September 24—Ride 18
Distance: 43.8 kms
Total to date: 952.75 kms
Average per ride: 52.93 kms
Remaining Distance: 78.25 kms
Destination Equivalent: Near Plessisville, PQ
Monstrous headwinds on the west and south legs. Raced ahead of a massive dark system that ended up passing us by. Otherwise sunny.
At times the relative headwind (wind speed +/- the bike speed) was over 70 km/h. That almost stopped me in my tracks. Of course, the other direction I thought I was God’s gift to cycling!
I had my first flat tire. Thankfully, I was almost home when I figured it out. My Sag Wagon was having lunch at Garrison House, so I limped slowly to Zoom Leisure Bikes for a repair. I long ago realized roadside tire repair was not one of my skills. The team at Zoom leapt into action, like an Indy 500 pit crew, and I was back on the road in no time. Great service.
One thing I’ve learned along the way—solo riding is a great way to solve life’s little challenges, plot future stories for The Lake Report and plan wonderfully long vacations in exotic places…
Just a couple more rides and I should be soaking in a hot tub at the Chateau Frontenac. I’ve even started dreaming in my Grade 13 French!
Thanks for caring.
Santa for Palliative Care
For more information on NOTL Community Palliative Care Service, find: www.notlpc.com.
On the Healing Cycle: www.healingcycle.ca
On donating: https://my.crowdchange.ca/i0kprj.
DON’T FORGET!: Tomorrow, local dignitaries, and Healing Cycle supporters will take a leisurely ride around town to highlight the wonderful work of our own Community Palliative Care Service. One gang will power a Pedal Pub cycle and the rest of us will follow behind on bikes. It’s certainly will be more symbolic than energetic—just six kilometers or so. Come out, make a small contribution, ride along, and help bring attention to the cause. Meet at Pedal Pub, on Mary Street at 8:30am tomorrow morning.