is up!








There is a mud hole just up ahead.
Yeah, I'm a wuss, and the thought of trying to pick up 500lbs of street bike just didn't appeal, so I turned around rather than test out the Shinko 705s in that mud hole just up and around the corner. Beat a hasty retreat back out the road to look for another likely candidate to take me out to the shore.










The apple blossoms are beginning to litter the shoulder with their petals









Back in Charlottetown I found that I wasn't quite ready to put the bike away yet, so headed around Victoria Park and back over to the Timmies where I ran into some of the Red Isle Riders that were out with the same idea as I, although when Mikala asked me if I wanted to join them for a ride out to Montague, I suddenly remembered I had an appointment with my couch and a nice hot cuppa. :D

Brighton Lighthouse, Charlottetown PE



And that was pretty much it for today, just a short Sunday fling that made me remember why I bought those tires for this bike, and why I enjoy riding the Versys instead of a sport touring bike. :D

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Cheers!

2018-05-21

2018 Queen Vickie's Birthday Ride

I'd spent a beautiful spring day on the long weekend in my apartment, and dreaded returning to work on Monday to be asked "What did you do with your weekend?". Well, Monday rolled around and although I needed a cup of coffee to get my @ss in gear, I the bike rolled out of the garage and down the road to the local Tim Hortons where I met up with Haldane on his 1999 Honda VFR who was waiting on some the Rde Isle Riders who were going out for an afternoon run. What the heck? I've been a member of the group since last year and had yet to put in an appearance, so I asked if I could tag along, and away we went.

East Point Lighthouse and the Red Isle Riders

Charlottetown PE to Souris PE to East Point Lighthouse to St. Peters PE to Charlottetown.


Charlottetown to East Point & Return - 248km

I think we talked more than we rode, but that was okay with me, as I'm not quite up to a twelve hour day in the saddle just yet. It took us a little over 5 hours to ride 250 km today. Lots of stops and I had two cups of coffee and a cup of tea to keep going.


Montague PE



Using the front rotor as a bottle cap opener almost worked... 

The boys are due back home and have to fly. 

Our glorious leader for the afternoon. 

Now things are looking up!

Why are we stopping?!




Farm equipment has right of way when it comes to bikes. 



Souris lunch stop




East Point Lighthouse








Campbells Cove Campground


If you are still looking to hook up with us, Ron made us head to this campground so he  could take some pictures





Follow the Unicorn!







It's cooled off and that wind doesn't help



And she gets us all back to C Town in one piece!

Thanks for letting me tag along!



The Usual Suspects
 Eli is putting a few coats of wax on his 2018 BMW S1000RR




Have a blast out there, and remember, shiny side up!