It was another hot, humid day of cycling but all in all it was a good day, we even had a place to sleep!
We started the morning around 7 and had planned to make breakfast but since the restaurant was right there we decided to buy it instead. Chris and Jason decided on breakfast pie, now that’s normal pie but just for breakfast. I chose to forgo breakfast pie.
We hit the road by 9:30 and had about 115kms to cover to get to Grand Falls. The cycling was pretty easy but the heat made for a long day! We stopped every now and again to rehydrate and take a little break. Our first stop was just passed Kona beach East of South Brook.
I’ve really been enjoying the cycling in Newfoundland so far! Probably some of my favourite on the whole trip! The roads have been good, there’s been a great shoulder the whole way and the scenery has been stunning, the only downside is the heat!
We stopped in Badger, about 90kms, and ate our lunch outside of the Irving gas station. We made some wraps and hid from the afternoon sun. After a nice break and something cold to eat, we set off for Grand Falls which was only 30kms.
The cycling was pretty good, there were a few hills but nothing major. We rolled into Grand Falls found our exit and headed down a steep, but very fun hill to our hosts’ for the night. First we had to stop off for chocolate milk. We pulled up to Mary’s house and got a warm welcome from her chocolate lab, Bailey. We brought our stuff in the backyard but Bailey didn’t seem too sure of us. I think the beards, well Chris’ scared her a bit.
We chatted for a while before one by one we headed up for a shower. A shower was definitely needed after another long, sweaty day! Mary had been reading the blog and had even gotten us chocolate milk! Awesome! She also made us a fantastic dinner of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and lemon meringue pie, which she slaved over all day.
I think we all had a great night vegging out on the couch, watching TV and chatting with Mary. What an awesome lady with an amazing sense of humour! So glad we got to stay here! Thanks so much for having us and thanks to my Aunt Heather for setting it up! Bailey still hadn’t warmed up to us though. She wouldn’t even come in the same room as us. We watched TV for a while, had a beer or 2 and that’s going to be all folks.
It’s going to be a relatively early night as I’m tired. We did 117kms in 5.5hrs today. The cycling was good and it was another beautiful day in Newfoundland. Note: this weather is not at all normal for Newfoundland and I wasn’t expecting it!