Day 16 – Borden-Carelton, PEI to Charlottetown. Total 50km. Total to date 1317 km.

This morning we awoke to windy and rainy conditions in PEI. Suffice it to say that they stayed that way for the entire day.

In really short today was brutal and by far our worst day of cycling yet. My knee was in constant agony and there was no way PEI was planning to take it easy on me. With the hills and wet pavement it was very slow moving. With the insane winds it was a fight to stay in the side of the road or to maintain any semblance of momentum.

My knee was in such a bad state that I ended up walking several hills that I should be able to cycle without problems. The issue now is with my right knee sore (which is my lead leg)ย  I am having to rely on my left leg to do 80% of the work. This is of course not sustainable.

I did manage to grab a photo of the confederation bridge as we got a view early in the morning:

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Also notice how angry the sky looks…

So Julie and I spent some time discussing my knee situaton the last few days. You may or may not know that last year onย  a 2 week trip Julie had similar knee issues, and on the 2nd to last day her knee entirely gave out. A dislocated kneecap, 2 weeks of barely being able to move, 6 weeks of physio, and almost 2 months of the.summer she couldn’t cycle. All of this to say that I am worried that I am bordering on exactly that.

As Julie and I have said from the getgo is we have to listen to our bodies, and that health is the most important priority for our trip. For these reasons we are making the very sad and difficult decision to postpone the remainder of the trip for the time being. One day we plan to tackle the West Coast, but in current state it is not wise.

We will be taking a couple days in Charlottetown to prepare to fly home and drop off our stuff. Then we plan to vanish for a couple of weeks and fall off the grid. We need a vacation to process all of this and to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

This will likely be the last blog post for a while. I may start a new blog for our cycling and other adventures, as I am really enjoying writing and sharing photos and fun.

Thanks to everyone who replied to the blogs and on facebook. We really enjoyed hearing from you, getting your well wishes, and support ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a big cheers to all of you out there!!

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13 thoughts on “Day 16 – Borden-Carelton, PEI to Charlottetown. Total 50km. Total to date 1317 km.

  1. kate sutherland says:

    Wes & Julie – very sorry to hear of your decision but (imo) it is a wise one to make. You’ve had bad luck with the weather – but this is Canada! I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and I am praying to the Goddess of Healthy Joints for your knee. xoxo Kate

  2. Larry McCoy says:

    I am really sorry to hear about the decision you had to take regarding your knee. I know that it must bring a lot of deception to both of you, but there are times when we have by far, no choice. I think you were both great and that you both put a lot of effort into what you have both accomplished. There are no two ways about it, your health comes first. I am proud that you opted to take care of your knee. Good luck to both of you.

  3. Cathy says:

    Wes and Julie! Be proud of all that you have accomplished! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care of your knee Wesley…and have an awesome vacation away xo

  4. Madee says:

    We are very proud of your accomplishment good work !
    Mom,Dad

  5. Sheila says:

    Hi Wesley and Julie,
    Congratulations on all of the travels and distance that you accomplished despite the weather, terrain, and the pain. You are both a wonderful inspiration to all. Health is so important and it is quite understandable that the trip will have to to be delayed for the time being. Thanks for the wonderful blogs! They enabled us to stay in contact and get a feeling of what it was like to travel alongside.
    Good luck with the knee, take time to relax and have a great vacation abroad!

  6. Holly says:

    Congrats on what you have done so far. It amazes me every time I read your blog!! Take care of yourselves adn enjoy!

  7. Ray C says:

    Wesley, Julie,

    Sorry to hear you have to postpone the trip. Take heart in knowing you’ve inspired others, myself included! Hope the knee heals quickly and you’re back on the road again soon.

    Best wishes,

  8. high five and raspberries says:

    As I said before, we are very proud of you both. You followed your dream, something many of us will never do. Your Doggie sends a high-five !

  9. Danielle Bernier says:

    Be proud of yourselves and I’m sure the decision you took is the good one! Your dreams are not over, they are just postponed… Keep smiling and BRAVO for those awesome days of cycling!! xoxo

  10. Paula says:

    I am really sorry to hear about the decision you had to make about your knee and sorry that you had cut your trip short but as someone who has had a bad knee injury, it is vital to take care of your knee before it gets too bad. I hope that you guys will have a great anniversary.xoxo

  11. Louise D. says:

    What you guys did was incredible. The choice to listen to your knee is a wise one. I am so proud of what you did, how you pushed on despite pain and bad weather and kept smiles on your faces in pics. You are truly a biking inspiration. Now… Go enjoy your time off grid. You truly deserve it. And happy anniversary to you both. CHEERS!!! xoxo

  12. Denis Q says:

    We are all proud of you! You brave to do what you did!! We hope that you have a safe flight home and you will both recover and be in full health!

    xoxo

  13. patrickce says:

    Hey dude, wishing you all the best with your knee trouble, I hope it recovers fully as soon as possible. You can’t keep pushing 120km days with a dodgy knee; you have to look after yourself, so you made the right decision in stopping. Do you think you’ll go the other way from Vancouver to Montreal if your knee gets better?

    By the way, I was seriously impressed by the amount of distance you guys were covering, and how fast. Over 1000km in two weeks is fantastic! Take some time out to think about your achievements because it truly is extraordinary, and then use that sense of fufilment it to fuel your next trip!

    Have a great holiday and please keep posting blogs.

    All the best, your fellow cycle-buddy Patrick

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