48.5 km 18km/hr, 2342 km so far
PEI is not very big. A 100km day from Charolettetown in any direction, other than west, maybe, will leave you in pretty deep water. Today our goal was to position ourselves for a fairly short run to the ferry off of the island, tomorrow. Montague seemed like a good jumping off point.
We took our time today and opted to try the Confederation Trail for at least part of the trip. It was way better than New Brunswick’s contribution to the TransCanada Trail system. The path was wide and well cared for. Gates protect it from motorized vehicles and are so tight they almost protect it from us too. The trail was very quiet.
As we approached Montague we were surprised by a familiar “horse drawn vehicles use this road” sign followed closely by the sign”Eggs for Sale no Sunday Sale” at the end of a driveway with the name Ammon M Miller on the mailbox. Eli J Miller is just down the road. We had heard that a group of Amish from the Norwich area (the source of the St Helens community) had moved to PEI. Here we had found them!! They actually made CBC news back in March when the first family arrived. The Amish had been starting new communities in Ontario (Brockville, Engelhart, Echo Bay) but this is the first I have heard of them trying a new province. They are coming for lower land prices, but some of the locals are hoping they will become something of a tourist attraction, adding to the quaintness of the island.
Tomorrow we begin the last leg of our trip.