Today was a record day in biking distance covered - 214km. One thing is for sure - sunlight gives you power and motivation to keep crushing. If you're given a sunny day - take advantage. I left Melville around 700 and arrived at my campsite around 2000. The roads were very empty today and I felt like I was exploring uncharted territory. The people I met and talked to today were kind and friendly!
Half way through the day I got a flat tire in my new new tires. It's all a consequence of riding with 25's - I would have gotten thicker ones but they wouldn't fit into my frame. A friendly old couple stopped as I was changing my tire and asked if I was all OK. Very kind of them. I was getting very fast at changing tires - most importantly I wasn't as upset anymore. Just drop the panniers, take out the tool kit...formula one pit stop. After fixing my bike, I noticed a strange ticking noise that would only sound when I was on the bike and only every few wheel revolutions. Eventually, I realized that was the spokes. While biking, you're always listening to what noises your bike is making. If something is wrong, you hear it right away. Usually it is one of the break pads touching the wheel, but this time it was a sound I did not know how to deal with. I needed to get to the next big town (Dauphin) and I needed my bike to get me there (spoiler alert: it got me there).