Day 89 – Mission accomplished – The End of the Road!!

Day 89 – I can hardly believe it, but I’ve finished! Canada 🇨🇦 Has Been Crossed! Due to unusual circumstances, which I’ll explain as soon as I finish my celebrations here at the Shamrock City Pub on Water St, St. John’s, I got to the very end of the road across Canada one whole day early.

I’ve just got back to St. John’s from Cape Spear, the craziest, hilliest stretch of road on the whole trip, and I’m drinking Kilkenny beers and waiting for my surf’n’ turf blow-out supper to arrive.

IOU two blog posts, mostly ready to post but I hope you don’t mind just sharing this moment with me, regardless of timing, after all we’ve been through together. Live Irish music is filling the bar, it’s packed, it’s Friday night, I’m unbelievably glad to have done this, after the years of planning, and the gloves are off tonight.

Easternmost landfall of the entire North American Continent
Front wheel dipped in the Atlantic, after portaging the bike across 100ft of slippery rocks, 89 days after wetting the back wheel in the Pacific, baptising my very special transcontinental bicycle 🚴🏽
Stunned. That’s the only word for it. No more Canada 🇨🇦 left. I’ve used it all up.


There’s a wedding party just stopped in the bar to dance and drink several rounds with everyone before they get on with the reception. This town is great.

CrossedCanada2017. More blog someday soon
Ben xxx

73 thoughts on “Day 89 – Mission accomplished – The End of the Road!!

  1. Absolutely astonishing achievement!!! Very well done indeed Ben. I have another £20 for you from a friend who donated that instead of buying me a birthday present. Louise x

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  2. We’re in Stroud with Seb and co and have just seen your blog. Amazing, brilliant, incredible, hurray, from everyone here plus loads of love xxxxxxxx

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  3. Got a bit emotional here on your behalf. Incredible incredible achievement!!! Can’t wait to catch up when you get back. You’ve earned a major hangover tomorrow. Can you even still get hangovers?

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      1. Hahaha! Looking forward to those then! I’m remembering a danish bar right now involving a big old sing song. Mr Elston might remember it well too. Enjoy your salty pint!

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  4. Fantastic, world class achievement Ben, totally impressed. Have been quietly & immensely enjoying your blog & all the wonderful support you’ve had!
    Here’s “Cheers” to you!

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  5. WOW!!!!!!!
    Congratulations, Ben, what an amazing achievement! I have so enjoyed following your progress… I shall have withdrawal symptoms without your blog to read every day!
    Looking forward to seeing you back at school in the not so distant future.
    Safe journey home!
    Pxx

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  6. Just incredible, Ben.
    Only started reading your blog about 2 weeks ago and got hooked. Decided to go with the current posts so now have most of the west part to look forward to. I’m sure it won’t be at all confusing.
    Hope you’re weathering the shock ok.
    Huge, huge mazal tov…
    Steph x

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    1. I’m just trying to resist the temptation to do a Nige style shout-out….sorry, can’t…GONLEE! Thanks Steph, I’m a bit lost for words right now. Oy gevalt. If you backtrack through the blog, I have to say I left a bit of my heart in the wide open Prairies. No one told me that they were enchanted. Bxx

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  7. Only started reading your blog a few days ago, have been trying to catch up with you, hoping to before you crossed the finish line in record time!
    It’s been inspirational following your journey & has kept my spirits up as I struggle “up” Constitution Hill of a morning.
    Stonking feet !

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  8. Amazing, Ben! What an incredible achievement! Have a double Jameson for me too! Looking forward to seeing you at the start of term……with the uke?!? Many many congratulations from all the Lodges 🚴🎶xx

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  9. Congratulations Dad, you have at least one very proud son 🙂

    Rather like Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, your blog has been an endlessly fascinating story of travel, landscapes, wildlife, food, signs, music and humanity. I’ll miss it greatly.

