Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Days 51 & 52 of the EPIC Ride - New Glasgow - Port Hawkesbury, NS; Port Hawkesbury - North Sydney, NS

Day 51
Saturday, August 17, 2013
New Glasgow - Port Hawkesbury, NS
Distance: 121 km

Day 52
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Port Hawkesbury - North Syndey, NS
Distance: 150 km

Sorry about the delay in writing this post; I've been busy driving and sleeping and seeing Newfoundland and the ocean in the past few days.

So on Saturday we went from New Glasgow to Port Hawkesbury, which wasn't too far. The Riders left at about 10 am, and were all in Port Hawkesbury by 4 pm. We set up our tent in the backyard of United Baptist Church.

A lady from the church, Anne Cormier, made us dinner that night and let me use her washer & dryer to do some laundry. She also made breakfast and a lunch for us the next day. We had a good sleep in the tent, and then stuck around on Sunday for their church service, where we got to talk about our trip and received a few donations.

Also, on Saturday, our own Rider Dave Lewis celebrated his 22nd birthday! It just so happened that the dinner Anne made for us was spaghetti, which is one of Dave's favourite foods, so that was cool!

After church, we packed up the tent and got going for the last full day of riding, 150 km to the ferry in North Sydney, NS!

I should mention that on Saturday all the Riders-including Evan-rode the whole distance! They also did all 150 km on Sunday, including climbing Kelly's Mountain...

By about 7 pm, we were all in North Sydney, loaded up everything and went to get supper at Tim Horton's. Then we went to the ferry terminal and waited in line to board. By 10 pm we were getting on-board and went up to our cabin. We had a 4-berth cabin aboard our ferry, the Marine Atlantic vessel, Atlantic Vision. There were 2 sets of bunks and a private washroom with shower; a small cabin, but well organized and comfortable. By the time we left port at 11:45 pm, the guys were all in bed, but I stayed on upper deck watching the land slip away quietly in the dark. It was a very peaceful experience, and with a bright moon at our stern, the view of the ocean was beautiful...


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