Our whole trip paralleled PEI, but we quickly cut over to the mainland side to get a better angle on the waves, and that yielded an acceptable wallow for about 75% of the trip. The main connection between PEI and the mainland is the Confederation Bridge which was just built in the late 90's. It's about 12 miles long and is quite the sight. Before that, all travel was via ferry.
|Lighthouse with Confederation Bridge in Background
It was a long day, but we finally made it to Pictou and anchored right near one of the (maybe the only) remaining ferry lines out to the eastern most end of PEI. It's a reasonably well protected spot, and a few evening storms rolling through were a preview of weather for the next day, today.
|Pictou Ferry Terminal with Storm Clouds
|Approaching Ferry and Storm
Early this morning, probably around 4:00, the wind kicked up again to 20-25kts as predicted, and our little bay kicked up a lot of chop, but it's still manageable. It's supposed to continue until late this morning then subside slightly, so we are waiting to see what happens. The wind direction will leave us with a side sea the whole trip, so unless things calm down, we'll just sit it out today.
From here, we've decided it's time to head home, and we are not going to visit the Bras d'Or lakes and Cape Breton. It's been a long trip, and a learning experience for both of us to see how long we can cruise before getting itchy, missing the kids, missing home, etc. A month is the longest we've ever been away before, and at the end of both of those trips we were ready to go home. We've been at this for 2 months now, and we are both looking forward to getting home. I see other cruisers who pack up their lives for 1, 2, 5, even 10 years and go cruising, but we couldn't do that. Fortunately Maine, Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton are very reachable from home and will definitely be part of a future trip where we can take the time to enjoy them properly.