Day 9 – Drummond to Hartland. 104 km. Total to date 786 km.

Today again was a later departure time. With the change in time zones disagreeing with our natural sleep cycle that we worked so hard to establish before leaving, we cant seem to get up in time for early departure.

Last night I was suffering from some major muscle spasms in my legs I didnt get much sleep. Starting a long day already tired is a recipe for disaster. Add to that some insane hills, headwind, and terrible road conditions. I know people say Quebec roads are bad but if ever you cycle the 105 in NB you may draw the same conclusion of roads here.

All this to say that today was a rough day on the roads, again every kilometer was hard earned. 104 kilometers was quite a challenge in these conditions.

As a result of this I didnt get many photos though we did see some daffodils growing, a true sign of spring!
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Much of the day was spent in forested hills and following the St John river. Below is a pic of a hydro dam I got on a little break:
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One highlight was meeting a friend Charlie on the road. We have been chatting on Facebook for several weeks, and unfortunately missed him in Grand Falls, but he caught up with us on our way to Hartland today. Charlie is also a crazy cyclist and doing a trip soon from Moncton to Halifax. His trip is a fundraiser and you can get all the details or.make a donation here:

http://iwktelethon.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1046145&lis=1&kntae1046145=A36160E74D7740DC9EB61ED5AD1EB2C1&supId=379316594&team=0&nmv=true

Tonight we relax in Hartland at a cute hotel waaay up on a hill. Seems appropriate after our day. Here we have a nice view of the world’s longest covered bridge. Here is a distant view:
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Julie took more shots with her camera so will have to wait to share.
Tomorrow we hit the road again for another 104 km to Fredericton. Hopefully the terrain is less hilly and being away from the river we will have favourable winds. I guess we will find out tomorrow!
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Here is a rough pic above of our morning view, the vast potato fields in Drummond.

Until tomorrow thanks for reading and all comments! I am off to bed to hopefully repair my muscles for tomorrow 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Day 9 – Drummond to Hartland. 104 km. Total to date 786 km.

  1. kate sutherland says:

    I hope you guys have some tiger balm! Keep on truckin’ – the weather can only improve as will your strength!
    Kate

  2. Johanne Cote says:

    It’s great to be able to follow your adventure. Maybe a massage is in your near futur. I think you guys rock. Hope mother nature is not too hard on you. Take good care.

  3. Sheila says:

    Happy Birthday Wes!
    Am enjoying your daily blogs and the opportunity it brings to be able to share in your travels. Have a great day Julie and Wes!

  4. Ray C says:

    Really enjoying the blog, Wesley! Given the rough weather and riding conditions you guys have been facing, I’m not quite as envious of your trip as I once was. 🙂

    Keep at it — warmer, smoother days are ahead I’m sure!

    Ray

  5. charlesbaird says:

    Hey Wes!! good to meet you too! sorry to hear about your headwind troubles… i feel your pain!! i Put 126km on in the same area you just passed through!!! And thank you for putting a link to my IWK Fundraising page!!! Safe travels Brother!!! And I forgot to give you and the wife some ECWT stickers!!!! Ask Chris to give you a couple of the small Headbadge ECWT stickers I had made!!! (if you want em any way) No charge!!

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