Bathurst to Miramichi 5

After a day almost entirely spent zonked out on T3s and antibiotics I wasn’t feeling like biking this morning. My tooth pain had subsided, however still couldn’t bite down even the slightest. Dinner last night was a mandarin orange and a yogurt! Today didn’t get a lot of food either, oatmeal for breakfast, a soup and microwaved lasagna for lunch and a subway flat bread turkey sub. That is the most substantial thing I have eaten in 48hrs. The morning started at 10am riding out of Bathurst south towards Moncton. I think the antibiotics intensify the effects of the sun, that and little to eat, I was between vomiting and passing out for the first 30km. I stopped under a shade tree and slept for an hour, seemed to help? Again, drugs and little food just drained any energy I had today and took away from any enjoyment to be found riding.

The bridge across the Miramichi river was the highest and longest I have been across on the trip. The sidewalk was raised up about a foot from the road, making cycling feel a tad frightening. There wasn’t much wind but I could feel all of it that high above the water. I took my eyes off the path once to look across the river and temporarily lost control, kept my eyes straight ahead from then on! I am not one for heights to begin with, felt like any moment a gust of wind could lift me over the guard rail to plunge about 200m to my end! Now I understand why bicycles are not allowed on the bridge that crosses to PEI.

Rain started just after I set up camp at 6pm…tucked into my tent and hoping my energy comes back tomorrow?

Daily cycle: 104.5km
Daily cycle time: 5hrs 16min

5 thoughts on “Bathurst to Miramichi

  1. Reply Bob Aug 16,2013 11:24 pm

    I know how you feel. I hate high bridges in a car


  2. Reply June Giancursio Aug 17,2013 5:46 pm

    I work in oral surgery David. Cracked tooth..T3s..antibiotics..little food…high energy cycling…not a good mix. 🙁 The sensitivity will continue until you have that tooth extracted..


    • Reply Brian Apr 21,2014 8:12 pm

      did you know after the antibiotics do there job you can have a root canal done to that tooth and it will be saved?


  3. Reply Jim Aug 17,2013 10:03 pm

    Your description of crossing the bridge just brought back a lot of bad memories of our ride down the west coast! I am a height wimp and felt your fear!


  4. Reply sabine Aug 19,2015 9:09 pm

    You’re one tough man! The tooth pain sounded horrible :/ good for you for trekking on!


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