Illness, Cramps, and Giant Lobsters

Trip: St. Louis de Kent to Murray Beach Provincial Park
Distance: 145.32km

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Today felt like the longest day ever. When sick, what is high on the list of things I really want to do? I’m not entirely certain (generally it’s “watch TV” and “sleep”) but “cycle 145km” normally doesn’t factor particularly high on the list. Nonetheless, choices were quite limited, so I had to drag my rather pathetic ass onto the bike and put one foot in front of the other.

My nose was so stuffed up that the Dristan nasal spray really didn’t make too much of a difference, so there were a lot of nose bombs being fired off as I cursed my way along the road. My first stop was about 20km in at a Tim Horton’s, where I drowned myself in some orange juice and kept down a bagel. Up the road I went, though I had to take a little break around 65km, when I was struck down by The Worst Cramp in my Side EVER ™. That was just plain crappy. I stopped in Shediac to see the giant lobster (which, somehow, Lori, Iona and Doug managed to miss) and was quite impressed. Of all the giant objects I’ve seen on this trip, the giant lobster was the most lifelike and thus, the coolest. I stopped at Subway for lunch, finally securing myself the lobster sub. This probably wasn’t the best time to eat it, as I think it may have had more taste if I hadn’t eaten it during a time when all things seem to taste the same. Doh. At least I can say I ate it now.

My average speed declined throughout the day as I plodded away, counting down the kilometres to camp. I’m pretty happy it was an easy day, or else I really have no idea where I would have ended up. I got to camp and got the nicest surprise ever - Lori and Iona had taken pity on me and had set up Spidey! Grateful, I changed out of my biking clothes, crawled on in, and went to sleep. I woke up a couple hours later and ate dinner, and then returned to my hexagonal sanctuary to sleep the rest of the night away. Here’s hoping that all this sleep makes a difference - go away, evil illness of doom!

Tomorrow is a short day as we cross on over into PEI (and spend our one and only night there). Should be fun.

2 Responses to “Illness, Cramps, and Giant Lobsters”

  1. Anastasia Says:

    Hope you feel better soon! Congrats on hauling ass this far. You are awesome!

  2. tiff Says:

    hey dare,

    hope you are feeling better by now. There is a live MMA fight show in calgary on sept 9th you want to come watch? give me a call when you get a chance and I can fill you in on the details. I miss you.

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