May 13

May 13th, 2007

Happy Mother’s Day!


We woke up to a beautiful, sunny day. And then we saw the frost on the windows. The temperature had dropped below zero but was supposed to climb throughout the day to almost 10 degrees.


So I set out on my blades bundled up with 5 layers of clothes and toque. I was warm enough, but the amount of clothing I had on wasn’t too comfortable. I slowly started shedding pieces as the temperature rose. By lunch time, I was down to my shorts again.


I’ve now come all the way across the province and been as far north as the TCH will go. And the decent to Port Aux Basque has begun. I was looking forward to my southerly skate today since the wind was coming from the north all morning. But the second I turned to the south, the wind decided to swing around at me again. I should have known. Some words of advice… if you’re ever on Newfoundland and you need to check the weather, there’s no point in trying to predict the wind direction. Regardless of what they say the direction is, the wind will ALWAYS be in your face.


Just before arriving in Deer Lake, we made a small detour to the north of the highway to a town called Reidville. It was too good to pass up. I had to go get a picture. Adam, I’ll post the photos soon for you.


I made it just south of Deer Lake before quitting for the day. Since it’s Mother’s Day, I decided to treat my mom to the fanciest place I could find in Deer Lake…. The Irving Gas Station Truck Stop Diner. I knew it was the best place to eat in town because it was packed! And we weren’t disappointed. We had the best truck stop meal I can remember. I won’t go into details about the meal itself, because I don’t think my girlfriend/nutritionist would approve.


They’re calling for blue skies tomorrow, but we’ve been warned that eastern Newfoundland tends to be windy. We’ll see what the morning brings.

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One Response to “May 13”

  1. Brad Fraser Says:

    Hey there,
    Sounds like your trip is going awesome. I am shocked that you do up to 100km a day. I am one of cycling couple you met on the #1 a week and a half back. We just might leave Newfoundland around the same time. Treena had pretty good fall, and we are now in Stephenville taking a couple days to recover. We had a good laugh at your wind comments. It is a killer.
    Best of luck.

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