Having spent more time stretching and working on my knee last night than any other day, I was a tad frustrated this morning to find it the most painful it’s been for the last three weeks. I’m not sure why that was the case and I’m now slightly apprehensive about doing anything with it tonight. Even without the knee; I wasn’t in a brilliant mood early on anyway. I didn’t leave until 8 this morning – which isn’t too bad – but considering I woke up at 5:30, it shows how motivated I was…
The first couple of hours or so didn’t do much to make me feel better, despite it actually being quite a nice ride and passing 3000 North American miles. Hitting this marker has made me realise that I am now closer to London than I am to San Fransisco (in terms of cycling) which is quite exciting.
After a very brief stop at about 50km I felt much better. Not really sure why but the next couple of hours were absolutely fine and actually quite enjoyable. After stopping to get something to eat at 100km, the wind picked up in the wrong direction. It didn’t annoy me too much but I found my mood fluctuating for the rest of the day.
I did get given a drink and some food by a very nice couple who had also done a bit of cycling. Judging by the direction they drove off in, I think they actually went out of their way to do this so that was a very nice gesture.
Today was a lot hillier than it has been recently and whilst it made for slow going, I enjoyed the climbs for the most part. Something I noticed whilst going up and down though was the temperature difference. Apparently Lake Superior is notoriously very cold and this made a huge difference when ever I descended back down to lake-level. To be fair, it meant that I didn’t overheat today (which I could have done) but it did shock me a couple of times.
I met another cyclist (he is cycling across Canada) in the last 20 kilometres or so and I rode with him for about 10 minutes before he turned off to a campsite.
That’s about it really. On paper it was a really good day, I just didn’t really feel tip-top.
Distance: 119.4miles / 192.1km
Riding Time: 8:31:34
Av. Speed: 14.0mph / 22.5kph