It was a special moment on the 23rd of August as we all meet up again at Cape Spear, the most eastern point of North America to celebrate our traversing of Canada.
I have thoroughly enjoyed touring by bike and feel that it is a richly rewarding way to explore a country, meet people and appreciate how the landscape has shaped and will continue to shape peoples lives.
I hope you have enjoyed the journey and were able to glean something from our experience. I have enjoyed doing the blog which although has been quite a big commitment, it has been very rewarding. It has been a good process to reflect on what I have learnt, thought and experienced and finding ways to express this. Your feedback and comments along the way have been an important component of this, so thank you.
This by no means will be the last tour, but next time it will be even better if Meg is able to join me so we can share the experience.
Over the coming weeks there will be more blogs as I pull together some thoughts, learnings, tips and reflections etc. But for now and the next few days we will enjoy what time we have left in St John’s and Montreal before returning home on the 2nd September.
John and Annie don’t return home until later in September after a well earned cycling holiday in France with other friends from the Bendigo cycling network. The blog doesn’t adequately reflect everything that happens behind the scenes to make the tour possible and to keep it going day to day. The planning, commitment, daily decisions, logistics and coordination, communications, filming etc requires a lot of time and negotiation. John planted the seeds of inspiration and opportunity for me to come along so I am very grateful to John and Annie for including me in what was has truly been a trip of a lifetime.
I would also like to thank my colleagues at Rural Finance for their support and encouragement.
And of course I also thank the very generous, hospitable and friendly Canadians who have opened their doors so freely and made us so very welcome in their homes. They gave us good advice to keep us safe, introduced us to new opportunities and greater insights to their communities and way of life.