A huge thanks to Mitch Cormier of CBC PEI for the great interview and wonderful chat about the amazing potential for hiking and cycling tourism on Prince Edward Island. Check out the wonderful article below!
'You have time to just think about the things you don't normally consider in your daily life'
Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton, from Simcoe, Ont., arrived on the Island on Sept. 10.
They have been hiking along the Confederation Trail, which is P.E.I.'s portion of the Great Trail.
It is all part of their epic three-year journey to walk across the country to all three coasts.
The Great Trail, touted as the longest recreational trail in the world, is comprised of multi-use trails that span more than 24,000 kilometres throughout Canada.
"So it took about a year to do the preparation to get out here and start hiking."
They started at the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and then crossed onto Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
After hiking along the Great Trail there, they arrived at Wood Island, P.E.I. last Tuesday.
"When we're on these beautiful trails, like the Confederation Trail, it's great," Richmond said.
"You have time to just think about the things you don't normally consider in your daily life."
"You have a bit of breathing space. You can reflect. Think about where you want to go, where you are, what you want to do with the time you have left. It's a fantastic way to connect with yourself and with other people."
"There was quite a few trees down," said Richmond.
"In the first 12 kilometres of trail we encountered, I think it was 109 downed trees, that we had to crawl over and under."
She is hopeful that they can reach the Quebec border before having to stop for the winter.
They are planning to complete the Great Trail in 2021.