Saturday, August 4, 2012

St Peter's Bay to Mount Stewart

Trip Distance: 27.5 km
Time in saddle: 2:12

(Lori writing)
A lovely, leisurely ride today that allowed us to linger in various places. This section of the confederation trail is one of the most travelled, because of the pretty view of the bay. This is the most we've been on the trail so far and it was a treat. Flat, pretty, shaded in places and sheltered from the wind. After this experience, we are planning to take more of the trail.


We stopped often for photo opportunities, the first being this bald eagle that we are sure Barbara will love! We learned later that there are nine pairs of bald eagles in the area, and even a bald eagle festival.


We lingered in the town of Morell, first at the Welcome Centre (which was very welcoming!) to rearrange some of our upcoming planned route and reservations. A side note about that: we had our route planned out and accommodations all booked well in advance for a couple of reasons 1. I'm a planner ;) 2. This is high tourist season and many places book up 3. Put #1 and #2 together, and I needed the security of knowing I had a place to sleep each night. But no amount of planning would tell me how I would feel after these rides, and how many days rest I would need. So we have been learning to adjust and refine the route/plans according to our experience as we experience it. This is a little new for me, as usually when I have a plan, I stick to it because I'm just not very good at adjusting quickly to new information (other people call this spontaneity).

Then we had lunch at the only restaurant in town, Cross Keys. Taco salad and a lamb burger with fries. The salad was small and disappointing, but not bad enough to complain about. So when the waitress came over and asked how things were, I said good. But then she said, "You know, I've had a couple of complaints this week that the taco salad is kind of skimpy" We hardly had a chance to agree before she said "How about I bring you some yam fries on the house to fill the hole?" It really doesn't take much for service to be good, and that waitress just turned our whole experience around. And the fries were awesome!




During one of our photo stops another touring couple stopped to chat. They had been cycling for two years! There's a shared camaraderie among cycle tourers, and we ended up swapping stories and checking out each other's gear for about half an hour. I'm proud to say that these veterans gave many nods of approval toward our setup, especially my Surly Long Haul Trucker and Brooks saddles which they both had. If you're interested, they blog their travels at www.changinggears.blogspot.com

Tonight we treated ourselves to a night at a bed and breakfast in Mount Stewart: Water's Edge B&B. Our hosts Sue and Rob were delightful, greeting us with lemonade, giving us trail advice, and swapping travel stories. 



(Bram) Dinner was at the small diner in town. It was mostly pretty mediocre, fish and potatoes (frozen fish) and overdressed Caesar salad with overdone chicken breast. The dessert was a tasty homemade blueberry cheesecake though, and definitely worth having. 




We're now on the road again, so our post about breakfast will have to wait!

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like it was a really nice more relaxing day for you guys. I suppose the meals couldn't all be awesome. I was about ready to plan a trip there just for the food until this post :-)

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    1. It was, and we needed the rest for today! The food was a miss, but if we had a car we would have simply gone further to eat, so I think you can still safely book the trip is the meals appeal ;)

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  2. I'm guessing you didn't get marshmallow dip with those fries?

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    1. Haha, thank goodness, no. Chipotle mayo though!

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