Knowing that I didn’t have to wake up early and get on the road made for a great sleep! I was able to do laundry, clean out my bags, and feel relaxed this morning.
This afternoon I went to Chapters to do a book signing. The manager, Debbie, treated me like a princess! Debbie is a lovely lady who manages the nicest Chapters I’ve ever set foot in. It’s a beautiful big store that is well-organized and the staff are extremely nice. Thank you to the Chapters employee, Ed, for setting up the table and getting me a tasty hot chocolate from Starbucks. Thank you St. John’s Chapters, I had a great time at your store!
Shirley, from the local Alzheimer’s Society, came in to welcome me to St. John’s. That was a lovely surprise!
Also, Ed Noseworthy, the gentleman I met in Terra Nova National Park, came with his wife, Daphne, and two grandchildren, Rachel and Julianne. He brought me a signed copy of his book, Issues of the Heart, which I look forward to reading on the plane ride home.
His grandchildren are very special. Rachel broke her leg when she was four, and received a Perler Bead Kit. She started making decorations and then selling the items to raise money for the Janeway Hospital Foundation. Her and her sister have raised $30,000 so far. Their goal is a million dollars, and I believe they’ll do it! Check out their website.
I also met Ed’s sisters, Suzanne and Peggy, and his brother-in-law (I’m so sorry, I forgot your name). It was lovely to meet Ed’s family, and one of my highlights on this trip.
I was also interviewed by Dave Squires from NTV.
Tonight we celebrated properly and got screeched in at Christian’s Bar. I kissed a frozen cod and got a certificate saying I’m an honorary member of Newfoundland! What a great way to celebrate the end of this journey.
And now, dear readers, I need a couple of rest days before flying home and returning to “reality”! Thank you for following this epic ride. Please keep in mind Alzheimer’s is running rampant throughout our country and we need to find a cure for this disease. Be compassionate and loving to those who have the disease, and to those who are caregivers. Get involved with the Alzheimer’s Society in your area.
Know that anything is possible, and anyone can bicycle across this country!