woo hoo!! I've finally made it out to the last province of this ride. Right now I'm relaxing with my friend Pete, who I met in Canmore when I first arrived there. His place in Cornerbrook was very, very welcome, it's been a long 3 days from Port au basques. When I arrived at the ferry terminal in Nova Scotia I jumped onto the first ferry, which happened to leave at 11:59pm and arrive at 6am, great! Except for the fact that the seats on the ferry, although reclining and soft, seemed to have been designed specifically to be as uncomfortable as humanly possible. I spent a day "resting" trying to sleep through the daylight with trucks and cars passing 20ft away. Needless to say, even though I wasn't riding my bike it wasn't the most relaxing time off I could have imagined. In retrospect I wish I had ridden that day because now, hurricane Ivan is blowing with incredibly strong north and north east winds the forecasts have said 60-80km per hour with gusts to 130kph. Yesterday was without a doubt the hardest day of riding of the entire trip. I knew it was going to be good first thing in the morning, it was cold, and wet, everything I had was wet, both of my shoes were full of water and my gear must have weighed 10lbs more because it was all soaked. The wind blew incessantly into my face all day long, I had to pedal in my lowest gear almost the whole way, even downhill where the wind would stop me in my tracks if I didn't pedal. Combining the winds with rain and cold made the day truly horrible, the whole way I doubted if I would even be able to ride the 100km I needed to reach Cornerbrook. In the end I did make it and I'm so grateful to the Thurlow family for letting me stay under their roof while the weather blows over.