Day 6: Bathurst, NB, to Flatlands, NB

After a hearty breakfast prepared by my host, Linda, I started biking, knowing that I have quite a distance to do today. I went towards the ocean, even if it was cold — there really is something so soothing about the water; the tranquility of it all tells me everything will be alright.

Cycling from Bathurst, NB to Flatlands, NB -- this is mst probably the coldest beach I've been to my entire life

Cycling from Bathurst, NB to Flatlands, NB — this is most probably the coldest beach I’ve been to my entire life

It started raining, however, and I accidentally dropped my bike. In addition, my bike’s gears started shifting on its own while I was pedalling: it was rather weird and unpleasant. So I decided to go to Campbellton, NB, to look for a bicycle shop.

Campbellton, NB

Campbellton, NB

Bridge of Campbellton. Quebec is on the other side

Bridge of Campbellton. Quebec is on the other side

Fortunately, I was still able to cycle all the way to Campbellton. Although the only bike shop was closed, I was still glad to see a bit of this quaint little town.

I finally arrived in Flatlands, where my hosts, Chip and Shirley, welcomed me with a can of nice, cold beer. Chip and Shirley are retired teachers, and I spent the whole evening discussing things beyond you can imagine, amidst a bountiful dinner — it was past midnight when we realized that we haven’t finished our dinner yet! It always amazes me how Canadians far and wide, and especially in tiny towns, really have such a warm heart and very generous spirit. Thank you so much, Chip and Shirley, for being such amazing hosts!

Chip and me

Chip and me

Shirley and Chip

Shirley and Chip

One thing that astounds me since I began my journey is how I feel like I can do anything, especially when I open my eyes in the morning. For some reason, never before have I truly felt that it really is all a mindset, all about telling yourself you need to do something. And right now, at this very moment, it just clicks in my head — it all seems to be automatic. I tell myself myself that I need to cross Canada — and that’s it, I feel like I have convinced myself once and for all.

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2 thoughts on “Day 6: Bathurst, NB, to Flatlands, NB

  1. We really enjoyed our visit with Daniel and so honoured to have him spend the night in our home. We wish you luck and will keep tabs on you.

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