The day is threatening with thunderstorms on the horizon, but we have a westerly and make it dry into Antigonish. It's bigger than I thought, with a big Staples and a Superstore at the entrance of town. We cruise by the immaculate brick buildings, with white windows, that make up the university. After a left turn a cute dolly in iridescent peach pedal pushers is waving, screaming and snapping photos from the curb. This must be no other than one of our best friends and most loyal and hardworking board member Susan Rae, who has joined us with her husband, jock, dentist par excellence and all around great friend and good guy Darrell Rea. Sue has just taken up road biking and we like to feel we have had some bearing on that. They will join us for the rest of the trip, culminating in D man's 60th in St. John's August 11th.
Sue has arranged for our accommodations from now on in, because our support staff is on holidays. They are checked into a hotel downtown and have booked us two lovely rooms at the Evergreen Inn on the outskirts. Our host, Lynn, "comps" us a room when she learns of our mission. Nice! Our larger than usual crew is in high spirits as we head downtown to a local pub and yak away until we realize that tomorrow is a new day.