After spending nearly 9 hours and approximately 170 KM on the bike yesterday I arrived safely in Canmore, Alberta and spent the night. It was a difficult day of biking that saw me climb to an elevation of nearly 1800 meters at Lake Louise, the highest point that I will reach on this journey.
While I had the energy to bike the 10 KM detour it took to reach Lake Louise – a glimpse of heaven on earth— regrettably, I was too exhausted by the time I passed through Banff to get off the highway or my bike. At that point, I was single-minded in my focus of getting to Canmore as quickly as possible for a warm meal, a cold beer and some company.
It is hard to believe I have been on this journey for 10 days already. It is also hard to believe that it has only been 10 days. Both my body and my spirits are a little fatigued after a tough couple of days riding, and I am looking forward to a bit of a break over the next two days. I plan to bike about 100 KM onto Calgary today, spend tomorrow resting and touring the city, and then continue on towards Medicine Hat on Saturday.
I am proud of all that I have been able to accomplish up to this point: biking over 1000 KM across BC and into Alberta, conquering the Rockies, speaking with various media outlets about the importance of organ donation and meeting old and new friends along the way. I am also eternally grateful for the love, support, kindness and generosity that has been shown to me to this point.
However, even with all that I have accomplished so far I know that many more KMs, obstacles and challenges lay in front of me. There is a long road ahead– public interest may wane, my resolve my waver, and the aches and pains will surely continue to amount. Through it all, I hope we continue to draw inspiration and purpose in knowing the positive impact we are having on lives others, and I hope you, like myself, remain as dedicated as ever to this important cause.
Total Kilometers Biked: 1125 KM