They say all good things must come to an end. Yesterday that was the fate of my trip. For a few days, I’d been telling friends & family that I would arrive at 3pm, and as that important hour approached it went from rough estimate to goal.
I started the day with one of those rare moments where I got moving on time. I made up for it by lingering during my snack breaks, of course. As I approached Elmsdale, the midday heat peaking, John came out to meet me and provide some welcome company for the ride in. John has been an incredible help on this ride, sending me a handy 4-port plug for my various devices, a mildew-fighting tent wash, and many tips on camp food. This week he will put the knowledge into practice with a hike in the Grand Canyon.
Eventually, at precisely 3:01, I rolled up to Black Rock beach, the easiest water access in Halifax. My parents were waiting, as expected. I was blown away to see my sister, aunt, uncle, and three other friends waiting, cameras in hand, for my arrival! Once the photos were taken we headed up to Stillwell where a few others were waiting. After some good food, drink, and conversation some of us moved on for a feast at Cha Baa Thai, and my recovery began.
So, that was it! There will be lots more to process in the coming days and weeks but my initial impression is that the trip really opened my eyes to the vastness of Canada, helped me develop an appreciation for its isolation, and taught me lots about camp food. I’m not sure what’s next, but crossing the Vatican is quite appealing.
In thinking back on the trip I really couldn’t have done it without the various friends who offered a place to stay (Ross & Steph, Kaj, Steph, Mike & Laurie, Denise & Dan, Frank & Jean, and my sister), or the friends who sent constant motivation & support (Mike and John). To everyone who sent encouraging messages along the way, or stopped in for a beer, thank you, you made the trip extra enjoyable.
Today’s distance: 133.8 km
Cumulative distance: 6,460.2 km
Today’s climb: 847 m