Saturday September 26, 2015
I woke up feeling very sad today. Last night Ralf and I decided to head straight down to Halifax instead of cycling to Sydney, Nova Scotia, the funds are running low and we want to end the trip on a high not thinking about whether we can afford a motel or have to sleep in a ditch (it hasn’t come to that really). This means that the Grand Adventure, Part One is almost over. I feel as if I have come to an abrupt stop on a moving sidewalk.
Breakfast is served at 8:00, we would have had a nice lie-in but for the first time in a very long time we are sharing the dorm room with a man that snores and boy can he snore. Sylvan, a young French guy we were talking to is on the bunk above him and he said that the bunk was vibrating!
We had a nice relaxing morning after breakfast. Then we wandered around the historic downtown of Charlottetown. It seems smaller than we remembered from last time we were here.
Charlottetown in 1864 the founding fathers got together and created Canada.
One of the odd things about the men who gathered in PEI at this time, two of them had exactly the same name – John Hamilton Gray.
The Confederation Building is undergoing renovations.
Eckhart the little bronze frog is part of a “scavenger hunt” for kids that takes them around the important land marks in Charlottetown.
There are a number of large churches ranging from Catholic, Anglican to United.
This building was converted to a bonding warehouse. It was probably the most secure building in Charlottetown in its day. PEI was the first Province to impose prohibition, but still allowed alcohol to be moved through PEI. This building was where the alcohol was kept. All the shutters are metal.
We got back to the hostel at about 3:00 and spent a couple of hours trying to find flights or the train back to Barrie. It looks as though we may be taking the train, but it is always difficult to find how much it costs with the bikes. We will finalize the bookings when we get into Halifax.
We are spending a couple of days with Shaun and Marsha in Dartmouth while we make the final arrangements.
After dinner, we chatted to other backpackers in the lounge about their trips. We had a nice relaxing day in Charlottetown.