At the risk of sounding hardened or naive, I am perpetually surprised by the scale, form and frequency of kindness that we have received.
Tonight we are staying in the home of Gail James (XIndianPrincess), a friend of a friend of a friend. With Gail, we feel immediately at home. This isn’t easy to achieve; it takes lots of preplanning and thought to make hospitality seem effortless. Gail has spent her day-off shopping, baking, dehydrating fruit and preparing her space to be maximally comfortable for us. One centrepiece furnishing is a self designed/built rack to hold a number of leafs for her expandable diningroom table. That is the first clue that Gail is the sort of person who has dedicated herself to social hosting. She knows what she is doing and clearly loves it.
Gail, we are so grateful for your hospitality. It has been a shot in the arm right when we needed it. You are now part of the success of this trip.
Today, we rode with Walter (74) and Regula (late 50ish). These are two amazing riders, wearing P4P shirts to show their support. Walter rode across Canada on his own 3 years ago at the age of 71!
Mike rode with us for the entire 60 km day. Not an easy ride, as there were hills involved. He rode exceptionally well.
We stayed with Gail that night, ate and drank like champions, and talked until we were sleepy (which wasn’t long after dinner).