Atlantic Canada by Bicycle 2013 travel blog

Day 12

A short 17 km to the Canso Causeway and we were on the Island. Our concerns were realized when we turned North into a 50km/hr head wind that would be our nemesis for the (longest distance of the trip) day. The scenery was fantastic along the way but there would be no stopping for pictures since there was 8 to 10 hours of riding ahead at the rate I was progressing. I rode with a couple of stronger riders for a while but couldn't hold the pace. At the 110 km mark I stopped for a short break. As I started up again a pace line of 5 riders pulled in behind for the climb of the hill ahead. As we crested they passed me and offered to pull me for a while. This was a strong group that I rode with on the first day but at a pace that I could not sustain for the whole trip. They were worn down by the time I hooked up with them and, after 30 km of being pulled I had recovered enough to starting pulling through the rotation. The last 55 km were over in no time. We pulled into the campground at the entrance to Cape Breton Highlands Park at 4:30. Dinner is normally at 6pm but we were still waiting for 5 riders to show up after 7. Definitely the most exhausting day.

Dinner seafood stew of leftovers


164 km

55.0 max

1604m of climbing

8hrs and 6 minutes in the saddle

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