Spent my day off in the middle of nowhere, not a building within 30km of me! Ham and cheese sandwich and chip/coke for lunch and a little pasta I heated up for dinner! James Bond marathon on TV and round three of the Duetsche Bank Golf Championship. Great to see Delaat and Hearn playing so well…but Johnny Miller is painful, hey Johnny just because they are Canadian doesn’t mean they only played hockey growing up!
Figuring I was well rested, I headed out at 830am to an even colder day than my previous day cycling. I had three layers of shirts on, leggings, neck warmer and covers for my shoes. While cycling I was just warm enough, with the windchill, yes I said windchill, it felt like about 6deg. My muscles were not happy with me again, concerned maybe I am burning muscle by not eating enough carbs? Or is it just two days off in the last three, cold weather, headwinds and hills?
Today was a low day. My quads were screaming at me and my hamstrings were tight as violin strings, I was cold, must have climbed 1200m today and there is nothing around you but mountains. I think NFLD would be great to spend a week or two vacationing with a car but with only one road (the TCH) to cycle it gets really lonely, worse than Saskatchewan. Honestly, I am scared. Scared to return to reality I think. No job, however a good prospect likely, no home, while family and friends are helping, still feel naked not having a place to call my own? The last four months have been a break from reality, lots of time for pause and thought, time to put a lot in perspective. This challenge has been once in a lifetime and I have learned to flow with the wind, changing plans as I go, if anything everything on this tour is changing (sounds like life?) but life begins again when I return and I really don’t have a lot of answers for my near future…for someone who is very goal focused.
I am guessing these fears are normal and like any challenge I am ready for it. Arrived in Corner Brook and decided camping was not an option, long hot shower and bed sheets needed. Can you believe a Comfort Inn in this town cost $125! Wow…
Daily cycle: 115.2km
Daily cycle time: 7hrs 12min