June 12th: Oh wonderful day!
What can I say but FANTASTIC DAY! I could not have asked for a better end to a long run. The sun was shinning and the birds were singing. I rode along a back road that would be called a main highway in any other part of the world, just without the traffic. Oh ya the roads in New Brunswick are fantastic, I can’t get over it, I have come to the odd place that is in need of repair and just when I am thinking that I could find another road… Bam! Road crew and back on brand new pavement. Also the Maritimes seem to understand what a paved shoulder is, in other words it does not consist of 6 inches of broken concrete but rather 6 feet of finally groomed ash fault. The wind was with me the entire way today and it was WONDERFUL. I covered over 100 km in under three hours, with a stop to fix a flat tire! What can I say I love this place!
I would also like to send out a big thank you to a wonderful thing that has made this tour possible. This fantastic substance comes in all shapes and sizes and Canada has more of it than anywhere else in the world. Lets have a big round of applause for WATER. I’ve been drinking a lot of water the last couple of months, but my consumption has reached epic proportions that last week or so as the temperature has climbed into the high twenties and low thirties. I have grown very fond of that little molecule, two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen, and a whole heaping helping of fannntasitc!
Some people give water a bad rap, saying sports drinks are better and juice has more flavor. I say shame on you all. What did water ever do to you? You show me someone that thinks water doesn’t have any flavor and I’ll show you a person that has never biked a hundred km in thirty degree weather and had a clod refreshing drink of water revitalize mind, body, and sole! In fact I met a young man on the road today, out for his afternoon run; now this man was a little over weight, but he is working on getting fit and healthy so we applaud and support his effort. He didn’t have any water though! It was thirty degrees out, he was wearing a sweater, and he looked like he was about to keel over! So I stopped to give him some water and I think I made a friend for life. Lets see some silly little sports drink do that!
Meeting my new friend today was great though. Here is a person who is overweight, has not been active or health conscious, but is out trying to change, and is happy with every step he makes. He is a great example and an inspiration for me. For him being active isn’t about winning soccer games, or medals. It isn’t about seeking fame or recognition. He just wants to be happy about himself and enjoy his life. We shouldn’t have to worry about fitting in with the media image of what we should look like, or a society feeling that winning is everything. Get out and get active because you want to feel better about yourself and have fun doing it!
Activity tip: In keeping with the spirit, get out and enjoy yourself. Being active is about having fun and living better, so don’t be afraid to try something new you just might find you enjoy it! Oh just please don’t wear a sweater when it is thirty degrees out, for my sake…and yours!