2017 National Rider Blogs

Follow our National Riders and Volunteers as they embark on this incredible 18 day journey across Canada on behalf of childhood cancer. Follow their stories and see how it impacts their lives:


 

Day 12 Barrie to Toronto Sick Kids

  Big day all round today…first the cycling from Barrie to Sureway is a tough ride…lots of rollers and step climbs… Second…I had the honour to read the dedication for Taissa…who’s mother I met at Tour For Kids a couple weeks prior to leaving for the National Ride… Also in...
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DAY 13 ~ NEWCASTLE TO BELLEVILLE

Here it is ~ the day I get to visit my family and friends as we ride home, even if just for an hour. We started with a lovely dedication to a local young lady named Katie Wilson. Her family had been an ambassador for awareness and support to many...
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DAY 12 – BARRIE TO SICK KIDS

So today was a pretty awesome time. Today I got to ride with Damon fron Barrie to Sick Kids.   Today we started in Barrie and shared a dedication to a dear friend Ulana’s daughter Taissa. We had so much to do today and so little time, seemed we were always...
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Day 11 Echo Bay to Spanish

  Everyone was ready to hit the road after yesterday’s ride was cut short bc of road conditions…but first we had breakfast at a little road side diner…which was so good! The team gathered around in circle for our dedication to Grant…at the age of fifteenth he was diagnosed with...
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Day 14 Quebec

Maskinonge to Quebec City today.  A picturesque route along the St. Laurence.  The French connection joined us today for a 160k ride along the St. Lawrence, ending at Louise Garneau head office.  Today is a picture day, they say they are worth a thousand words. Today Kelly passed on the...
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Day 12: Family day

Today was like a big family reunion that just kept getting bigger and bigger. Starting out in St Catharines, we had the fun Van Dyk crew who have been large fundraisers for a number of years. We cycled to Burlington where I was excited to see some of my family....
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Day 13 & 14: our “beads”

Day 13 (Kingston to Ottawa) & Day 14 (Ottawa to Montreal) Lets start with today. Today was the hardest day of group riding we’ve had yet, not because of the route or distance but because of the condition of the roads all the way along. Cracks, bumps, sinkholes around the...
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Day 12 + 13-

Hey guys and gals!  Sorry for the delay on getting to you. Yesterday was a big and busy day. It always is. Our Toronto day. My “family day”   We woke up in Barrie and it was warm again. I’m not use to this heat on this ride! I mean...
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Family!

Sept. 17 & 18, 2017 Today’s Journal Entry: Sept. 17, 2002 – Tummy sore again this morning. We took Emily to school and Carly stayed at home for the morning. She wanted to go to school in the afternoon, although she was a little anxious she might not feel well....
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Day 13 – Close to home

Kingston Ontario.  75 kilometers from my home, and yet, almost a week away. Today I woke up the parking lot of the Sears store at the Cataraqui Centre in Kingston, and it hurts to be this close, but not go home.  I guess that’s what I signed up for, a...
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Day 12- Sick Kids

Day 12- Barrie to Toronto (yesterday) Woweee! Best & hardest day yet! The definition of a hill is “a naturally raised area of land, not as high as a mountain”. Well we hit the motherload today! I was warned there would be some really good ones….but holy crap- It caught...
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Day 12 13 Love Love Love

Can you feel it!  We sure did.  Day 12.  Kelly and I took a bit of a detour.  Cindy, Kelly’s sister was kind enough to pick us up late in Barrie and drive us to Oakville for a good night sleep.  There we would ride out to meet Team 2...
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Day 12, only 6 left

Toronto is always a big day.  There are ride along riders and press and pomp and parade.  We have a police escort along Lakeshore Blvd., the whole 9 yards. But, what is it all about? Why do we do this? Is it about Tassia?  Tassia’s mom is now a great...
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Day 11- day by day…

Day 11 – Echo Bay, ON to Spanish, ON “And we’ll go up, up, upBut I’ll fly a little higher Go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer Up here my dear It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now” This morning we woke...
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