August 3 and 4

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On August 3rd we arrived in Parson’s Pond, a small community of only 300 residents.  When planning the route for biking across Newfoundland, Parson’s Pond was the sole community that I could not find any sort of hotel or bed and breakfast to contact for a one-night stay. Two days before leaving for the bike trip I received a phone call from a woman named Justine Major, a resident of Parson’s Pond. She had called to tell me that she had collected some funds for my fundraiser, but by the end of the conversation I had found a place to stay in Parson’s Pond… the Majors' household!

 

I cannot even talk much about the biking that day, as it was overshadowed by the amazing day I had with Justine and Charlie Major. While driving to the Major’s household my father and I were wondering about places that we could go to eat in Parson’s Pond. Knowing that the town was fairly small, we assumed that we were going to have to drive outside of town to find food. To our surprise, the Major’s had cooked a delicious lunch of chicken, vegetables, and salad, which was finished by a homemade pie! Charlie is fond of growing various vegetables and enjoys cooking and baking, so we had a taste of his talents!

 

After filling up on the Major’s gourmet lunch, and having a short nap, the four of us decided that we would go for a short hike. While walking, Charlie began pointing out some edible fruits, which of course I had to sample! While some were sweet and others bitter, all of them were quite amazing. It became quite obvious over time that I was envious of Charlie’s ability to cook and bake, so Charlie promised he would share some of his skills when he got home. We ended up making cinnamon buns!

 

It was obvious that the couple had gone above and beyond to make my father and I feel at home, but perhaps the greatest shock and honor of all was when Justine told us she had fundraised $300.00 herself for Katrin’s Karepackage. The couple who own a convenience store, had been selling 50/50 tickets to fundraise for the bike ride! On top of that, they donated $100.00 on behalf their store. Justine donating a total of $400.00 for Katrin’s Karepackage was such a great surprise, and I truly feel blessed to have met this amazing couple.

 

The day was so busy with Justine and Charlie that I did not have a chance to blog that evening, which is why this blog combines two days.

 

Today I biked from Parson’s Pond to Rocky Harbour. The ride was just under 60km, which is extremely short in comparison to the other days, therefore I found today more like a rest day than anything else! After arriving in Rocky Harbour, my father and I took advantage of the weather by going on several walks and taking in Rocky Harbour’s beauty.

 

Tonight we have been sponsored a one-night stay at Gros Morne Accommodations and Hostels! Although the night is only young, I am heading to bed quite soon as I have to tackle the infamous Gros Morne mountains tomorrow. Wish me luck (my legs and I are going to need it)!

 

Maike

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