Since Hannah and I will never be “thru hikers” of the Appalachian Trail ( those hiking 2000+ plus miles), we look for other shorter “end to end” experiences. A trip to Prince Edward Island last June got us thinking about biking the 273 kilometres of the Confederation Trail in Prince Edward Island from North Cape to East Point (Tignish to Elmira).
Especially for me, one major downside of hiking the AT is the overnight sleeping arrangements. Either we would be squeezed in a shelter with six to twenty others, a number of who would be locomotive snorers; or we’d camp in a tent and sleep on the ground. Daniel Boone I am not.
The beauty of this trans-PEI trip is that we’ll be in a bed each night. The AT is a four to six month commitment; the CF in PEI is a three day commitment. Do I hear any Amen?
Starting in the town of Tignish in the western part of the island, we’ll spend the night before we head East at Murphy’s Tourist Home. In the 1950s, when our family would travel from New Jersey to my grandparent’s home in St. Petersburg, FLA, we would stay, rather than in a motel, in someone’s house, which was called a tourist home.
Our first day ride is the big one as we will bike 109 kilometres (about 70 miles) to Summerside, PEI. That night we’ll stay at the Willow Green Farm B and B, where we stayed last year. As a one-time railroad track, the Confederation Trail is level, wide enough to ride side by side, and with only the occasional crossroad that requires our full attention.
Our second day we’ll travel 95 kilometres (about 60 miles) to Mount Stewart and stay at the Water’s Edge B and B. Where we stay each night depends on where there are accommodations.
On our last day we’ll have but 68 kilometers (about 40 miles) left to reach our destination. We’ll soak our feet in the Gulf of St. Lawrence at Points East Beach Motel in North Lake.
At least that is our plan.
Why we are seeking your financial support is that we are riding to raise money for a dear friend of ours and her family. See our fundraising letter below.
Hannah and I would like you to consider donating to support our ride across Prince Edward Island this coming June.
With Hannah’s left leg healed from her water skiing accident last summer, we are going to bike the entire 273 kilometres of the Confederation Trail in PEI. We are raising money for our friend, Amy Paquette, and her family (husband Mike and three boys, age five, seven, and ten). Amy was a student teacher of mine during her teacher education at the University of New England and currently is a third grade teacher in Kennebunk, Maine. In January, Amy suffered a leaking brain aneurysm and had successful emergency surgery in Boston. Three months later, she is home recovering and participating in regular physical therapy. Hannah and others have made meals for the Paquette family, but we’d like to do a little more for them.
Hannah and I would invite you to support our fundraiser for the Paquette family by donating five cents per kilometre ($13.65 total) for our bike ride across PEI. This money would go directly to the Paquette Family for a family adventure, necessary expenses (extra, added, unforeseen), or anything they choose to do with the money.
If you would like to donate to our ride, please send us a check made out to the “Paquette Family” at our address below. Please consider sending the check by April 20th.
Dan and Hannah Rothermel
162 Chases Pond Road
York, Maine 03909
So if donating is in your budget, we’d love you to support us and the Paquettes as we ride across Prince Edward Island.