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Day 10 -The Island Walk

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Today, 22 kilometres from Lake Verde to Charlottetown!

After a good night’s sleep at Crissy’s, who lives near Lake Verde and welcomed me into her home, I set out on the trail early. Crissy is a childhood friend of Bay’s, my friend back home in Prince Edward County.

My view from the trail while eating lunch

Another dry, blue sky day with strong winds. Except for some road walking on busy roads as I approached Stratford and Charlottetown, much of the walk was on the Confederation Trail. It’s so peaceful and today’s section varied between forests and vistas of fields and ponds.

I’m finding the road walks on highways challenging, not physically, but stressful. Of course, there aren’t options other than some road walks on a long distance trek like this, especially when you’re trying to get into a city. Thankfully it wasn’t too far.

Though this was also a road walk, I was excited to cross the Hillsborough bridge into Charlottetown. Crossing bridges is fun, even when they’re busy and the wind is threatening to pitch you over the side.

There is a wide, newly built bike and pedestrian path on one side that made the crossing much safer than when the first walkers did the inaugural trek, as outlined in Bryson’s guide. Then, there was nothing for pedestrians. Remember to cross at the lights though. I foolishly had to negotiate many lanes of traffic and then jump the rail!

Yes, another random potato. This one on the Hillsborough bridge.

It was good to be in a city again. Joe Gzig park, where this section ends, is nice.

There’s no numbered sign (would be waypoint 32) but this sign does the trick!

I arrived in Charlottetown a lot earlier than originally planned so I headed for restaurant food at Stir it up Vegan. It’s just a kilometre from the park in The Founders Hall and Market.

Excellent vegan food.

My host tonight is my brother’s friend, Bruce. I am being spoiled by all this amazing Prince Edward Islander hospitality!

Lastly, the Lennon Recovery House fundraiser is now at $4205! Thank you! If you haven’t donated and would like to, or just want to learn about Lennon House and what the funds are for, this is the link.

More adventures to come! Christine

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