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From the Argentia ferry to Whitbourne, Newfoundland

Disembarking from the ferry was a frustrating experience — hundreds of passengers, very young and very old and everything in between, crammed in the landings of the top three floors’  stairways.  The stairs were blocked by staff, pending the signal to let us leave. I always wonder what such situations would become if there was an emergency — mass trampling of the weak?

In any case we made it off without an incident. And leaving the terminal area was a breeze. Soon after we faced our first of several major climbs — and I could tell that I was not well. The queasiness had returned and I felt incapable, weak. Fortunately the wind was at our back and helped tremendously. We only made one short stop, despite the wonderful scenery that unfolded ahead of and beside us.

We made it to Whitbourne and our motel in record time. Bud was here to give us access to the van and our gear. I took all my stuff to my ‘single’ room — first time I would not be sharing living space during the ride! And I spread a whole bunch of stuff out, planning to re-pack. But I was shivering and feeling back at around the 50% level so I went to snooze instead.

I got up, had a very hot shower, shaved and am now writing this update. Avi called — he had heard about my health challenge and was concerned. Then Gay texted me from St. John’s. For once we had a subdued conversation — I hope that I will feel better when we meet tomorrow on Signal Hill.

I will do a bit of packing and then go to sleep.


On the tenth and last province — we madee it!

The Cyclist has landed!

  1. sharmayne jenkins
    August 27, 2011 at 3:51 am

    you know i don’t say much, but i see almost all, and i have been watching you prevail in your selfless quest and i am in awe of you…

  2. August 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I have been thinking about you and this tremendous accomplishment all day. I was speaking with Ariane and Patrik about you this morning, and we shared a sense of awe and quiet pride for our brother. Ilan, I am thrilled for you and the completion of this achievement. I know that you will recover your health swiftly, and tomorrow morning when you wake up and realize that you don’t HAVE TO RIDE – that you can revel…

    Much love, Leslie

  3. August 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    It’s amazing that you’re so close – savour the final province! What an accomplishment! Looking forward to connecting when you’re back!

  4. August 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Amazing that the finish line is so close. Hope you’re already feeling better and able to experience the close to this journey in health, and strength, and able to fully experience the celebration of your amazing accomplishment! xoxoxo Rho

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