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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Day 77 - Big Pond, Nova Scotia to SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA (Atlantic Ocean)

Well we are! You have heard all about the rocks, the tree's, the hills and the suffering! I'm sure there was all of that again today, but it went by in a blur.  I had 37 km to think about all of the wonderful people who have supported me over the past 77 days.  It poured rain all night!  We had no intention of not getting on that bike, though!  It cleared up about 15 minutes after breakfast and Brian was out pumping up the tires and drying off the seat!  I was soaking wet, pretty quick, but honestly it felt like my feet were on fire! At 10:30 a.m. I was near the big fiddle in Sydney and dipping the front tire in the Atlantic Ocean.  The sun was shining...literally!  It turned out to be a fine day. 
Most of you know that I have dedicated my ride to bringing about awareness of impaired driving.  When I was 8 years old, my best friend, Brenda Jean Handy was killed by a drunk driver, while riding her bicycle to my house.  Brenda was almost 11 years old.  Brenda was my first role model.  She was an accomplished athlete at many sports, swimming, skating, baseball, and track and field.  She was the one, that told me, "Yes you can" at a very early age.  She taught me many things and one of them was to never give up.  Brenda has been gone for almost 44 years and I still miss her.  Yesterday I wished her Mum a Happy Birthday.  Her parents have been like parents to me. So to Brenda, I will always be grateful for the lessons she taught me.
I am also so very grateful to my family and friends, for all the love and support they have shown to Brian and I over the past 77 days.  More than you will ever know, your thoughts have touched us deeply.  Bo, Melissa, Drew, Kate, Blythe, and Rodrigue thank you for your special touches.  We have missed you all very much and look forward to seeing you soon.
And Brian, how can I ever thank you for EVERYTHING!  Not many husbands would give up their golf membership to follow their wife across the country.  Above and beyond the call of duty.  I could not have done this without you!  Thank you!
I have tried to give complete instructions about our route and the terrain, in case any of you want to do the same trip.  If any of you take complete leave of your senses and decide to make the trip, call me first.  I have loads of tips that may make the trip a little easier.  There will be one more blog entry from Brian when we get home.  But this is it from me....signing off from Sydney, Nova Scotia.  Anne
Flo gets dipped in the Atlantic

The Last Morning begins


  1. Congratulations to you both!
    What a journey. Memories for a lifetime.

  2. You did it!!! We knew that all along.
    We are so very amazed by you.
    You are a "Power Couple" in the truest sense of the word. When I finished reading your blog just now I was so moved it brought tears to my eyes.
    God Bless you both always,
    Beth & Bob