Sept. 8 Day 101 30kms – Bike 108 – Truck  Clarenville – Avondale

(Images  on across Canada adventure – Facebook)

I had great plans today, 1.) get a great night sleep at the BnB, 2.) have a hardy home cook meal and leave early, get on the bike before the rain and cycle hard – 3.)try to do the 138 to Avondale or get close. I’ve done those kms before, just going to be a long day, l can do it!!!! 

Well, I had 4 1/2 hrs sleep (just can sleep- been averaging 4 hours a night for the past week). Strike one
Had that great breakfast. Then Marsha (BnB owner) & I became fast friends. You know sometimes it’s easier to talk to strangers about stuff. Well that’s what happened- we both dished, similar stories different perspective. No advice, no great wisdom, just life – it takes work – day by day. So you know how it is when women get talking, lol. Didn’t leave till- 9:30 – Strike Two

Wind – knew I would be fighting it, Rain- I’ve done rain before, Hills – just find your gear, Fog – holy shit – this is thick fog. I can see but can I be seen, is that little flashing light going to keep me safe. Strike Three

I didn’t like fog so I pulled over & thumb it, no takers. So back on the bike. I Texted Ryan & Leigh to see if they were going by, they were close but ahead of me heading east but he said he could make it work. Then I see this truck pulled off to the side of the road with a lady out by the door, I’m thinking shit -someone else having trouble in this weather, then I realize she watching me – maybe she is going to offer help but as I get closer she looks like a lady that messaged me yesterday on my Facebook- my cousin’s husband’s step mom. She had Only learned of my trip yesterday- she wanted to connect with me when I went through. Well she couldn’t have picked a better time to show up. She was going east with a Truck with room for me & the bike. Thank you, who is ever watching over me today. I got a few up there and had few down here today too. (texted the truck driving brothers that I was good). 

So amazing that it worked out, Selina & Shirley were great, laughed & enjoyed the drive to Avondale on their way to St John. We went for lunch and traded more stories. I So enjoyed their company. They went on to the city to shop for a new car and I hung out at the pub for my new friends that I had met in Gros Morne (very close friends of my sisters). It wasn’t long till Valerie was there and we walked the bike to her home. Hugh was there to greet us to their beautiful home on the shore of Conception Bay. Beautiful view, beautiful home, wonderful company, stimulating conversation, and a delicious meal and even a little company during dinner by a local fox. 
A Perfect end for a not so perfect day.

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