The family that cycles together...

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... stays warm despite unusual May weather

SUMMERSIDE - Tom Braunagel had to look up P.E.I. on a map when he was invited to cycle P.E.I. after purchasing a new, recumbent-style bicycle. He was all for the adventure when he discovered the Island

Tom Braunagel gave the thumbs up as he cycled through Summerside recently, intent on enjoying a week-long tour around the circumference of the Island with his son, his daughter, and her boyfriend. They researched and planned the cycle-camping holiday, and were intent that the weather would not dissuade them.

Unfortunately, the bike seller who inspired Braunagel on the trip had to cancel his own participation, so the experience was in jeopardy. Fortunately, Braunagel's children, Heather and Ryan, decided to take time off work and make their father's anticipation worthwhile. Heather's boyfriend, Kyle Stupi, thought joining the tour would be a good experience as well.

Heather works in investment banking in New York City, her brother and father are in the family real estate business in nearby Connecticut, and Stupi is about to upgrade his education by attending physical therapy school. The timing for them all worked out just right.

The quartet researched activities, locales, camping spots and most of the other things that would make a great week of cycling around the Island in late May, and made what arrangements they could.

They couldn't plan the weather, but as they came through Summerside on the first day, May 25, they weren't dissuaded from continuing.

"We just want to eat good lobster," Heather said, to general agreement from the others.

"We hear that P.E.I. is the mussel capital of the world," her father added, hopeful for confirmation.

The seafood seekers were philosophical about the weather. They had a plan and were bound to enjoy it, despite having to bundle up against the cold wind and damp that greeted their arrival.

They headed west to start, and expected to complete the approximately 470-mile (750 km) circumference tour in about a week. Then they will recover their transport and carry the memories back to the Big Apple.

Perhaps Tom Braunagle will frame his map to inform others of the "mussel capital of the world".




Organizations: Big Apple

Geographic location: Summerside

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