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4 July 2009 2 Comments

img_1189.jpg July 4th, 2009

Run Day 4

Port Hawkesbury to Pictou, Nova Scotia

Camera Crew: Amanjit, Jagdeep, Jasjit

 

After a bit of a challenging day in Nova Scotia on July 3rd, we were definitely ready to have a full run-day of smooth sailing and lots of running for both teams, and thankfully enough we got almost all of our wish… with the exception of a rainy day that was still nice to cool off in!

 

The day and run started with the Yellow team doing ardaas and heading off from our hotel in Port Hawkesbury on a foggy and rainy day. It was somewhat of a challenging route as we were on and off from the major highway, 104, which we decided to omit from running, because we did not have the full authority/permission from the Transportation authorities in Nova Scotia to do and because of the heavy and high-speed traffic that cause safety isues for the runners. In all, we had about 149kms of distance to cover, with the highway but all of our spirits were high and we were determined to complete the route, regardless of weather, and that we did!

 

In typical Canadian style, the weather changed from foggy to rainy to somewhat clear to rain again to thunderstorms & lightning, to sunny and again to rain! Both teams however were extremely eager, and not about to give in to the heavy clouds. Where needed, we stopped to let the rain clear (especially when thunder and lightning came into the mix!) and kept the run going.

 

We also passed through some charming towns, including Antigonish and New Glassgow and received a lot of honks and waives from the locals – it is after all, hard to miss us!

 

We finished the day in Abercombie, outside New Glassgow, and because we had to make sure we arrived in Halifax around 8’o clock, the teams met up at Abercombie and started the 2-hour drive down to Halifax.

 

Upon arriving in Halifax, we were received with a lot of love and warmth by the Maritime Sikh Society and the sangat, who had arrived earlier and prepared us langar. A special diwan was arranged, just for our arrival, and arrangements were also made with the local families to take groups of 3-4 runners/volunteers to their homes. We all experienced and received a lot of generous hospitality, as the families were truly excited and glad to have us stay with them, and we were all showered with a lot of generous hospitality and love that was truly beyond any of our expectations, and we were left without words to be able to thank them! Maritimes have truly won over our hearts already, and we feel very fortunate to have made such wonderful connections with our own community as well as our fellow Canadians!

 

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2 Comments »

  • Paul W said:

    Keep up the grand work! Don’t let the Maritime weather slow you down.

  • iwig said:

    Thanks Paul! We’re loving the weather for running because it keeps the team cool… and we love the maritime hospitality! :)

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