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Day 1810, Port Blandford – Bellevue Beach: Newfie Hospitality

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Dec - 27 - 2015

Distance: 109.7 km
Ride time: 5:47:45
Average: 18.9 km/h
Max speed: 50.0 km/h
Total: 43610 km

When I looked out the window from my B&B room the rain had finally stopped. This was a good thing as I’m not sure I could have mentally handled another day of wet cycling.

Instead I was enjoying the views of the rolling hills – wow, Newfoundland is much more beautiful when it doesn’t rain! My bike computer says a solid 1300 m of climbing – up and down all day long!

Yesterday a journalist from CBS Radio had called, and I had given a short interview. I never got a chance to hear the result, but it must have aired today since a couple of cars stopped and said they just heard it! The waves and honks from the cars gave a nice moral boost for the last push towards St. John’s – sometimes we all need exactly that.

At Bellevue I turned off the highway and rolled down towards the beach. I figured I would just camp by the shore, but in the restaurant where I was having dinner the waitress told me she lived right across the street and that her husband was home. “I will call him and say that you can put up your tent in the garden or stay in the guestroom if you prefer”. Wow, the rumors of the Newfie hospitality are certainly true.

Thus my final night on the road in Canada ended in the home of yet another wonderful family who quickly became friends. If all goes well I should reach St. John’s tomorrow! The end if the road in North America is near!

Categories: Canada
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