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All packed up...

... and scared to weigh it all!

sunny 13 °C

So... this last week has been kind of a gong show as the Otesha Project would have put it...

First I went on a 97 km ride, fully loaded, with no bike shoes to clip into my bike with. Not because I’m insane, but because I left my shoes back in Bridgewater when I went home to visit this weekend. I did meet some interesting people, including a man who began to tell me the whole sordid story of his pushy and religious in-laws (a narrow escape) and a woman in her early forties who’s husband had known my aunts growing up - I ended up riding with her until we parted ways at the bottom of North Mountain. She had some good advice about living and learning I was happy to hear at this point in my life! I also finally got a picture of that sign that makes me laugh so hard I have to stop biking on the number 1 highway on the way into Coldbrook from Berwick.

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The infamous sign

So I chugged up North mountain with all of this crap on my bike, because I needed to know that I could do it. Seeing my bike with all of its gear on it now, I think I should have added a few rocks into the mix, but as it was I was fine - all except for the backs of my knees, where an old frisbee (sorry - disc) injury decided to flare up and hasn’t actually gone away yet. I got some beautiful, beautiful pictures of clouds up on North mountain, so it was kind of worth it. I also got to go to the look off, which is definitely worth it - I love that view.

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Clouds near Halls Harbour

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Just me and my bike

The rest of this week I spent trying to heal my leg, going on very short rides and trying to help Jenny find a new road bike. Now I’m throwing everything I need for the trip into my paniers and I’m finally done organizing our route and contacts and map binder. We have a good half inch’s worth of planning in that binder. I keep going through everything in my paniers, trying to find something to leave behind - my bike is so heavy! But I can’t seem to make any decisions today. It’ll have to be done on the way.

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My new biking shoes!

Tomorrow I pack up Alice the Velociraptor (my bike!), go into Halifax to visit my friend Try Hard and aunt Joni, and then my plane leaves the next morning at 6:30! Eek!

I’ve included the mileage I’ve done so far this year - almost 2000 km inside and outside since January!

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Posted by Ericabikes 20:09 Archived in Canada Tagged bicycle

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