Temperatures went from freezing to 20 C and continued for a few days which allowed my husband and I to continue cycling. We headed to the east side of the Gulf Shore Parkway in the National Park in the centre of Prince Edward Island and rode with the southerly breeze at our backs. We had looked forward to riding in this area and thought we’d have to wait until next year but the weather co-operated.
We parked near Brackley Beach and rode along the first section of the parkway which lies behind the sand dunes. Stairs over the dunes were covered in sand
and the beach was almost empty but for a small group enjoying the sun.
A bench by the stairs is a perfect location to sit and watch the riders.
A surprising number of people were enjoying the warm day on their bikes.
Further along the parkway, the fishing port of Covehead,
with its small lighthouse, sits quietly this time of year as the fishing season is long over.
Further along the parkway, two ponds on the seaward side were full of ducks such as Mallards, and American Black Ducks which we see often. However, American Wigeons,
and a female Northern Pintail were unfamiliar ducks I was thrilled to see.
At the Dalvay end of the parkway, we stopped to look over the beach before we turned around. It felt like an early September day.
On the way back, riding into the wind was more of an effort but the parkway is a beautiful ride and we used peddle assist.
We stopped at the Covehead lighthouse again
for another view of the coastline.
A sign near the lighthouse made me smile.
While we couldn’t see or feel any sand blowing around, when we arrived home, our hair and faces were gritty. Such is this November on the island.