    Lots of love,

    Sam X

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  10. I tried to post a new video of our map, showing a snaking orange line all the way from Vancouver Island to Cape Spear but the technology was beyond me, sorry. It looks absolutely unbelievable! Did you really do all that? It’s a shame the boys and I are all in different places tonight, Ben, otherwise we’d be having a knees-up for you! I can’t wait to see you on Monday. Enjoy your last two days on Canadian soil, and I hope there’s at least someone there in that bar who knows that you’ve just cycled nearly 5000 miles across their country!
    Lots of love and hugs
    Susie XXXXXXX

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  11. Congratulations! Very good idea to go to Cape Spear and finish today. Glad there was no rogue wave coming when you dipped your wheel ! Were you able to get a ride back to St. John’s?
    Sounds like you are having a great celebration. Enjoy the next couple of days and make sure you get to the Rooms and Signal Hill. Enjoyed having you with us and glad the “fish and brewis ” breakfast gave you the energy to complete your journey.! We finished loading the car just before the rain started – perfect timing.
    All the Best,
    Stuart &Elsie.

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  12. What a truly phenomenal achievement, Ben – many, many congratulations on completing your epic journey. Despite being at opposite sides of Canada, we are with you in spirit, and Gill and I will drink a major toast to you tonight. Enjoy the warm glow of both your achievement, and the Kilkenny!

    Stewart

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  13. Congratulations doesn’t begin to cover your incredible feat, Ben! Amazing! Can you keep blogging anyway, you write so well. Lots of love and enjoy that pint! Helen x

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      1. Ben’s quest with his bike is Terrific
        Plus Three months of blogs most prolific
        Putting miles and pancakes away
        Oft a hundred a day
        So wheels dipped both Atlantic Pacific.

        (Apologies, the Scanning needs work).
        Xx

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  14. Brilliant Ben. Well done! I’ve loved reading your posts. Massive congratulations on something few fellow cyclists could ever achieve. See you in Birmingham. Cheers, Julian.

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  15. Absolutely incredible Ben! What an accomplishment. I will really miss reading your blogs. Never has a surf and turf been so well- deserved. Cheers!
    Enid

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  16. Just amazing Ben. Of course we all thought you were mad, and what you have done is prove us all right. You really do have to be a bit mad to achieve truly great things. Where shall we put the statue? We’ve just delivered about a ton of clay that never got used on a previous holiday so we’ll get Theo and Nell on to it. So much looking forward to Monday. xxxxx.

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  17. Fantastic Ben! What an achievement! I read your blog the whole way and was with you in spirit. Huge congratulations! Must get to see you again – it’s been so very long…. Big hug!
    Mick

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  18. Amazing, Ben! Huge congratulations!! I’m am in awe of what you have done and your reasons for doing it. What an achievement. I’ve enjoyed every one of your blogs and am looking forward to the next one….the World? Julie x

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  19. All these voices joining up in the ether – it’s extraordinary, like that John Wyndham novel I think it’s The Crysalids, where the action of people telepathising creates a sort of world hum. A great feeling xxx

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  20. Wow!!!You’ve done an absolutely amazing thing Ben and I can imagine that you must be feeling a mixture of euphoria and bewilderment. It’s a good job term starts soon otherwise you might be inspired to start another mad adventure! Have a safe journey back and, yes, I agree with everyone who wants you to keep writing. It’s a pleasure to have your musings accessible. Love, Jessy

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  21. Fantastic Ben! What a life changing experience and amazing achievement. Visited your blog this morning to share in the countdown only to discover you have already dipped the bike wheel ! We will raise a toast from both the Cotswolds and PEI and thank you for making this the summer when Ben the biker came to visit!!! David,Karen and the gang

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  22. Ben!! Permission to be proud of you from the Chisholm clan – including Roly??!!!! Mission IMPOSIBLE (certainly !) but not for you! – accomplished with flying colours and buckets and buckets of admiration and frankly awe from us here!! You are an inspiration – no joke.
    Tons of love to you with copious quantities of CONGRATULATIONS!!!! from Miranda, Chis, Ella and Amber and of course sloppies from the black lab- Roly!
    Xxxxxx

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  23. This Summer my boyfriend and I drove from Banff to St John’s and back, I wonder if we passed you along our way. I applaud you for doing it on your bike, I certainly couldn’t do it, my mother does long distance cycling but I bet she wouldn’t attempt this. Good on you!

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