National Kids Cancer Ride

NKCR DAY 16 and 17

Day 16 – Fredericton to St. John

Today’s ride was dedicated to Oliver. A cancer survivor! Please take time to read his story. Every day is an inspirational story. Some inspire us through feelings of anger and sadness – this shouldn’t happen to a kid! We need to keep funding research so this stops happening. We need to make a difference any way we can.

Other stories like Oliver’s make for happy feelings. This is what research dollars have helped with. 20 or 30 years ago maybe the outcome is different

The day started out cold again so we layered up for the ride. It doesn’t take long to overheat once you start climbing hills. We shredded our layers along the way to eventually end up in just our kits with a beautiful sunny day upon us. We had to make the ferry today from St. John to Digby Nova Scotia so our ride was cut short as missing the Ferry is not an option. Our route took us on some very nice roads and some rough ones. Construction detours added to our delays getting to our rest stops along the way. We shuttled from Welland to the Ferry in St. John. Our Ferry ride was highlighted by a visit to the bridge

We shuttled from St. John to Fiona’s home town of Lunenberg .  Fiona was very excited about having the tour visit her town for the first time. Shes such an amazing bundle of energy and an inspiration to me.

We had a great dinner and live music at the Lunenberg community centre. It was Frank’s Birthday today which meant birthday cake and sparklers. Fionas son Courtney took us on a tour of Lunenberg including a look at the Bluenose 2 Docked in the harbour.  We also saw the memorial of the all the boats and sailors from Lunenberg that have been lost at sea. The number is mind boggling.

 

DAY 17. – Lunenberg to Lower Sackville

Breakfast at the community centre again was great. Today’s dedication was to Simon (Fiona’s Son). Today we ride for Simon. As Fiona expressed in her dedication – she will keep trying to make a difference until no parent has to hear the words your child has cancer. What a difference maker she is!

Our ride from Lunenberg to Lower Sackville was very picturesque. Awesome route along the shoreline and some great climbs as we got closer to Lower Sackville

Tomorrow is our last day. It’s amazing how fast the time has passed. So great to have sunny weather the last few days.  No shuttle as we ride tomorrow from here. Time to clean out the RV,s and start sorting our belongings. Oh and of course eat and eat and eat. Thanks goodness for calories burned on the bikes!