New Trail, and other Saturday Tales

Oliver on the TrailIt was time to climb back on the bus yesterday for our weekly trip out to the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market. We caught route #3 from the Confederation Centre to its stop right across the road from the market entrance; we were the only ones on the bus for most of the way (hey, downtown livers: there’s a bus that goes directly to the market from downtown; what gives with all the cars?).

After our usual stops, we walked north through the University of PEI campus, across through Brown Court, and down into a very pleasant and mostly hidden trail that runs along the creek from UPEI to North River Road (that’s Oliver walking along said trail in the picture there). The trail comes out just south of Ellen’s Creek Plaza, so only needed to walk about 1/2 mile to get our various lemon-based beverages.

Just past noon we walked back towards UPEI, this time through the Charlottetown Rural yard and out to University Avenue and up to the Student Centre where we caught the 12:40 p.m. bus back downtown.

Four bucks in bus fare and a pleasant walk in the woods.

There have been two important innovations in the bus schedule. First, route #1 now runs up and down University Avenue every hour; that’s really big, because it means that the maximum wait for the next bus is now one hour rather than two. Second, the same route #1 now runs much later into the evening: the last bus out leaves downtown at 9:05 p.m. and the last bus back leaves the Charlottetown Mall at 9:30 p.m. This means that you can take in an early movie at the mall and take the bus both ways.