Day 27 - Day 29 Dundurn to Regina
We woke early and packed slowly, up at 5:00 out by 8:00, we started a day we knew would be a tough one. Catherine's knee was getting worse and we had NO idea how far we'd make it. We had leftover subway for breakfast and felt a little more confident and a little heartburn. Once we got on the road it was pretty slow going but still early enough that we knew we had a shot at making it the 180km to Lumsden. That plan didn't last long but it was the plan. It was 3pm when we made it into Davidson, Sk and Catherine's knee didn't have much left in it. We considered the extra 30km to Craik but figured it would be better to just rest and try again tomorrow. Davidson had a small campground with nicer bathrooms than I have at home, do we were glad we stopped. We called in to the Bob's Bike Ride committee meeting and were reminded how close to home we really were. We packed up quick and skipped a free campfire so we could get lots of sleep. Packed up and in the tent by 7pm and then asleep well before 8pm was kind of strange but was a much needed sleep. We both woke up at midnight thinking it was morning, had a laugh then easily fell back asleep.
The long nap was veey necessary. We were up at 5:30, packed up by 6:00 and stopped at the small town A&W for breakfast. Being on the road by 7:30 meant we had a full day of riding but could take it as slow as we wanted. Catherine did amazing. Her knee still pretty sore, we were able to get up to our normal pace at 20km/hr a few times throughout the day. We stopped for lunch and had another motivational talk. We decided our upcoming deadlines in Regina and Winnipeg were stressing us out, but we had to focus on our bodies and take our own pace. It's better to be a day late then miss out on half the country. We got up, dusted our helmets, and I told Catherine, "We're beating up our bodies enough, we don't need to beat ourselves up mentally and emotionally too". Feeling a lot better we found a comfortable pace and cruised into Chamberlain around 4:00pm. The girl at the hotel was a little surprised we were asking for a room but quickly got up from her crossword to help us out. I had a bunch of emails to send out so Catherine napped for a couple hours while I did that and watched the basketball game in the background. I couldn't decide who I was cheering for, but it was nice to not think about deadlinea and biking for a while. Went for a cool down walk and watched the sunset at 9:00 pm. It was the most beautiful I've seen in a while and I was sort of glad I forgot my phone in the room. It was nice to just enjoy nature for that 20 minutes with my best friend. Life gets busy and hard and scary and sometimes we forget what it's all about. Learning to love EVERYTHING and EVERYONE unconditionally, on your hard days, on hers, and the drivers' that we'll never meet.
Up at 5:30 again and on the road by 7:40 we decided to split up as I had some errands to run in Regina before heading to the Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan, Regina office. It was the first time we'd really been apart in a month and neither of us noticed that until we said goodbye. There was that first couple moments of "how do I human without that human?" But it was a nice day to challenge myself and see what I could really do. I pushed all morning and did 33km in about an hour and 10 minutes. I don't have a fancy watch like Catherine to get the exact speeds but 30km/hr felt pretty good. I didn't keep that up all day, soon after that the wind was in my face so I was glad I hot as far as I did. I felt myself slow down but reminded myself it wasn't about the numbers, it's about pushing your own capabilities in the environment you find yourself in. Something I've learned in the past few years. You can't always provide yourself with the optimal conditions or work environment so you can't expect to push out productivity at that level either. One pedal at a time, one long gradual hill at a time, one- AHH *coughs* sh- *coughs* -it I swallowed a fly. Wtf! *coughing fit* *heavy breathing*. Okay... I'm okay. Where was I? Oh look! A sign for Lumsden. It was quite a day.
I stopped for lunch after going through the ravine Lumsden settles in, around 10:40. The wind was changing as the day went on getting more and more head on. The last 2 hours were pleasant and I felt confident. I was pushing at 90% and since my day was almost over, I wasn't concerned about my speed at all.
Once I got to Regina, I checked the route for all my stops and continued on. Some fun things happened in Regina:
I memorized my route from the perimeter to the bank and then to LDAS.
I passed a car in a residential zone. He wasn't turning or parking, I went faster than a real life car.
I raced a Porsche through traffic. We always ended up next to eachother at red lights and I kept up with him for the first couple blocks each time. It was fun.
I biked through a charity event of some sort. I don't know how or what. I just know I was biking through a park and then a guy in a vest said "you can't be here" pointed in a direction I tried to go in that direction but it was just a crowd a people so I veered the other way. Then an air horn went off and there was lots of cheering and camera flashes. I looked ahead and saw about 12 musclely guys pulling an ambulance. I dodged them then passed a police officer who just put his head down and shook his head. I gave him a grin and he laughed as I got out of there as quick as I could.
I got to LDAS and they were the friendliest people I'd seen in a while. We had an open discussion about ADHD and learning disabilities with their adult ed class and it was a real good reminder of why I'm doing this and how important it really is. For the first time in my life, I'm flirting with the idea of being proud of myself. Nope too scary, I'll think about that again tomorrow.
I'd like to thank Tracy and Garth for welcoming us into their home and not giving me too hard of a time that Durant retired and took his signing bonus or for the Nichols injury. It really meant a lot. Thanks guys.
Until next time,