DAY 105

June 27, 1999

For breakfast I fixed this dehydrated cereal stuff. It was composed of: Millet, prunes, raisins, walnuts, and maple sugar. Of course Patrick had been up for hours before I got up. Typically, I move very slowly in the mornings and this morning was no exception. We rode to this small store/café and I stocked up on anything for energy – bananas, slices of poppy seed bread, and candy bars. There will be nothing else for 50 miles and I was out of Power Bars. By the way, that was really good poppy seed bread :-)

There were mild headwinds as we started out from the store at 11am. The temperature was very cold to me so I had several layers of clothes on. Patrick takes off riding strong and quickly loses me. It usually takes me about 30 minutes of riding before I begin to pick up a good pace. I passed about 12 cyclist today and one guy was on a recumbent bike. It looked very comfortable, kicked back like he was in a Lazy Boy recliner. Man, that looks too easy!

The temperature warmed up into the low 70’s, so I stripped down to just my bike shorts and bike shirt. The clouds were now seperating revealing more blue sky and making cool shapes. I took photos of a couple of clouds that I saw something in. When I was a child, I used to love looking at the clouds and finding something in them…ah, the good ole days :-)

The wind had changed direction by the time I reached the next store, so now we had tailwinds. Patrick was there waiting for me. I had gone 55 miles at an average speed of 13mph. Taking a break outside the store, I ate 2 bananas, a slice of poppy seed bread, and drank a Jolt Cola for a quick boost. Looking back down the road, we noticed big rain clouds headed our way. Thinking it was moving about 10mph, I pedaled along at my 13mph pace. Soon I began to feel rain drops and looking up, I saw the edge of the dark cloud above me. Crap! I began to pedal hard and fast, maintaining 21mph until my knees hurt. Finally, I was way ahead of it and could pedal easier.

Arriving in Ft. Nelson, I stopped in front of the Blue Bell Inn, where Patrick and I agreed to meet. He wasn’t there and I was looking around for him and could not find him.  At first I was thinking crap we're gonna get seperated again.  I just sat outside on the curb for about 20 minutes debating what to do, and just debating this whole ride.  Kinda sucks being out on the lonely road and a pretty boring landscape all alone.

I got off my butt and decided to ride around the town to look for Patrick.  As soon as I began pedalling away I saw him riding from across the street towards me.  He had gone across the street to get something to eat.

We decided that we would take tomorrow off to get some things done. Since I hadn’t bathed in 3 days and Patrick 2 days, we decided to splurge on a motel room. The Mini Price Inn was $50.00 (Canadian) including tax, for both of us.  Patrick took a shower first and we both sort of celebrated having warm showers and comfortable beds to sleep in.  ahhhh  this was great.  I had joked around a little bit and Patrick laughed because he said that Rocio had a different opinion of me than the guy he is with now being kinda crude.  I typically don't allow this part of me show in front of ladies :)

After getting cleaned up, we walked to the only Pub in town. It was a very nice Pub for such a small town. We had dinner and draught beer while relaxing in soft, comfortable chairs. This was great after biking almost 115 miles today.

Today - 114.21 miles
Total -  4993 miles
Avg. Speed - 14.0mph(woo hooo kickin' some butt!)

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