July 9

July 9th, 2007

This morning I started from the most suitable location in Spanish. Richard Street. Seriously, how perfect is that?!


I’m sure I could stretch today’s journal into another long chapter, but I won’t. Apparently I have a way with words and can make watching paint dry sound exciting. However, today will go down as one of the most uneventful days on the road. The first 50 km went by quickly and before I knew it, it was lunch time and we were in Blind River. There wasn’t a whole lot to see other than trees between Spanish and Blind River.


The afternoon started off with some excitement, though! I got stung by a bee! I’m not too sure what else to tell you about that. The little bugger got me on my left forearm while I was skating. But I didn’t lose a stride. Just let out a silent curse and kept on rolling.


During my afternoon break, I received an e-mail from someone in Sault Ste. Marie. Without me knowing, a Soo newspaper had printed an article about me. I was excited to hear this. I need the media to start promoting me prior to arriving in their city. That way the public is aware that I’m coming. It’s been tough getting the proper exposure without an experience publicist to help us. But I think we’ve done pretty darn good so far. Well, the person that e-mailed me just let me know that the Soo paper had printed that I will be the first person across Canada on rollerblades. He wanted to know why I had told the paper this since he was aware that I wasn’t the first. This is a great example of the way the media will skew a story to make it better news. I replied to him letting him know that I have not spoken to that newspaper nor have I ever claimed to be the first person to make this trip. It’s a shame that reporters don’t take the time to do the proper research to get accurate information. This is how rumors start and controversy begins. But at the same time, I’m sure a little controversy would get me a bit more publicity. Just kidding. I’d love more exposure, but I hope reporters will do their homework. I know a Sudbury newspaper also ran an article about me today with false information, as well. Their inaccuracy, however, was not regarding me. They had mentioned other individuals in the article but gave details that were not factual. That’s as much as I’ll say for now.


There was a light breeze in the afternoon, but nothing serious. I crossed paths with Rich Aucoin who is cycling across Canada for childhood cancer. Seemed like a great guy. All the best, Rich. I was getting pretty close to the end of the day when I heard a loud horn which was obviously coming from a trucker behind me. Usually they’ll give a little toot as the roll by, but this guy held the horn down at least 15 seconds before even reaching the RV. I looked over my shoulder to see what he was honking at. There was no oncoming traffic so he had all the space and time in the world to go around. but for whatever reason, he was not happy that I was there. He continued on the horn as he sped past me and waved a universal salute to me. Needless to say, it was not a friendly salute. I was pretty shocked since the truckers have been really accepting of me on the roads. But just like all the other inconsiderate jerks I’ve encountered (which have been very few), I shrugged it off as best I could.


Everything else went smooth until the last 10 km. I struggled to get to my finish point for some reason. I’m not sure if I was just getting tired, or maybe I was hungry. Whatever the case, it took every ounce of energy I had to reach Pine Crest campground in Thessalon, Ontario. Thanks for the campsite, Pine Crest. Another appreciated donation. The campground is nestled on Lake Huron with a great sandy beach which I took full advantage of. The water was brisk, but exhilarating. It felt amazing after my 105 kilometer day.


I ended the evening with a nice long phone call with Crystal. We chat via e-mail often, but it was nice to hear her voice. I can’t wait to get home to see her. At one point, we were considering arranging a flight for her to come meet me somewhere along the way. But I think the logistics are too difficult. Unfortunately it’ll still be another couple months before I get to see her beautiful face in person again. Miss ya, babe.



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One Response to “July 9”

  1. Crystal Says:

    Awww you’re so sweet babe. I miss you too!!! Counting down the days until you return home …. 🙂 Love you!

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