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 )