Day 19 – Rothesay to Fundy National Park

It’s going to be a good day

It’s going to be a good day. It’s going to be a good day. That was my mantra this morning before I headed out on my ride. Though I didn’t have a very long way to go today, I have now become a little wary of what might be in store for me in terms of the geography.

The day began very well. I drove northeast through some beautiful farming communities and made it to Sussex, my halfway point, right around noon. As I was now significantly inland, I should mainly be going downhill from here. Homefree right? No sir … you know better than that. Along Route 114 into Fundy National Park, there were some major hills to get past. As I made my way up, I didn’t bother to argue with the spedometer and his 0 km/h jibes; however, I did take issue with the hills themselves. The ocean is down, I would say, after yet another steep incline. But it would seem that the what comes up must go down rule was not in effect. Until the end, that is. After one incline, I saw the altitude sign, 366m, and it was all downhill from there. Over the next five or six kilometres, that altitude reduced itself to 0 and my riding day was done.

At the bottom, I got to see the ocean floor during low tide (and actually walk along it). Tomorrow morning the water level should be 10m higher, so I should get some good before and after shots. Right now I’m resting very comfortably in my tent, and will soon be getting back to my Jean Chretien book. Ah what a great Canadian moment for the Great Canadian ride.

Travel stats

Distance: 117.7 km
Average speed: 19.3 km/h
Time on the road: 9 hrs. (8:30AM to 5:30PM)

Interesting note: my average speed for the first half of the day was around 20.5 km/h, and then 18.1 for the second half. And it was as low as 16.8 km/h before the big finish at the end.

Interesting daily tidbit

Tomorrow should be my last big push followed by a day or two of shorter rides. Send some good energy my way to keep me going! :)

Tune of the day

I believe in a thing called love – The Darkness
OK, so this tune has little to do with cycling or Canada. However, it was our daily wake-up music for the bus tour I took in New Zealand, so it seemed fitting as a get-me-going tune of the day. The Darkness are a great throwback to what I like to call Epic Rock. It’s not quite metal, but has big sound, big guitar, big hair … just epic!

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