Canada's Third Language

Life is incredibly local. Every time we cross a border, the license plates on the cars immediately all switch to the new province, as if they're unable to cross the imaginary lines we as a country have created. It's even noticeable in neighbouring cities that are divided by no more than a river; people stay to their side for the most part. My own life seems to reflect this, generally (this trip being an exception). I would wager that >99% of my time is spent inside a geographic area with a 5km radius. Mom used to always say most accidents happen close to one's home as a way to get me to wear a bike helmet or seat belt, even if it was just around the block. If that stat is true, it's clearly because most life happens there. It's nice to get out of that bubble. It helps us see that our home town isn't the only one with a "Water street", and that any other one you see isn't named after the one you happened to be born closest to. It's a good reminder of our individual insignificance, and perceived self importance. Tangent: everyone thinks their town has "the craaaaziest hill omg you'll never get up it on that bike!" Today I heard the thick Atlantic Canadian accent for the first time on this trip, and I wasn't sure if the person was speaking French or English. It's wild that within a one hour drive the language can change so abruptly within the same country. Kudos to NB for a solid day of riding. We had some headwind, but I've gotten into the habit of sending myself to the Pain Cave for a few afternoon intervals, especially on flat days, and only once the end is within reach. I'm liking the idea of intense efforts after 3 or 4 hours of riding, it feels like it'd be a very hard workout to replicate in real life, and that the payoff will be worth it later.

Ride Stats

Distance114.4 km
Elevation Gain526 m
Start Time 8:04 am
Riding Time 5 hours, 17 minutes
Total Time10 hours, 06 minutes
Average Speed21.6 km/h
Top Speed47.2 km/h
Average Temperature18.0 °C
Average Power127.6 W
Energy Burned2714.7 Calories
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