Day 40: Grand Falls to Fredericton 190 km
At about the 90 km mark we stopped for lunch at the Hartland United Baptist Church. Pastor Charlie, a friend of Rob’s, served us up a great lunch of lasagna, bread and salad. Thank you Pastor Charlie!
Hartland is the home of the largest covered bridge in the world, and right next to the church.After lunch we were joined by Harold and Darlene Albrecht MP Kitchner/Conestoga and Darlene brother Paul. Harold and Paul rode with us for about 30 km. Mike Allen MP for Tobique-Mactaguac, the area we were in, met us to congratulate us and encourage us along our way. Harold and Mike are on the far left, Darlene is on the far right.Leaving Hartland we headed south across the center of New Brunswick to Fredericton. The route was shorter than the river valley but sure gave us a good work out with a continual row of hills. We rejoined the river valley just before Fredericton. Our host for dinner, a presentation and overnight was the Cornerstone Church. What a wonderful dinner they provided. We are all looking forward to a day off. Have you ever heard the express “falling asleep sitting up?” Take a look at the shot of Richard…Today, we have discussed “hitting the wall”. Not because we have not enjoyed the journey, but physically and emotionally we are reaching a limit.
We realized connecting with people is really significant at this point to help cheer our spirits. Day 39 we had nothing set up, it was a long day and seemed so hard. Today seemed to go so much better. Both days were about the same length and level of difficulty, but today we had a lot more connections with people. We are all looking forward to a day off from cycling. Many people have mentioned they have been praying for us and for our safety. Thank you!