Tuesday, May 19, 2009

End of the Line

After the longest ride of the trip (102 miles and nearly 8 hours on the saddle), I arrived at Owen Sound tonight around eight o’clock. I wasn’t planning to get here until tomorrow, but as I got closer today the endorphins kicked in and I decided to go for it.

This was in spite of a really wicked head wind and even the threat of rain at one point. I didn’t have any time for exploring once I got here, but will visit several sites in the morning and blog about them tomorrow night. I am very tired but elated tonight – it’s hard to believe the adventure is over. Here are a few stats:

Total miles ridden: 2,216
Total days riding: 41
Average miles per day: 54
Total dog chases (since Fulton, MS): 45
Total flats: 4 (all within the first week)

For about 20 miles of the ride today, I passed through very flat farm land (although at a high elevation). Seeing hundreds of these huge turbines stretching as far as the eye could see in every direction, I realized that the real cash crop in northern Ontario is wind.

They are very impressive and a bit creepy, with a kind of War of the World look about them. At least Canada is putting its wind to work in creating clean energy.

Here’s a picture of my first glimpse of Nottawasaga Bay, just outside of Collingwood. You can see it just over the tree line in the background. The scenery was beautiful and ever-changing as I progressed along the route.

I can’t keep my eyes open so I’m going to wrap this blog up with a huge thank you to those who have contributed to this campaign. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to do so. Check back tomorrow for more information about historic Owen Sound.

Large versions of all my blog pics can be found at my photo gallery

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Ken B. said...

Congratulations, Pat! The check is on the way!

The Boneys said...

EUREKA !!!!! congratulations on an adventure well done...We'll see you soon.

Canada said...

Glad you made it! Now please everyone don your beaver fur hats, stand at attention and join in:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Mary Trapp said...

wow!!! You did it. I never doubted that you would succeed. I'm contributing now. See you at Radio Live.

Sharon said...

We are super proud of you. Hurry home!

rlwalker said...

You started at the Coffee Cup. Want to end up there?

Draper said...

We're looking forward to your wrap-up blog post and pictures of Owen Sound! Hope you are getting some well deserved rest, Mission Accomplished, at ease soldier!

Nancy said...

Hello Pat ..... Hello Pat
Are you going to do a final blog entry? We were wondering if you actually tried that awful back bacon and egg pie someone described and was overcome. I hope you are having a wonderful time and can't wait to see the photos of Owen Sound, I hear it is a charming little city.

The Boneys said...

The Last Word???