Another chilly morning, showing promise though with a lot of sun. Started my day at 930am and the wind was already as strong as yesterday, mostly crosswind, sudden gusts as I came upon open areas would push so hard it made it hard to keep Betty on the road. Making matters worse were rubble strips, often leaving only 6″ to bike on. With the poor condition of my back wheel there was NO CHANCE I could hit the rubble strips with any speed, the bumps would certainly expand the cracks on the rim. It’s official: Saskatchewan is the runner up for windy provinces to NFLD. I haven’t had a day on this island that hasn’t had a wind above 25kph, many gusting above 50kph, unfortunately few tailwinds.
I am now in the Avalon area and it is noticeably more bare with exposed rock. Less than 100km to go, it hasn’t set in yet. Rich Polk, Paul Morrell and Jason Beaver flying in on Thursday to watch my final moments, can’t tell you how much that means to me to celebrate with some of my best friends. Would definitely be odd finishing, dipping Betty’s front tire in the Atlantic with no one around to share it with?
Couple facts about my time on the Rock: haven’t found one bar/restaurant that serves Labatts products, all Molson. Not even Keith’s! Molson makes three NFLD only beers, Black Horse Lager (could be worse than Kokanee), Dominion Ale and India Ale. All three have no preservatives. While there is well over 120,000 Moose on the island there are no deer, skunks or porcupines! Until recently there were no raccoons either!
Tonight I am holed up in a Hwy Roadside motel called The Moorland. Tomorrow I ride about 50km to Butter Pot Provincial Park, leaving less than 40km to ride Thursday. Depending on the weather Thursday I may take a detour through Cape Spear.
Daily Cycle: 51.3km
Daily Cycle Time: 3hrs 20min