Day Seventy Two – Aug 31 St. John’s 15k
At 8am the 2012 edition of the Tour du Canada assembled outside of the Battery Hotel. We wanted to get this over with. Ride up the hill or ride down to the water's edge. What will it be?
Part of the group rode up to the Signal Hill monument while the balance went down to the water to dip wheels into the Atlantic Ocean.
The downhillers then rode to the top of Signal Hill. Everyone was at the top now. Photos of everything and everyone were on order.
When all the riders were at the top and had finished there own photo shots we all assembled for the final group shot. Five are missing from the group. We started with 34 riders. We lost Maurice because his head wasn't into leaving his sick wife for the summer. Marilyn bowed out at the same time because she realized she was not prepared for the ride. We lost Cindy in Saskatchewan because her tail bone couldn't heal while she was on the bicycle. The biggest loss was Obo in Manitoba when he got taken out by a careless driver. We gained a rider in Quebec City to bring our group to 31. Five decided not to cross to NFLD. That left twenty six survivors on Signal Hill.
It was also the last chance that the TdC ’12 synchronized swim team would meet to show off their routines. They will be missed.
The early risers went down to dip their tires and we all met back at the hotel for breakfast.
This isn’t the end of the story.
Accidents followed us around on this journey. For the most part they were kept at bey but one was never free from them. This final day would be no different. On the descent from Signal Hill, Trevor had a flat tire and crashed his bike. He ended up in the hospital. His carbon frame bike did not fare so well. He is doing well and probably had better food than what we had for our brunch.
At our brunch those of us who wanted to make testimonials did. Others of us kept our thoughts to ourselves. Our memories are common though. Our bonds to each other secure.