Second last day…the end is starting to feel real. Today is forecasted for rain at some point and overcast most of the day. Luckily the wind is only 10kph and slightly helping as I start my ride at 10am.
Only a few small climbs today, nothing like the last week of riding. Tough to say how I feel right now, a mixture of sad and excitement. There are many of you who have commented you will miss these updates/blogs, well I feel the same way. Sad to have such a grand adventure come to an end; but happy to get back to reality. Excited to finish. Part of this trip was to experience a wide range of feelings and this is just another chapter of those emotions.
It is different from winning a golf tournament, or getting a new job. It is more like finally graduating university, writing that last exam. Remember it well from postgrad MBA. A lot of hard work, determination, courage, and a bit of craziness culminating in a degree to hang on the wall. I feel this trip is more like my PhD in myself. If that makes any sense? Not saying I have mastered who I am but I have learned more about myself than I think most people are given the chance to.
Well my last night camping. I sit on a picnic table with a campfire keeping me warm. It’s damp, there are few campers as the park closes for the season on Monday. It really feels like I am on my own on the side of a small mountain. Not sure if I will sleep tonight? Really hard not to think about tomorrow, one minute I can’t wait to have a beer with my mates, next minute I fight tears. Pretty sure it’s not menopause? When I am done tomorrow I will have cycled 87days for a total of 116days, 8390km, approx 419hrs on the bike peddling and covered the majority of all 10 provinces. That brings a smile to my face…
40km to go, will finish at the Terry Fox memorial monument around 230pm NT.
Daily cycle: 52.4km
Daily cycle time: 2hrs 55min