Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 93: A Free Day in St. John's

By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

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Another brilliant day awaited us this morning, but indeed it had to wait, because we had some sleeping in to be done. We split company today with Sue and D renting a car to see the sights, Carol and mom boarding a plane back home, Ian and Colleen off to continue their vacation (nice having you all guys), Gin plugging away on her iPad and Quinn and I off on an errand.

Although we had the windshield wipers "fixed" twice,they didn't notice that a metal armature had cracked, so we took a chance and took the part down to the local marine machine shop, where they banged it into place and welded it. And…it worked!!, so bring on the rain, we can handle it.

I enjoyed the sunny day walking the busy tourist streets of the capital, picking up the odd souvenir here and there, free of all the rigours of the fast paced journey we had just completed, clicking random pics, into Second Cup for a coffee expresso milkshake, you know, all the lingering things people do on holiday. I wanted to keep the legs moving, not only because you get addicted to exercise, but we still have that daunting Vancouver to Whistler ride to complete when we get home.

For some who haven't been following our rally schedule, we are planning a grand finale, starting August 28, noon at Terry Fox Plaza at BC Place, where the Premier and our sponsors and hopefully a good crowd will be on hand to send us off to our beloved Whistler. This finale will be in two parts, the 28th we will ride up to Squamish, where we will have a rally at 6 PM and stay overnight. The next morning we will ride up to Whistler where the muni will greet us and our rig at The Olympic Plaza, about noon, where we will end our journey officially and cut a cake. We hope there will be riders joining us on both legs of this finale. Please keep the good weather coming friends.

This evening Sue, D, Gin, I and Q, pick a nice place for a final dinner and close the curtain with a nightcap and some raunchy live music at O'Rielly's pub. Tomorrow, most scatter for home, mission complete, deal done, satisfaction guaranteed!

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