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Day 1801: French River – Port Hawkesbury: Singing in the Rain

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 19 - 2015

Distance: 107.5 km
Ride time: 5:35:14
Average: 19.2 km/h
Max speed: 48.2 km/h
Total: 42621 km

I have booked the ferry ticket from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland already tomorrow night, so even though the day was rainy and foggy I had to push on. Oh well, the rain was not too bad, and with a number of stops at gas stations and coffee shops along the way I managed to almost keep everything dry. I think a wonderful summer is finally over.

I had been looking forward to cross into Cape Breton. First of all the island is supposed to be beautiful. Geographically it is also a milestone since the small bridge marked the end of mainland North America for me. From Cape Breton I’m taking the ferry to Newfoundland, another big island up here in the extreme northeastern corner of the continent.

In Port Hawkesbury I stopped at a Tim Horton’s (Canada’s famous coffee chain) and considered my options for the night. With the rain outside I was tempted to look for a motel. However, the last time I had payed for a night was in Georgia a month and a half ago! I was not yet ready to break that chain, so I continued through town looking for yet another place to camp.

On the way a friendly Canadian in his pick up truck stopped and asked if he could give me a lift to somewhere. I thanked but explained that I was just looking for a place to camp, and got this answer: “The field on top of the next hill is unused. That would be a good place to camp, behind the trees. Oh, and take this loaf of bread with you as well”. And so, despite the rain, my day ended with a smile on my face thanks to the hospitable people of Canada.

Categories: Canada
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