My Bicycle Trip Across Canada: Day 63: Ceramics

June 29th: Doyles, NL to Corner Brook, NL: 180k


I killed this day. Biked almost 70 or 80k without a break. Ended up at Helen’s Diner. Waited for Phill for 2 hours. Never showed. Turns out he got some flats and just stopped at the first restaurant he could find.


I biked the next 110 with two stops. One after 60k, and then the next when I was 18k outside of town. So hungry!



Got into Corner Brook and foun the place we’re staying at. We’re staying with a ceramics artist named Michael Flagherty. He’s really cool. Biked across Canada solo doing free bike repairs at art shows. Also went to live on the Grey Islands of FL for 3 months alone, where he made a kiln and then made art.

Mike gave me a book by John Steffler called The Grey Islands. It’s remarkable. It’s a fictionalized version of a trip he did where he lived on the islands alone for a summer. Reading the book. I keep thinking of how similar a lot of our thoughts are, about the journey, the road, the people you meet.

What am I going to do with my life? How can I get all these adventures (climbing, kayaking, cycling) done, and still get a good job. Obviously (?) they probably shouldn’t be so high on my priority list.

I’m excited for Juliane to come to visit. I’m nervous as well. On the one hand I haven’t liked someone this much since Casey or Agatha… but on the other hand she lives in Germany … plus there’s still doubts. There’s always doubts.

We went out to a bar. Met up with Tings and her partner and their Corner Brook host Ryan. Cool guy. I really liked talking to Tings and Kieran (sp?). I keep thinking about Tings. She just seems so cool…


About dontdontoperate

28 year old originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. H.B.Sc. from UofT with a major in chemistry and a double minor in philosophy and math. M.Sc. from UofT in physiology and neuroscience. Finished my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at McMaster in the fall of 2013.
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