July 23, 2018
After a very restful sleep in a comfortable bed, I was ready to continue on my journey. I got up at 6:30 am and by the time I had packed up my things, Lou had prepared a wonderful breakfast of Spinach omelettes, toast, coffee, pastry, and fruit.
Their hospitality made it difficult to leave but it was time to go, so after breakfast I said my goodbyes and headed to the Leamington Ferry Dock to catch the first boat to Pelee Island. It looked like it might drizzle bu I was lucky and the day started off at a cool 18 C ( 65 F ) and overcast. It was 23 km to the dock and I made it there, 15 minutes before the boat was to depart even though there was a small detour around the entrance to the dock.
I boarded the 10 am ferry and at 11:30 and after an uneventful voyage, I arrived at Pelee Island to a sunny, warm 22 C ( 72 F) day.
As I got off of the ferry, one of the bicycle passengers had a flat tire. I pumped it up for him but it appeared that it was a serious leak and would not last long. I googled the nearest bike shop and fortunately, it was only a few hundred meters away. He started to ride the bicycle but the tire went flat immediately so he walked it to the Bike shop.
I checked in at the town hall and information centre before starting my ride.
With the newly acquired information, I headed south. Pelee Island is not very large, but it is a nice place where the people are all very friendly and helpful. The locals always wave and greet you with a smile. The distance around the Island is about 30 km and the vegetation is similar to the mainland. I saw soya, grape and wheat crops on the island but there may be others I didn’t see any. I briefly stopped for a picture at the Pelee Island Winery before continuing on my ride.
As I got farther south, there were larger trees and the vegetation was thicker.
I noticed that there are a lot of butterflies on the island of varying shapes, sizes and colours. This one stopped long enough for me to take a picture:
Even though there is very little traffic on the island and no one drives very fast, I found this little fellow who hadn’t made it across the road in time:
I continued south to the Fish Point Provincial Nature Preserve and I hiked the 1.6 km to the southern point of the Island, before returning to my bike and riding north to the East Park Campground where I had reserved a campsite.
When I reached the campground, I checked in, unpacked my things and let them driy them on the picnic table while I took a shower and then rode around the island. I rode across the centre of the island back to the dock area because the bicycle shop was located there. I checked my tires and found that they were quite low ( about 40 psi ) so I pumped them back up to 75 psi.
I continued north until I found this “ shoe “ tree, but I wasn’t prepared to contribute to it:
I continued riding until I got to the north shore where I stopped at the island bakery for something to eat and of course have a Cappuccino and a triple chocolate brownie.
I then headed east along the north shore until I got to the east shore and then I rode north along a road that used to lead to the lighthouse but after almost reaching it, I had to turn back because the road had been washed out. There was no path straight ahead through the trees, there was a swamp on the left and the lake on the right, so I turned back and rode to the campsite. At the campsite there were two travellers on BMW motorcycles. One motorcycle was a very nice 2008 K1200S but what caught my eye was the classic BMW R 75/6, which is a 43 year old 750 cc, BMW motorcycle.
I talked for a little while with them before returning to my campsite to write my journal. The weather prediction was for a 30 – 40 % chance that it will rain overnight on the island. If it does, I will probably get wet.
Day 6 – Kingsville to Pelee Island:
Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 minutes
Travel Distance: 61 km ( 23 to the dock and 38 km around the island.
Conditions: 18 – 22 C ( 65 – 72 F ), initially overcast, sunny and then overcast again.
Accommodations: East Park Campground ( $21 )
2 thoughts on “Day 6 – Kingsville to Pelee Island”
Looks like vegetation on Pelee Island has “layers”…reminded me of New Zealand.
Cool Swallowtail pic. Too bad for the little Snapping Turtle.
How is the “Santa beard” coming along? Intriguing to hear stories about people you have met on your journey.
There are similarities in the vegetation to New Zealand.
The Santa beard is much longer than it ever has been. One of the ladies at church doesn’t like it ( because she doesn’t like beards ) so I tease her about it and tell her I won’t cut it until the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup ( which is not likely in my lifetime).