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Aug 23


by in Newfoundland

Distance: 130km
Time: 5:01:10

Something caught in my throat as I rolled over the top of the final hill and into view came the massive cliffs of Cape Spear. Beyond stretched nothing but the Atlantic Ocean. It truly felt like I was standing on the edge of the world.

After 6757 kilometers, I came to the easterly most point in Canada and was done. I have now pedaled myself across this beautiful country.

The end of the line.

The end of the line.

Today was the epitome of my ride as it was hilly (Newfoundland has got some hills), it was windy (most of the time in my favour), and it was overcast (a perfect mix of sunny without being too hot). The landscape that surrounded me was different than any other in Canada, exactly as I have found every other province, its own geography. And the people who I encountered all greeted me with the utmost of excitement and kindness.

I made my way to the Mile Zero monument, the location where Terry Fox started it all. To be in that spot gave having a visceral feeling of pride and respect. As Terry Fox said, “i just wish people would realize anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made true when you try.”


Today, I crossed off a thing on my list of dreams. It wouldn’t have been done without all the incredible support I’ve received throughout the journey. I can’t thank everyone enough.

And of course, I can’t thank Laura enough for being the incredible supporter, ass-kicker, and making me believe I was capable of achieving it.

My question, what’s your dream? How can I support you?

Ride on.

18 Responses to “6757”

  1. From Erin:

    Yaaay, you did it! Congrats Scott! πŸ™‚

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 3:31 am #
  2. From Ryan:

    Congratulations buddy!

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 3:37 am #
  3. From Patti:

    Wow, what an amazing journey Scott! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 10:09 am #
  4. From Shane:


    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 10:30 am #
  5. From Trina:

    Way to go, Scott! Now write that book!
    We have loved reading your posts as a family over the summer.
    You’ve inspired us all.
    πŸ™‚ Trina

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 10:35 am #
  6. From Dinah:

    Very inspiring Scott! Congrats!

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 11:48 am #
  7. From Betty Anne Carse:

    Congratulations Scott! I’m sure I’m not alone when I suggest I’m a little sad that your journey has come to an end. Like a good book, that you can’t wait to pick up and hate to put down, this reading of your final blog is incredibly satisfying and, definitely, bittersweet. Thank you for allowing us to travel this incredibly country with you. Come safely home — the world awaits! BA πŸ™‚

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm #
  8. From Stewart:

    Congratulations Scott! I read every one of your blogs. Actually looked forward to it at lunch time. I’ll miss that. Maybe you could just turn around and go back the other way to Vancouver so I’ll have something to read!

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm #
  9. From Jane McWilliams:

    Scott, you are amazing! What a journey you’ve taken us on. I was on my way back from my holiday as you were finishing off your adventure and could not wait to catch up on your blogs. Way to go!! So proud of you and your true Gael fighting spirit!!

    Posted on August 25, 2013 at 12:31 am #
  10. From Mae Chesnick:

    YAHOO! YOU DID IT! Congratulations Scott. Chaz & I have been following your journey through your blogs and have enjoyed reading them. There was no doubt in our minds that you would accomplish your dream, as we know how determined you were to finish the course. We were so happy to have met you and again congratulate you on your achievement. Now to take time for some rest and relaxation….you have earned it!!

    Posted on August 25, 2013 at 3:21 am #
  11. From Colleen Honderich:

    What a cool way to spend the summer, Scott. And now you’ll have all those memories to keep you warm through winter. I’ve really enjoyed following along,but you’re so right: we all have to get out and follow our own dreams too. Will do!

    Posted on August 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm #
  12. From Jeff Ohlhausen:

    Way to go Scott. That’s truly an epic accomplishment. You better have dipped your tire in the Atlantic! πŸ™‚

    I hope it was as amazing for you as it looked. We will have to get out with Jeff for a beer to discuss.

    Grab some screech and take it easy now. You’re done!

    Posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm #
  13. From Rob:

    Hey Scott. This is Rob and Jennifer. We chatted with you at Cape Spear and Jenn took photos of you. Meeting you was definitely a high point of our stay in Newfoundland. We felt very lucky to have met you just as you finished your amazing journey. We just got back from our trip and she’ll be processing the photos she took with her camera and will send them to you soon.

    Posted on August 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm #
  14. From Randy:

    Hey Scott;
    Congrats on your epic journey across this grand country.
    Glad to have you home safe and sound.
    You have inspired me and I expect many others.
    I will forever remember this summer.

    Posted on August 27, 2013 at 1:52 am #
  15. From Bill Bulmer:

    Congratulations Scott! I look forward to hearing some pretty amazing stories in the pool.

    Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:51 am #
  16. From Arden:


    I just reread your posts… yes it’s 3am in the morning and I can’t sleep. You should feel very proud of yourself- your journey was an amazing one and the way you described your journey was inspiring. Driving back from the east coast made me feel last week made it tempting for me to cycle back to the Gaspe next summer- especially to the Piste Verte. Looking forward to chatting with you at hockey next week. and yes, would love you to come in and chat with my Geo class next semester if you can.

    Posted on August 31, 2013 at 7:33 am #
  17. From Josh Gimbel:

    Congratulations Mr. Kemp, great story. Just saw the article in the paper. This is very impressive, great work! Wish I had knew about this during the summer. Good luck with hockey this year Go Gales! and Rangers!

    Posted on October 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm #
  18. From Trevor Salmon:

    Hey Mr. Kemp, I was out of the country this past term on an internship and am just catching up with this story now. Congratulations, what an achievement! I’d love to do something like this sometime in my life. Best of luck with the Gaels hockey teams and cross-country teams in the future!

    Posted on December 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm #
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