Two friends are cycling across P.E.I. just for the fun of riding

Brian McInnis
Published on July 28, 2014

Cyclists Dawn Fowler and Konia Trouton tackle one of the hills in Cavendish Monday

©Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

There are avid cyclists who jump on their bikes for a ride around town or to the office or to stay in shape, but then there are cyclists like Dawn Fowler and Konia Trouton.

The two friends live in Victoria, B.C. and they have ridden their bicyces in a lot of places in this country and other parts of the world, but right now they are riding across the Island from tip to tip. 

They flew into Charlottetown three days ago and rented bikes from MacQueen's Bike Shop and one of the staff drove them to Tignish where they began their cycling journey. 

First they rode to North Cape which is at one tip of the Island and from there they began making their way to east Point which is the other tip. They sometimes use the Confederation Trail, but they want to stay close to the coast and in site of the ocean as much as they can plus they say the trail is boring - pretty much flat and no hills.

By early Monday afternoon they were chugging up the hill just past the Cavendish boardwalk on their way to the ocean side trail in the P.E.I National Park that will take them to North Rustico.

They realize this is not a unique trip (many cyclists have done it before), but they say they just love cycling. Not too long ago they rode from Olso, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark. They are not roughing it when it comes to sleeping because they are staying in bed and breakfasts along the way.

The two friends are cyling for the pure joy of it and what better way is there to see P.E.I.?