The weather is unpredictable this year. It had turned cold, then we had a few summer-like days which delighted and surprised us. Always ones to look for opportunities to cycle or walk/hike, we headed to Cavendish to ride on the west end of the bike/walk path along the Gulf Shore Parkway.
This parkway runs along by the Gulf on St. Lawrence and while lined with trees, opens periodically to beautiful beach and sea vistas. We always enjoy driving along the parkway so we’ve looked forward to cycling there since we ordered our bikes.
We unloaded our bikes at MacNeills Brook, overlooking the beach.
The last time we were here we saw hundreds of jellyfish along the shoreline. The beach is all but deserted today and there aren’t any jellyfish either. A gentle wave lapped the shoreline.
There wasn’t much traffic along the parkway, not that it would have affected us anyway. The slight breeze was warm, as we headed east. There were insects that day which isn’t surprising and it was the first time I’ve felt them hit my face as I rode along.
The road is lined with coniferous trees which show the effect of winter’s icy blast, especially on the seaward of the road.
Surprisingly, wildflowers lined the sides of the bike path even though it is past the middle of October.
We also saw a Great Blue Heron wading in the Gulf as gulls fed nearby.
At Mackenzies Brook, access to the beach has been cut off since rocks were placed along the beach where erosion was occurring. This area is also the site of a hole in the sandstone cliff, on its way to becoming a sea arch. I caught a photo of a bird in the opening quite by accident.
Along the shoreline at one location, there is an ark-like boat with an interesting message on its side. The couple will obviously remember that night and so will everyone else now.
One of the things I love about Prince Edward Island is the way the lifestyle of the people reflects both the land and sea. This pleasure boat is high and dry next to an old barn.
Down the road, cows in a pasture can look out to sea too.
Riding along, the sound of the sea was a constant. With the wind in your face and the fresh salt air, this ride along the Parkway was everything we imagined it would be.
What an interesting ride.
Enjoy every nice day that comes along! "Winter is coming."
Such beautiful blue skies, and such a lovely bike ride you shared. Thank you so much for the pictures so that I could go along with you. :-)
What a delightful ride. I love the photo of the bird in the (almost) arch. I couldn't have captured that if I had tried. And tried.
Thank you so much for taking us with you.
our weather has been much like yours. this week is going to be spring/summer like!! i am so happy that you are enjoying your bike...i am enjoying all of your images!!
the honeymoon suite is quite funny, i hope it was their boat!!
A wonderful ride indeed!
Thanks for sharing your views on this day. Living on the prairies, I enjoy seeing open oceans.
You make me want to put this on my wish list but I gave up cycling last year . enjoy cycling while you can.
A nice ride.
Great timing on that photo of the bird!
Ohh such a wonderful place😊Picture nr2 andthe ark boat pluss that special farm is really nice
I think it must have been so nice with the salt air from the see and the mild wind.You made a very nice post❤
yes, strange weather. We turn on our AC for few days.
Beautiful views....love most the first photo.
Have a wonderful day
I always enjoy seeing your great shots that you get on your bike rides. The weather here in Philadelphia has been similar. Cold and then warming up and vacillating back and forth. This week we are having some warmer weather again.
Such a beautiful area to explore by cycle or on foot. I am glad that on PEI you are not confronted with the obscene confrontations between indigenous and commercial lobster fishers that we see from Nova Scotia.
What wonderful memories to tide you through the long winter. Calm seas now, soon to be frozen.
I have many photos of fields of cows and pastures stretching, seemingly, out to sea.
Lovely to be close to the sea. The cows are lying down, that means it's going to rain.
I bet that was a wonderful ride. I can only imagine...
Love taking a ride with you and seeing the interesting and beautiful things along the way. Hope you're enjoying the Rads!
I like that arch.
I love your photos and the feeling they evoke. I sure Sarah and Lyle will be very happy together. HA!!!
Looks and sounds perfect Marie. You just have to love it when you download photos to find one like your bird in a frame shot, excellent 💙 The boat with the message made me smile, hopefully they are still blissfully happy. Hopefully you will still be able to take a few more rides before winter sets in 💜
Wonderful series of photos and beautiful scenery! It looks like a great area to ride your bike. I love the arch and trail near the cliff. Gorgeous views of the coast. The cattle and barn scene are favorites. Enjoy your day!
So much to explore... so much to see and enjoy.
What a fun bike ride! But insects hitting your face? I hope you kept your mouth closed!!! I really love the big hole in the rock - and that you happened to catch a bird in the middle of it is serendipitous!
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