Bicycling Across Canada

Day 71: Tuesday, August 20

It was a cold ride today. It feels like fall is here. The leaves on the trees are turning yellow. I had to pick up sweatpants and a flannel jacket just to combat the cold. We found a campground in South Brook; however, they don't allow tenters so we had to rogue camp at a closed...
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Day 70: Monday, August 19

I've enjoyed travelling in Newfoundland. One of the reasons is there isn't much road kill hogging the shoulder of the road. They don't have skunks here, and until recently they didn't have porcupines or snakes either. However, I'm told by the locals that hay brought to the island has carried over snakes and porcupines. People...
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Day 69: Sunday, August 18

We considered renting a van in Corner Brook to drive up the Viking Trail and then drive the rest of the way to St. John's. None of us had planned on these extra ten days on the road because we were going to take the long ferry, which would have put us at a day...
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Day 68: Saturday, August 17

As I'm going 50 kilometres or so down a long hill today, some jackass felt it was a good time to pull up beside me in his big Chevy and ask for directions to Port Aux Basque. Let me explain about the one main road in Newfoundland. There is basically one major highway, which is...
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Day 67: Friday, August 16

We travelled from just outside Port Aux Basques to somewhere around Crabbe's River. In 2008, the bridge by Crabbe's River was washed out due to a flood. Rencently the new bridge was finished. Underneath this new bridge made for a perfect rogue camping spot. A clear river with salmon jumping in the water and a...
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Day 66: Thursday, August 15

Last night the ferry guy told us we would have to board the ferry around 7:30 a.m. so we set our alarm to get up at 6:30. We woke up at 6:15 and around 6:30 a ferry employee came by to tell us they were waiting for us. It was a mad dash to pull...
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Day 65: Wednesday, August 14

It was a nice ride from Whycocomagh to North Sydney. There were no shoulders; however, the hills were reasonable and the traffic minimal. Well, there was one hill that seemed to go on forever. Sweat was dripping off of us when we finally made it to the top! Although, we avoided going over Kelly's Mountain,...
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Day 64: Tuesday, August 13

We stopped at the Tall & Small for what is considered the best coffee in Antigonish. It lived up to its reputation. Just before Cape Breton I wiped out on some gravel. I'm so happy I had my helmet on because my head hit the ground hard. My elbow is the victim of road rash and...
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Day 63: Monday, August 12

The host made us a huge breakfast and she also packed us lunch. (Thank you for everything!) We stopped at a grocery store in New Glasgow so by the time we got going it was around noon. None of us are fast movers in the morning. During our ride, BB and TR were having water fights...
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Rest day: Sunday, August 11

We haven't had a rest day since Quebec city so we took the day off and slept in until 10 a.m. Our host took us to Melmerby Beach so we were able to stick our feet in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. The beach was lovely with white soft sand. Both of us left...
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