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Day 1809, Gander – Port Blandford: No Such Thing as Bad Weather

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 27 - 2015

Distance: 122.6 km
Ride time: 6:29:49
Average: 18.9 km/h
Max speed: 53.3 km/h
Total: 43498 km

I was having my morning coffee in Tim Horton’s as I was waiting for the rain outside to stop. I would have to wait for a long time… When I grew impatient I reverted to the old saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” – and figured out that I needed a new rain jacket and some waterproof gloves. I found what I needed in a supermarket in Gander, and cycled into the rain.

The new rain jacket might have helped a bit, but after all it will never be fun cycling in rain. If I didn’t already have arrangements and a flight to catch from St. John’s I would not have been on the road today.

With a temperature about 7 degrees and strong wind as well, things got pretty cold – mostly because I have been used to very hot weather for a very long time. I passed a single village with an open gas station during the day, but otherwise there was not much shelter from the elements. Luckily the wind was pushing me in the right direction.

In Port Blandford I decided that it was time to pay for a B&B – after all I was down to half a pair of dry socks. I must have looked rather tired and wet as I knocked on the door; the B&B host immediately gave a somewhat pity look and said “I will turn on the hot water”. I have seldomly appreciated a real bed in a dry room as much as tonight.

Categories: Canada
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