Day 64, August 9: Antigonish to Whycocomagh

We awoke to a nice morning with grandkids in the tent beside, look forward to playing later today.  So far clear skies, which was encouraging after yesterday’s storms, and variable forecast for the day.  We got started on our second last day on mainland around 9:30 am.

Aug8-tentWe found our way out of town that took us by St Xaviers which is a much larger campus than I had expected… all beautiful old brick buildings with great architecture, enrollment 5,000.

Our ride on highway 4 was quite straight forward with lots of gradual hills and a decent bike lane. The scenery was great as we looked out over the water in many places and over it as we crossed through Canso.

We heard a horn blowing and to our surprise it was Kelly, with kids Jack, Max & Henry and Michael who had arrived earlier after a bus ride from the Halifax airport and to Antigonish after our departure. They pulled off at a lookout place and two minutes later Jon came along so the timing was great for a quick hello.

After 10 minutes we were on our way for the last 50 km which was very nice until the variable weather arrived, today was ok by me as it was just hard rain… it’s the lightning that causing issues!

We arrived in the little village of Whycocomagh and found the provincial park with no difficulty. Soon after arriving Michael and the gang arrived with other daughter Cindy, Ian and their three kids Zoe, Jamie and Charlie. This was a very special time for me and both families as the cousins had not seen each other since last summer. It only took moments before the kids were playing soccer in the field and the adults were having a beverage.

The outside fun took a break as another storm blew in but for our good fortune there was a shelter building close by well equipped with tables, chairs and a BBQ.  We moved the tables together to seat thirteen and enjoyed the best of burgers, hot dogs and a fresh salad. … not McDonalds style!

Aug9-dinner

Aug9-4The storm soon cleared and we enjoyed a campfire with what every campfire needs …marshmallows, graham crackers and chocoloate – SMORES! We finished off the evening with great conversation and headed to our tents and trailer for what was a good night sleep.

So here I am sitting on a bench completing this and thinking it is almost over as we are off to North Sydney today, where Hugh departs home and Jon and I get on a ferry to Newfoundland for a 11:45 pm crossing. Since we have an overnight on the ferry I will work on my summary of this amazing journey!

Well back on the road!  Time to get going, catch up tomorrow.

Cheers Sid and team!!

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