Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Route

By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

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When we started planning for our Cross Canada Ride for Mental Health called Enough is Enough, we thought we'd travel from East to West ie Cape Spear Newfoundland to Whistler, BC. Our executive assistant, trusty Carol Becker, bought the road maps, connected with BCAA and the cycling directories, and laid out a cool route complete with elevations. It only made sense to start East and head to the barn, right?

We felt comfortable until we disclosed our plans to one of the Norco executives who had crossed Canada three times who explained that because of the prevailing winds from west to east, that we were out of our minds. Norco's Skip Swan and Peter Stace Smith had been generous enough to sponsor Ginny and I with two brand new carbon bikes and all the accessories, so we thought it best to listen up. Carol obligingly made the switch and so here we are. You can see the route and all details of the ride on www.thekeltyfoundation.org.

After much tweaking (Do we travel the Yellowhead or the Trans Canada in the West? How so we cycle the Monster, northern Ontario? Do we go through scenic Gaspe, or take a business like approach hitting bigger towns in the Maritimes?)

We wanted to be as business like as we could,n appearing in front of media and live audiences as much as possible, but we also wanted some Zen moments through the towering Rockies and the golden wheat fields of our prairies. Ginny and I have never been to Quebec City, I have never been to Ottawa, and neither of us have been through New Brunswick, PEI or Newfoundland, so the trip will marry toiling for a great cause, reducing the stigma and educating society on mental illness, with a big dose of Canadiana, cycling through what is without a doubt the best country on earth.

Once we get on the road, May 12, you can follow my daily blog on www.thekeltyfoundation.org.

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