The beginning of today was wretched. A little bit of blue sky teased me as I was getting my bike ready for the day’s ride. The blue sky was in the opposite direction that I was biking in. It was raining. Then it began raining more. My rain gear was already damp from the day before. Within a half hour of my ride, I was absolutely soaked. Riding in pouring rain, getting misted by trucks, is really like taking a shower. You will get soaked no matter what you’re wearing. On days like this, I don’t like to stop a lot. I just want to get it over and done with. If I stop every hour or every other hour and go into a warm, dry RV, I will find it impossible to get to my destination. First, you don’t really notice how soaking wet you are until you enter a dry place—although you do feel the puddles in your shoes and your sopping gloves. My main reason for avoiding frequent breaks is that it’ such a tease to experience the comfort and then force myself to go back outside.
The 70km ride to White River from where we stayed (about 30km east of Marathon) was a mental battle. Just after White River, I met another cyclist, Wanetta. She’s doing a cross-Canada as well. She isn’t travelling with the weight of panniers because she’s doing a supported ride similar to what I’m doing. Her campaign is called Cycling Across Canada Raw. She’s raising money to send people through a health and lifestyle workshop which was profound in her life. To learn more about her campaign, check out the website: http://www.ridingraw.webs.com/. Anyhow, the last 80km of today was mostlyin the rain, but it wasn’t gruelling because I had a new friend to ride with. I was supposed to pass my French friends, Max and David, at some point today, but I never saw them. There’s no cell reception around here, so it’s difficult to schedule a rendezvous. Perhaps I’ll see them tomorrow, but I ended up with company today, and that made my treacherous day somewhat enjoyable. Amazing what communication can do.
Today, the road went inland. Tomorrow, the road is following the shores of Superior again, so I hope to get the helmet camera rolling for some beautiful scenery. It should be a tough, but gorgeous ride. I think rain is in the forecast again, but supposedly, I’ll have a tailwind.
It’s a short blog tonight. I have to do some laundry. All the rain has forced me to go through my entire cycling wardrobe.