First day on the road
In another post, I’ll share to you how I finally left with peace of mind. I mean, almost! The last 3 days before my departure were more like a sprint than a marathon, and without the help of a few extraordinary people, I would have never been able to leave this morning!
My house was finally empty yesterday night at 21:30. Empty = nowhere to sleep! I went to my friend’s place at St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu for my last night before the Big day. I was so nervous and excited that it was difficult to fall asleep; 3-4 hours of sleep were the best I could get that night! When I woke up in the morning, I became emotional: I was leaving for 15 months and I juste realized it! Some of my friends came to say a last goodbye before I left, and I finally let go the tears… Last goodbyes, I get on the bike and first stop: the bank. When I come out of the bank, I realize that I had left my sunglasses on the bike on my way to get here and I don’t see them anymore… Maybe they are on the road somewhere… I decide to go back to the starting point and look on the road, but the only thing I get is 3 more km on the odometer.
Could have been worse. I can ride without my sunglasses and if needed, I can buy new ones! I am leaving for the second time and Rose doesn’t know what is happening. When I start the GPS, I am really surprised to see I would have to ride on the road 112 at Rougemont… I am haunted by this thought until I get there; it’s the first time I ride on this road since the accident in 2011. I ask Christine, Lynn and Sandra to protect me for the next 15 months on the road. I instantly feel good and safe and it gives me a sudden impulse.
It doesn’t take long before Rose is all wet. I realize that all my trainings were on a dry road so I couldn’t notice that my mudguard was too short! I think to myself that this trip is all about contribution so I could stop and ask someone to contribute. I stop to the garage Pièces d’autos Langevin in MarieVille and talk about my 15 monts project to Sebastien. I ask him if he has a piece of plastic to lengthen my mudguard. He accepts to try the challenge and offers me a free 5 stars service! I am sincerely touched! I start to realize that the people I meet along the way are easily inspired by what I am about to do in the next months, even if they don’t know me! Tears come to my eyes, but I am in a garage, I can’t start to cry in here!
Few minutes later, I am starting to get hungry: I hadn’t eaten a lot since breakfast with all the emotions! I stop at Bistro St-Michel where the waitress open the terrasse just for Rose and I. I start to explain to her my project and she talks about it to the owner. They finally offer me to eat for free if I accept to take a picture of Rose and I in front of their restaurant.. WOW! And food was delicious!
I am back on the road again, and after an hour, I feel like it’s 100 degrees Celsius outside and I drink water continually: I am afraid of heatstroke. BOOM! It only takes few seconds for the weather to change; its pouring rain! We find a shelter. The next hours are on an inclined road and it starts to rain again! I almost got a heatstroke and hypothermia in the same day! At 17:00, I finally make it to destination: the wonderful Karine who accommodates me for the night. She tells me she has a client for 90 minutes but takes the time to show me around. I bring my things inside, take a shower and take a power nap before she comes back. We have dinner with her sister, succulent food, wonderful talks about life and contribution… Amazing night! Now, it’s time to sleep… Have a good night! 😉