Geoff's Tour
A Journal of My Bicycle Touring

Journey Notes

Today was a bit more reasonable in terms of distance. "Just" 98 km from Grand Falls to Gander. I hadn't really recovered from yesterday's ride so today was not as energetic. Even so, I covered the distance in just over 4 hours so I was still moving pretty well. For the first half of the day I had tail winds and the last half, it was mostly head and cross winds. While it was really cold last night, it warmed up quickly. I was glad to have ice in my water bladder today. Today, when we reached our campgound, it was open!

It was fairly uneventful riding along side of the TransCanda Highway (abbreviated TCH here in Newfoundland) today. Someone played the General Lee horn sound (Dukes of Hazard) for me as they went by. I get lots of what I think are positive honks. I wonder if this is a common sight for people driving along the TCH? I have seen 3 other long distance cyclists in Newfoundland. That's not a lot but then it's a bit late in the season for doing this. Two of them were heading west! I hope that they weren't going too far.

In looking over my tires tonight, I see that my rear tire will need to be replaced soon. It will make it to the end of the ride but just. It had about 5,500 km on it. The previous tire lasted just about as long.

Early in the day, I passed the 8,000 km (4,971 miles) point of the trip. I now have only about 350 km to go! 3 more days. Steve Langston, who wrote the book "Canada by Bicycle" did this bit in 4 days although he was self supported.

I can't believe that there are only 3 more days!