Blowin' in the Wind

Monday, May 31, 2010 Road Junkies 0 Comments

Day 31:  Moncton, NB to Charlottetown, PE.  Leaving New Brunswick this morning, we finally spotted a female moose, the first moose we've seen on this trip, despite traveling in areas where the large beasts are said to be prolific.  Signs warned that moose were in the area.  Near Port Elgin, a female moose came loping up to the roadside and paused.
We slowed down to avoid hitting her should she continue across the highway, but the tractor-trailer driver behind us did not.  As we pulled over to the shoulder to try to get a photo of the moose, the truck driver blew past us, honking his horn, and the moose scampered back into the woods.

The Confederation Bridge joins New Brunswick and mainland Canada with Prince Edward Island across the Northumberland Strait.  The eight-mile curved bridge, the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, was an object of much debate before its construction in the 1990s.
Confederation Bridge
Before the bridge was built, access to PEI was by ferry most of the year and iceboat in the winter.  Farmers, fishermen, tourism operators and residents of Prince Edward Island had sharply contrasting opinions about how year-round access to the mainland would affect their way of life and livelihood.  The question was eventually put to a vote by islanders, and 60 percent wanted the bridge.

At a cost of one billion dollars, Confederation Bridge was built to last for 100 years withstanding the driving winds and crushing ice of the strait and even impacts with passing ships.  Wind barriers were required in the bridge's design because the strait is often buffeted by high winds (including today), sometimes gusting so high that bridge traffic is disrupted.  The toll for the bridge is C$42.50, but you are not required to pay until you leave the island.
Blockhouse Point Lighthouse
On PEI, we had no difficulty tracking down a few lighthouses. One interesting example was Blockhouse Point near the village of Rocky Point.

Walking along the waterfront in Charlottetown this evening, we saw a baker's dozen sailboats engaged in what we can only describe as synchronized sailing.  No doubt, this is not what this activity is called.  However, they were all close together performing the same maneuvers at the same time.  It was fascinating to watch and we're hoping before we leave town we'll be able to find someone who can enlighten us about what was going on.
Sailboats maneuvering
  • Miles driven:  153
  • High temp:  54° F
  • Letterboxes:  0 (1 unsuccessful attempt)
  • Moose:  1
  • Foxes seen on a walk:  5
  • Sailboats:  13
MONDAY, 31 MAY 2010