I have forgotten to mention that our group is now 5, as we are joined by Jim’s wife, Krista. She
is a natural fit and, for me, arrives with sleuthing skills to find a perfect pie and help celebrate my
birthday. It turns out that it is also Jim and Krista’s wedding anniversary, and there are ample
wines and spirits for toasting.
Our route today is a two leaf clover, as we drive to Truro to do a few out and back loops, while
the others sell shirts outside a mall. It is a tiring day got everyone, though thanks to those who
dropped by, and especially to the generosity of the Home Hardware management.
Saturday, we start early (for us), and get out before 8:00. The bronze sun stabs through thick
morning fog to give our morning ride a Mount Olympus vibe. We should do this more often. We
ride 115 km to get to a venue in Halifax and, along the way, I ride fast with some local riders
(sometimes it just feels good to give it everything you have, rather than holding reserves for long
distances. Naturally, I’m baked for the remainder of the ride, but with a smile.)
The Halifax event is the annual “Ride With The Mayor”, but with a twist – with the assistance of
Jack and Ken from Parkinson Society Nova Scotia, we are feted in the Mayor’s speech, and
spend the entire ride having wonderful conversations. In the evening, we meet Jack, Ken and
their friends, as well as a friend of Mike’s, and I fall into a terrific conversation with Theresa
about ways that we can best serve the Parkinson community. We both come away with ideas
and some enthusiasm. Those are the best conversations.
We now count our remaining time on this tour in days, rather than weeks or months. My time
here is evaporating.