Submitted by Bryson Guptill
Yes, we were the first four who did the Island Walk. Nora, Marian, Danny and me. Lots of people thought we were crazy – walk for a month? In October? Will anything be open?
Well, we did it, and it was wonderful. So many great ocean views. So many interesting back roads. But the best part was the people we met and stayed with along the way – Ellen and Brian in their cottage by the sea. Thelma and Steve in beautiful Foxley River. Edwin and Freda on Sailor’s Hope Road – how appropriate for two lobster fishermen!
Well, that was then. We live here – what about people who come here and don’t know anyone. Would there be places to stay? Would they get the true Island experience? Get to know the people here – their humble nature, their welcoming disposition?
What has evolved is far beyond my expectations. B&B’s from all parts of the Island, offering multi-night accommodations. In exchange, they are picking up pilgrims at the end of the day, and dropping them off in the morning. Stories of delicious breakfasts, great packed lunches, and yes, even full dinners at some places.
But most of all, stories that warm your heart – friendships made with hosts. People going above and beyond. Strangers stopping and asking how you’re doing. A slower pace of life, and special people. This is what it’s all about.
Don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself! Bike or walk. Do it all, or just do a couple of days. And feel the love. But don’t delay – the secret is getting out, and the Island won’t be perfect forever.