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Canada trip explained

05 Sep Canada trip explained

Having been in Canada a week now, it’s time to explain our tour. The goal of this three week adventure is to cycle from St. John’s NFL to Charlottetown NB, roughly 1600km of pedal pushing.

We set off from St.john’s on a chilly Tuesday morning and headed straight for Cupids haven. It is a slow initial ride with everyone learning each others pace. Many coffee breaks later, the most spectacular scenery revealed itself. Dozens of coves on zig zag roads one after the other followed by the mandatory hill to get over to get to the next one. The ride ended with a downpour before arriving at our stop for the night, a converted church.

Next stop, roaches line. This was a freezing day. Nobody was too excited to head into the cold but we buckled up and went for it. The scenery didn’t disappoint.

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The next day we raced off to catch a ferry in Argentia. This proved to be an exceptionally tough day. Once crossing onto the highway heading west, a disheartening headwind tackled us and never let go until reaching the ferry. The 80km ride took 4 hours and many energy bars to finish.

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So after 4 days, 400km of cycling and a ferry ride later, we find ourselves in Louisburg; Nova Scotia.

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky, Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes all the same. There’s a green one and a pink one, And a blue one and a yellow one, And they’re all made out of ticky tacky ,And they all look just the same.

This town reminds me of the above song by Malvina Reynolds. The beautiful little town has quaint small little doll houses scattered over the landscape. All the same shape and style, differentiated by colour.

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Things we’ve learnt in Canada so far:

  • When there’s wind, you know about it
  • We how did we land up in Ireland? I thought we were going to Canada!
  • Lobster season ends in August. Damn.
  • Tiny boxes everywhere
  • Fall is starting.
  • Blue star beer is ok

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