Let the healing (mental and physical) begin. I actually arrived in Victoria yesterday (Monday August 2nd) but celebrating seem to get in the way of updating the blog.
My final day on the road was short... just 91km but was not without a last couple of challenges as I ended up doing 2 furious time trials... the first was over the last 10km to make the next ferry and save myself an hours wait (made it with less than a minute to spare)... and then a second all out sprint to the end through the streets of Victoria after being slowed up by some construction and knowing that Carmel and family/friends were waiting on me. I ended up missing my predicted arrival time by 9 mins... but that's not too bad after over 7000kms of riding!
The official finish was the mile "0" marker in Beacon Hill park in Victoria, where the TransCanada ends (begins?). Carmel and everyone were there waiting and I basked in my moment of glory as I was showered with champagne.
As I sit here the morning after... I feel a little lost. It seems strange to not be doing the usual routine of packing up and rolling out for another day of pedalling. The whole thing feels surreal and it will take some time to unwind and settle back into "normal" life. I'll post some final reflections on my journey in a few days but for now, here are the raw details. Despite what I said before I started, my competitive side took over once I got going and I did turn this into a race to see how fast I could get across the country and of course, to try and beat my birthday (which I did by 2 days!)
Number of days on the road: 42
Number of days actually riding: 40 (2 days off very early on for bike problems and visiting family)
Total distance: 7009 kms
Average distance per day: 175.2 kms (or 108.9 miles)
Longest single day: 235km (10 days over 200km)
Shortest day: 91km (the final day)
Total time on bike (just pedaling... not including stops): 339 hrs 25 mins
Average time in saddle per day: 8 hrs 29 mins