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The 99km first day bike ride from St. Anthony to Flower’s Cove was a success!

Before beginning my bike ride I was greeted by a news reporter from the Northern Pen - Adam. After having a chat, taking a few photos, and saying some goodbyes, I was on my way!

The first 60km were a breeze – the air was fresh, the sun was beaming, and the winds were calm. My father would drive 10km ahead of me and would wait for me to catch up to him. Knowing that my father would be waiting holding his thumbs up, cheering me on and always checking in on me was something that enabled me to keep going the entire 99km.

After taking a small break to have a snack, I was greeted by two friendly faces that had slowed down their car to talk to me. As they handed me $20.00 they told me that they had just drove back from St. John’s as their son was getting cancer treatment.  It was the thought of their son, and all of the other Newfoundlanders around that area having to travel these long distances that pushed me to bike the other 40km, despite the 45km/h winds that began to come upon me.

A few kilometers outside of Flower’s Cove, I saw a bright yellow building with the label Straits Development Association. After drinking four bottles of water, I decided it was probably best to take a washroom break. What I thought would be a simple washroom break turned into a friendly gathering, as I met a group of women and men who had heard about my bike trip, and had many questions! Only in Newfoundland do you stop for a washroom break and leave with $100.00 in donations.

After biking 99km, arriving in Flower’s Cove was a relief!! Maggie Chambers, the owner of the French Island Bed and Breakfast in Flower’s Cove, sponsored a one-night stay and was waiting at the door ready to greet me as I arrived. She had set up a little meet and greet with the residents working on the White Rock Trail. I loved having the opportunity to tell some residents about my project, as I know how important these funds will soon become to them.

It is only 9:30pm now and I am getting ready for bed – the early rise tomorrow will help me to avoid some winds! I am so excited for tomorrow’s bike ride to Port Saunders, I’ll make sure to fill you all in!

Talk to you soon!

Maike van Niekerk

Website: www.katrinskarepackage.com

Facebook: Katrin’s Karepackage

Twitter: @KKarepackage

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  • Emily Peddle
    August 02, 2014 - 06:17

    You are doing a wonderful job. Good luck.

  • Todd Warren
    August 02, 2014 - 05:51

    I remember you always laughing and giggling as I saw you at elementary school when I brought and picked up Frankie!! You were a special little girl and today you prove that to the rest of NL, Canada and beyond. Your Dad is surely Proud and your Mom will guide you!! :)