Last night I had a super meal at the motel which was good as I hadn’t really eaten properly since leaving Rivière du loup. So I was in bed early and surprisingly slept really well and was up early and ready to leave just before 8am into a beautifully sunny day.
I was just thinking what a lovely day when my first hill loomed into sight still nothing I couldn’t handle. Then I noticed the handling of the bike was wrong looked down dam another puncture so there I was changing a tyre first thing in the day.
As I put the tyre back again I finally believe I’ve found the problem. I saw a small nick in the tyre and got my knife out only to dig a piece of glass out I believe when I went off rd yesterday it must have caused a small part to put a hole in the inner tube. So I took the tyre off again and dug out all the glass well I hope I have. I believe it’s been in there a long time.
I knew at some point today I wanted to get on the old 102 Hwy so followed directions from Amy thanks pal. As I was going through Meductic a lady stopped and also suggested the same route then as it was so hot invited me in for some homemade lemonade( how could I refuse) so I sat in the kitchen in a very comfortable rocking chair chatting away. So by 11 am I had not got very far.
Which I followed up and down till God knows why I believe Google but turn off to be directed down to the university where I was going to stay tonight.
I took a left at what I thought was top of a climb off to kingsclear which would bring me in on the 640.oh so very wrong. When will I learn stick with what you planned. It may have only been 27 km to go but boy did I fight for every single one. As I turned off I was still climbing and the road was like a roller coaster up and down. As I finally joined the 640 I was hit with serious roadworks I mean no Tarmac just a rough dirt track and cars bouncing in pot holes stop and go etc which further delayed me. By this time on the rd I hadn’t had anything to eat since breakfast and no shop in sight today. Timmys came into view but congestion on the rd etc I just wanted to get to my accommodation for the evening.
I pulled in at the uni office only to find the hostel makes you put a deposit on keys which you then have to return on the morning of departure which meant a 15 min journey back up a hill to return a key plus no where secure to leave my bike at the hostel downtown and if I stayed on campus no food so it was going into downtown On that note I declined and went off in search of other digs. I suppose I could have worked something out but with the heat and lack of food I just left .
I cycled across the bridge to try and get something on the 105 which I will leave on and found the Norfolk Motel well it was going to be alright after all I come from Norfolk so here I am. Unsure now what my plans are if I continue onwards tomorrow I will have to do a food shop. I only managed to get something from a local garage tonight. Or do I stay and go to the big market in town tomorrow and have a day off decision? Maybe I’ll sleep on it. I know between here and Moncton there is not a lot in between so I need to stock up as I will have to camp.
Also in all this mucking about to day I missed at the end of the day my 6,000 km mark