Sunday, March 20, 2016

Quick update

So, for those of you who missed the first installment you can read it here.

Just to keep all of you up to date, I have managed to get the majority of both trike frames built. Some of my welds look like a giant metallic bird pooped on the tubing but that is what they invented grinders for. I can only hope that there will be enough strength in the welds to hold these trikes together. Another reason I am building them so far ahead of the actual trip. I am not positive but I think it could hurt to have the frame crack while we are riding across PEI, both physically and financially. If they break closer to home it will only hurt physically.

Route planning is still ongoing but I have learened of Confederation Trail. When Prince Edward Island’s railway was abandoned in 1989 Islanders were quick to notice a unique opportunity. The idea of a tip-to-tip shared use walking and cycling trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter was born. With beautiful rolling hill scenery , quaint villages and broad bay seascapes, the Confederation Trail is PEI's portion of the Trans Canada Trail.

The 410 kilometers of rolled stone trail has gentle gradients which never exceed 2%. This Island wide exploration corridor is ideal for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. The main trail starts in Tigerish at kilometre 0 and ends in Elmira at kilometer 273. Branch trails extend into the heart of Charlottetown and to the waterside communities of Souris, Georgetown, Montague, Wood Islands, Murray River and Murray Harbour plus the link to the Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton. {Shamelessly plagerized from a Confederation Trail brochure.}

I am also going to have to locate a shipping company that will be willing to move our trikes across this fine country for us with  out using our whole budget. I found one that claimes to be able to move bikes for $150 but only if they fit in a specific size box. So, that search continues. Right now I am thinking that Air Canada Cargo might be the best way to go. They seem to have a reasonable rate and we can actually rent a half container from them and they will ship it to our destination and store it for upto six days with no extra cost. So, we could fit both trikes and most; if not all; of our gear in the container and ship it out almost a full week before we go.