Nice to have a day off yesterday in Grand Falls-Windsor. I had already gone to the supermarket and stocked up on food, so I didn't leave my AirBnB all day! It's funny how quickly you get used to the creature comforts.
Good day on the trail today, some interesting railway bridges. A couple of guys on ATVs stopped and had a chat. They were impressed with my trip and I enjoyed listening to their local tongue.
Bit of a highway detour due to a tunnel under the road being completely filled in.
A "big town" here is one that has a store of any kind, so getting a good meal can be tricky. I'm learning to make the most of what I can get, but tonight I managed to find Heineken singles, which is a big improvement on the beer front!
Ended the day at a warming hut, a bit of a treat seeing as it's my first hut this trip.
I fell off my bike into a bog! I was attempting to "pull over" to let some ATV drivers pass but when I put my foot down into what I thought was grass it ended up being mostly made of air! I ended up knee-deep in disgusting water right in-front of two old guys! ...that took me down a few pegs.
First puncture today. Not only of this trip, but on this bike. The rocks got me eventually. I just so happened to be passing some people collecting water from a natural spring when it happened, so it made for quite a good lunch spot.
Booked a motel for tomorrow night, so I pushed on and did 98km today, that way I can get to town earlier and make the most of it. That meant setting up camp in the dark. Found a spot next to a lake and surprised a duck hunter. He said he wouldn't shoot in my direction, which I thought was very good of him. Saw some shooting starts before bed.
I did not sleep well last night! It got very windy and the tarp was not one of my best setups! So my ride to Clarenville was a bit of a challange, but thanks to my work yesterday fairly short. Nice to have a room to chill out in.
So my back tire is even worse than I thought. Another puncture made me realise that the tire wall has become very thin. I haven't ever worn out chunky tires like this before, so it's been a bit of a learning exercise. I switched the front with the back, but my patch didn't work, so now I'm running low on patches. Should hopefully get me St. John's. A few other minor bike issues. I think this winter is going to be filled with a lot of bike maintenance learning.