Day 97 (Aug 1): St John’s to Cape Spear
Day total: 30 km
Trip total: 7542 km
Random numbers: 2 hills walked (Victoria and Annika), 6 friendly barmps, 1 cheering squad, and 30 jumping photos.
Our morning was exceptionally lazy… We napped, read, and sat. It was pretty strange actually, because it felt like we were done the trip, but we still had to ride out to cape spear!
We finally got ourselves ready by 12, but then it was lunchtime, so we had to wait a while longer for our food to digest lol. In the meantime, we walked down (literally downhill) a few blocks to a bike shop that had said they had bike boxes when we’d called previously. The guy at the shop was not all that helpful… He was eating his lunch, and therefore refused to get up or move whatsoever. Instead, he said we’d have to come back in a while to pick them up, once he’d done the incredibly difficult job of bringing the boxes up from the basement. (He may not have said those exact words haha… But you get the attitude). He was also charging 10 dollars a box. But we weren’t sure if we could get them elsewhere, so we said we’d try to make it back in time before they closed, as we were going to Cape Spear. He was altogether unimpressed that we’d biked across Canada, and said we should drop out stuff off at a place before biking out there, as the hills were much too big for us to climb fully loaded (again, I may be adding a few words… But that was seriously the way he was talking).
We therefore checked out another bike store, Freeride, and the guy there was super nice, but sadly did not have any bike boxes. He offered that he might get some in the next day if we wanted to call then, and that they’d be free. We definitely suggest going to this bike store if possible. Awesome staff.
We headed back to Volker’s, and loaded up our bikes (we wanted to finish the trip off right), then headed off the three of us towards Cape Spear. Cecilia headed off running at the same time (Mikael and Volker would be picking her up and meeting us out there).
The ride was definitely hilly… Like, super hilly. But we’d climbed mountains, so it wasn’t so bad (take that, bike shop guy). Victoria and Annika walked two super steep hills, but the rest were peddled, and we slowly chugged along the uphills while racing down the downhills. So much fun. We actually hit some of our fastest speeds – 65 to 67 km/h.
We met Cecilia six kms down the road (she’s a ridiculously fast runner), and shortly after we were passed by her, Volker and Mikael in the car. We kept at it, and before too long we made it to Cape Spear! Seeing the ocean and the lighthouse as we turned that final corner… Simply incredible.
Greeting us at the finish line was Cecilia, Mikael and Volker who took lots of photos and congratulated us endlessly. At one point, a tourist congratulated us for having completed the ride from St. John’s and Volker turned to him and said “Can you guess where these girls started their journey? … Victoria BC” and the man just stared blankly at all three of us. Speechless was the word to describe most of the people at Cape Spear when they found out about our trip. One young guy, who had just overheard our story, even came over and shook each of our hands in turn and said he was amazed and that we should be proud of ourselves. For ourselves, it was exciting and nice to be at Cape Spear but it was a fairly surreal moment. It was also kind of difficult or weird to accept all of the praise directed at us. For us, we just felt like we were doing what we did everyday – biking. Putting one pedal in front of the other and enjoying every minute of it – together.
After a bazillion photos and enjoying the incredible view, we put our bags into the car and started biking back to town. So much easier without bags! We all were pretty much lost in our thoughts the whole way, and it was a beautiful ride.
After that, we just hung around Volker’s for the night, with Annika’s cousin Colin coming over for another delicious meal (With champagne!). We’d been planning on hitting up George street, but it was sold out, so instead we treated ourselves to a looong sleep. Can’t believe we’re done!