The Confederation Trail was calling. I had fallen off my bike and hurt my ankle so I stayed off the bike until I felt 100% better and that took three weeks. Meanwhile the last section of trail, in the far eastern side of the island, was the last part of the 273 kilometre trail we had yet to complete. My husband and I were doing both directions and we had 46 kilometres left. My ankle had to be in great shape to finish this quest.
We started in Souris,
a branch off the main trail, rode to New Harmony where we had finished our last ride and headed east. This section of the trail was well groomed, taking away the challenge of the previous time when I had fallen. There was a challenge however.
The previous day there was a short but severe thunder storm with torrential rain. The water on the trail was not dried up the next morning when we started. The water splashing up made us and our bikes filthy and it was slippery in several areas.
This part of the trail has sections which are under a thick canopy making one feel bathed in the green glow.
Shadows dance along the trail as well, one of my favourite experiences.
We arrived in Elmira, riding beside an old section of rail bed
as we cycled to the end of the trail.
Nearby the old train station looked on, having seen thousands complete the trail now and the rail back when.
An old caboose is in great shape
and the children’s play set provides the engine.
Back in Souris, we enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant to celebrate our completion of the trail. We enjoyed the meal but we enjoy our own fare and picnics just as well, sometimes better.
Souris is a pretty community by the sea. The old lighthouse stands its vigil in the outer part of the harbour
while along the shoreline, above the cliffs, apple trees with small fruit, have roots dug in for this year at least.
Having cycled the main Confederation Trail, now we will ride the areas we particularly enjoyed and some branch lines. We look forward to autumn colour on the trail before long.