We did it! After roughly 8700kms, 94 days, 10 provinces, 4 ferries and one hell of an adventure we made it to Cape Spear, the most eastern point in North America!
We were all up pretty early and anxious to get going. We were so close to the end! We went to Tim Hortons, grabbed a quick breakfast and took a final selfie before heading off.
The rest of the Trans Canada was a pretty nice cycle. The weather wasn’t the greatest but we didn’t care! We turned off the Trans Canada onto route 60 towards Hollyrood.
Route 60 was a pretty nice cycle. The first part towards Hollyrood was pretty quiet but then the road got a little busier. There was no shoulder and a fair bit of traffic. The road was fairly hilly as well but they were gradual hills. We had about 35kms from the turnoff to Manuels. We made it there in good time and stopped at the Manuels River Interpretation Centre where Jason was meeting a local reporter about his trip. From there we cycled a km or so to my grandparents place where we waited for my parents to arrive. They’d just landed in St John’s and were on their way. They took us out for lunch to the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club. It was a longer break than we were hoping for but we were back on the road by 2.
We set off down the road and cycled onto the overpass and caught up with route 2. There were some good hills and the wind had really picked up. It really slowed us down, the wind was really strong! There was a point where we crested a hill and the wind almost knocked us over. We reached St John’s and were so close now!
We took the Kilbride exit and headed towards Blackhead road.
Right after the Cape Spear sign the hills began! Man that was a big, steep hill and did I mention it was long! We took a break part way up when my aunt and grandmother passed us. My aunt hopped out to come see us. My 97 year old grandmother wasn’t far behind her!
We set off again and as we reached the top of Shea Heights there was a very, very steep but short hill. It was a tough hill and we all stopped at the top. More of my family drove by and stopped. Family reunion. I ran into everyone! Both grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins along the way! It was pretty foggy at the top and we couldn’t see much of anything in either direction.
There were a few other big hills in our way but nothing we couldn’t handle. The last hill before Cape Spear was a doozy! It was steep and wound around the hill. It just never stopped! Every time you rounded a corner it kept on going. The end was in sight and I kicked it into over drive. The downhill was nice then there was a short uphill to the Cape.
I rolled in and there everyone was
There was a warm welcome from my entire family: aunts, uncles, cousins etc. Jason was already there. Chris wasn’t too far behind. Man it was amazing having everyone there at the finish line! It’s too bad the weather wasn’t better but still what a feeling! Big thanks to everyone for coming out to cheer us on! 8700kms and 94 days after leaving Tofino we made it to Cape Spear! We snapped a few photos and were ready to go.
They offered to drive us back to St John’s. We thought about it for a bit but decided we might as well cycle back. We unloaded our gear though and cycled back without any weight. Cycling back was so much easier! The hills were a breeze without the weight. That long, steep hill going up to Cape Spear was so much fun going back down! Picked up speed so quickly! I had to slow down a bit because I didn’t feel as stable at speed without all the weight.
We cycled into St John’s, down Water St and to the Terry Fox monument, mile 0.
My aunt and uncle’s place was only around the corner and everyone was there waiting for us. They were all pretty adamant we take a shower, and quickly, because it had been 3 or 4 days since the last one. So nice to be clean again! There was lots of beer and food and what a way to celebrate! There was even cake! My dad screeched in Chris, Jason and Amy, as is customary in Newfoundland. The cake was pretty awesome! Thanks to my aunt Vicky for organizing everything on short notice!
She even gave us fisherman hats!
Of course we had to go down to George St to celebrate! We went to Christian’a in order for them to get screeched in properly. The screech in at Christian’s is hands down the best in the city and worth the $20. They put on an awesome show!
So now that it’s over it doesn’t feel real yet. I don’t think it will until I board the plane back to Toronto.