Today we began our ride at Lake Louise, for a spectacular day of riding down towards Calgary. If I had to define today, it was a day for my wheel family, both old and new, people who are so incredibly important to us. The day began early with breakfast in the dark (and cold) and then with the opportunity to take some pictures at Lake Louise (an incredible location)
After picutre time, we heard fellow rider Lynn’s heartfelt dedication for her daughter Briony, including a page from Briony’s diary that really brings home both the pain, love and conflict that these kids feel. It was not a time to hold back the tears, and I would encourage you to listen here on this Facebook Live video. From there we moved on down the road in a tight group, going from Lake Louise to Banff, where we met the mayor, and said goodbye for the day to our Team 2 mates (who were doing a different route),
And then on to Canmore, to meet more friends and where we met Jack (a cancer survior) and his mom, and had lunch provided by a past NKCR rider (it was awesome).
After Canmore, we rode to Seebe, and shuttled to Canmore where we met up with my wheel-daughter Taylor, and then rode to ouir final stop in Calgary, with fellow NKCR 2017 rider Chuck joining us along the way. This was a stop that was all about family – Lynn’s family and co-workers, and our wheel family from both former NKCR and Tour For Kids events. It was a time of smiles and hugs, and some extra special gifts from both Foster and Jocelyn (Rider Omar’s daugher), both of whom have battled cancer in their young lives. It was good to see Taylor, Dean, Linnea, Chuck, Foster, and many others who came to celebrate with us. I will carry their wishes, thoughts and hugs with me across the country. Words doen’t begin to describe how much I love them and the rest of my wheel family. A big thank you to Chuck, who sponsored our meal, and the Wheatleys, who arranged the venue.
And so we will continue across the country, starting tomorrow with Lethrbridge to Medicine Hat Alberta. We need your help, please donate at richmeesters.nationalkidscancerride.com