This morning was different from other mornings when I have gotten on the road. For the first time I had company with me. Jillian of Transplant Plant Manitoba, and Joe, a organ recipient were kind enough to ride with me for a bit before I left Winnipeg today .
Jillian was super nice, and Joe was quite the conversationalist. He was really outgoing, and was always excited to talk to people about organ donation. We took a ride out to the road in Winnipeg together, said our goodbyes and I started my trip from Winnipeg to Kenora, Ontario. I officially made it back to my home province of Ontario. I’ve switched from the flat Prairies to rocks, trees and water of Ontario. The change has been nice. I can’t believe I already put four provinces behind me and more than 3,000 kilometers. The ride was pretty easy yesterday with beautiful weather, and the wind at my back. I have included a few pictures from my travels below.
I had a room offered to me at the Comfort Inn in Kenora. I would like to send a shout out to Outlive Yourself team member Dave Allingham and his contacts at the Comfort Inn/Choice Hotels for helping to provide me with a place to stay at several points over my trip. I came into this trip preparing to camp quite a bit, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have been offered beds due to the kindness of strangers, or through friends of friends. After tonight I will be camping roadside for the evening en route to Thunder Bay.
Helene’s teams filled us in on the Give2Live campaign, and I think it is phenomenal. It supports families who need to relocate to within 2 hours of a transplant zone when they have a family member listed for an organ transplant. A few people have reached out to me about providing financial support. If you would like to support me, please consider a donation to help Give2Live reach their goal of supporting 30 families during a very difficult time.
My team is also putting together an event for when I get to Toronto, where we hope to raise awareness and donations for Give2Live. They are still ironing out the details, but the event will be held on July 6. Stay tuned for more information, I would love to meet the people who have been following along on my trip and are helping me make an impact.
Last night I finally got to see my first hockey game in a while, which also happened the be the last one of the season. I am a Leafs fans, so I was rooting for the Hawks, since cheering for the Bruins would be sacrilegious. I guess Toronto’s melt down against Boston will no longer be remembered as the biggest meltdown of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs after the Bruins game six performance. I am going to be having a quick chat with the Kenora Daily Miner before starting my two day journey to Thunder Bay.
Kilometres Biked: 3028
Provinces Biked: 4