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Andrea & KTQ’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 22 Jul 2007

Location: Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada

MapAhhh!!!!! **deep breath - sigh**

Finally, the time to sit back and rest my tired little legs. Right now, I'm using the tourist office in a small sleepy fishing village along the south shore of Nova Scotia. About halfway between Halifax and the southernmost tip. Suprisingly enough, this is our first official day off in the three weeks and arrives just in time for the local Founders Day celebration here in Shelburne. WOOOWEEE! Maybe I'll find some time to go join in the festivities at the Loyalist Reenactment Camp - I would really love to get my hands on one of those costumes!!

In all honesty though, I am a bit too exhausted to get up to much more than laundry, finding some way of drying off my wet gear and resting up for a 70 km ride tomorrow to get up to much.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for pleasant weather. Who would have thought that the Maritimes would be so wet! (Ah-ha-ha-hem!)
Since arriving in Halifax three weeks ago I'm approximating that we've experienced just as much sunshine as rain so far. The weather in Nova Scotia is quite unpredictable and the fishermen seem to agree that their most optimal summer weather arrives mid to late September rather than July and August like in Ontario. This was a surprise to me as I would have never imagined starting out this trip huddled under a tarp in the middle of a hail storm in early July.

Anyway, enough about the weather. When did I become so mundane! I'm going to blame it on the sleep deprivation. Exhaustion can certainly manifest itself in the strangest of ways. For instance, only hours after performing our play which encourages people to critically analyze their daily consumption choices (wrt water, clothing, food etc.) I absentmindedly purchased a scoop of ice cream from an unknown dairy producer in a styrofoam cup with a plastic spoon!!! So much for this environmental crusade man!!! I could not even venture to guess where my head is at right now. And along those lines, it is with this mindset that I am trying to compose this entry!

Needless to say this tour is much more demanding than I imagined. Because we are building our own intentional community that operates on consensus decision making, living by our own set community standards and making time for presentations, workshops and long, heavy loaded bike rides can be quite a lot of work (and very time consuming!) Because of the effort we have invested in practicing what we preach grocery shopping, washing and other seemingly simple tasks have become incredibly overwhelming and conflict laden. Nevertheless, it is a highly valued challenge in my mind and it's incredibly gratifying to wake up every morning knowing that almost every action that you make will have some sort of positive impact on the world. Right now, I am finding hope and empowerment in the small, simple changes and hopefully this will encourage me to be more mindful of my impact and footprint on the world.

As for our presentations and workshops, we have been extremely warmly welcomed in the communities we have visited. We have made concerted efforts to adapt our message to cater to the specific audiences we encounter so we don't sound too preachy. We have an exciting workshop we are hosting alongside the sierra club of canada and some other organizations that we will be facilitating in august. it's called ecotopia and it's going to focus on issues surrounding water (privitization, depletion of resources, local and global action ect.)

Anyway, I am hogging this computer and I'm about to get bumped off. In a nutshell. Living simply. Gratifying but hard work. Nova Scotia's south shore is beautiful and rainy. my positive energy is entirely outshined by this dynamic and intelligent group i have found myself in. And I can't wait to take the ferry Digby to Saint John in a couple of weeks. I don't have pictures to post yet (no extensive computer use as of yet) and I will post a link to our groups online journal.

http://www.otesha.ca/bike+tours/tours+2007/east...

lots of love.
miss you all and hope you are enjoying your summertime relaxing and adventures.

peace and love.
ktq