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Hi friends, family and strangers,

Thank you for continuing to check this site, and our apologies for any confusion as to why there are no new posts.

 We have actually migrated all our content over to http://www.outliveyourself.ca and continue to post daily about Cayse’s journey under the ‘Our Journey’ section.  

Thank you for continuing to follow along and spread the message about the important cause of organ and tissue donation. 

Cheers, 

The Outlive Yourself Team 

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Long Hard Ride

I left Blind River yesterday after a comfy sleep in my tent thanks to the leaf mattress courtesy of mother nature.  My plan was to originally to make it as close as possible to North Bay for the evening, but the plans changed slightly after I got in touch with my step mom Suzanne Kelly. She let me know that she had spoken to some people she knew in the North Bay area and had spoken to the Holiday Inn Express and they had offered to put me up for the night. As comfy as my leaf bed was it doesn’t quite beat out having a hot shower and plumbing. So I made up my mind that I would make it to North Bay and a soft bed. The only thing that stood between me and my goal was 300 kilometres and humid weather.

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My ride was full of surprises along the way. One was running into the riders from the Kelty Foundation just outside of Espanola. The group had started their ride across Canada May 4th from Whistler, B.C., to raise awareness and money for mental health and have raised a significant amount of money. The riders are the parents and cousins of a young man named Kelty Patrick Dennehy who took his own life after struggling with mental illness. They were very supportive of my journey and  the Outlive Yourself story and will be donating to the http://www.give2live.ca campaign to help out families of organ transplant patients. It was great to meet some fellow riders across Canada and share our motivations for our ride.

I also ran into a group of six motorcyclists at the convenience store along the way. I got to talking to them about organ donation and my bike ride across Canada and they were receptive to my story. It turned out that one of the bikers had a son had been a recipient of an organ. The biker  gave $20 toward the Give2Live Campaign, It was generosity when least expected, I just regret that I didn’t have a chance to snap a photo.

My next surprise along the way was my team reaching out to me about a chance to talk to the Sudbury Star. They had reached out to us through our twitter handle (@OutliveCanada) and wanted to take a picture with me and write a story.  Any chance to talk with media gives me a further platform to spread the word on Organ Donation. It did not hurt either that I was already planning on stopping in Sudbury to grab some lunch, and it gave me a chance to visit the Big Nickel in Sudbury as well.

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After completing the interview I made phenomenal time on my bike. I covered the 140 kilometers from the Big Nickel to the North Bay in five hours. Knowing that a room was waiting for me at the Holiday Inn in North Bay was definitely some extra motivation to complete the last few grueling kilometers. I got into North Bay at around 10:00 PM and was more or less ready to collapse from exhaustion. It was the first time on my trip that I had to use the light on my bike.  I usually do a nightly update call with my team who help me coordinate all of the behind the scenes for me. Tonight I kept it short and sweet and told them we would touch base in the morning to go over any details that needed to be sorted out.   I ordered a large pizza, took a hot shower, and went right to bed.  Between the 300 kilometers and humidity the ride was the toughest yet. The next stop will be in Gravenhurst before I make it to Toronto. I am really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

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Total KM Biked :4550KM

Easy Riding

I started my ride late yesterday so I wasn’t able to cover a ton of distance. It was 2 pm by the time I woke up and had my bike repaired and road ready again. The last two days of riding have been pretty easy.

The riding since I have gotten to Ontario has been pretty easy for the most part. The terrain and weather have not been as challenging here as they were in other provinces. I did have a few days of intense humidity, but over all I have seen minimal rain and head winds. When you are biking up to 300 kilometres a day, the little things end up making a really big difference.

I camped out just outside of Blind River last night putting around another 150 kilometres behind me and putting me within striking distance of North Bay. I hope to have a big day on the bike tomorrow and out around 300 kn behind me.

When I went to set up my tent last night I headed down a trail a bit off of the road and off the trail  To my surprise I came upon a massive pile of leaves. I am not sure where it came from, but it guaranteed me  the most comfortable sleep in a tent ever. Sometimes its the little things that make a big difference. The terrain was otherwise pretty rocky around the area where I was camping so I really lucked out on the leaves.

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Who needs a mattress?

 

My team said they weren’t able to drum up any media opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie so I am hoping that we may be more successful in Sudbury and North Bay.  Because I am on a bike and a lot of things can happen in a given day it is hard for me to project where I will end up on any given night, let alone more than a few days in advance. My teams have been great about generating opportunities for me to speak to the press despite the short lead times I sometimes provide them.

I hope to be in the Barrie area by Thursday, and Toronto by Friday night where I am planning on at least staying through the weekend.  Ottawa will at the very least take me three leisurely days of riding after that although my teams are hoping that I can stretch out my trip between Toronto and Ottawa a bit to capitalize on any media opportunities along the way.

Over all Ontario has been less hills, more people, more civilization, more farms, and the same amount of mosquitoes, if not more. I hate mosquitos, and they are really started to drive me nuts. They seem to be immune to my insect repellant.  Hopefully the bigger cities I will be in for the next few days will provide me with a break

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Total KM Biked: 4,384 KM

Cheers

Cayse

Lost and Found Part II

The Journey from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie was not a bad ride despite the lack of cell phone reception. I decided to bike Highway 17 along the route and had beautiful and varied scenery, as varied as the rocks, water and trees of Northern Ontario could get.

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3 straight days of roadside camping #livingthegoodlife

At one point while I was riding a truck passed by me before pulling over and two people stepped out of their vehicle. Much to my surprise the two people stepping out of the truck were my friends Brendan and Carly.

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My friends Brendan and Carly met up with me on Highway 17. What a great surprise.

They were on their way back to the East coast from teaching in Alberta and had decided to take Highway 17 on their route home. Partially they took the ride for the beautiful scenery, and the small chance they would run into me.  It was one of those occurrences that you are never quite sure will happen when you discuss them.  It was definitely one of the more uplifting occurrences on a journey across Canada that has been filled with a lot of positivity.  I had planned to try and meet with Brenda and Carly on the East Coast, so it looks like I may be seeing them twice on my cross country ride.

My total ride over the last couple days covered just over 700 kilometres in mostly positive conditions.  There was some rain, hills and a little bit of a head wind, but the elements were much milder than the worst that I faced on the trip. There were a ton of bugs during my camping, and the mosquitoes were absolutely crazy. Despite being out of cell phone range for a few days I wasn’t too worried about my ride. The highways have enough traffic that I knew that I would be able to ask for help if I needed it.  I had to purify my own water along the way since there wasn’t enough many rest stops available along the way.

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One of the biggest challenges for me was making sure my bike made it to the Soo in one piece. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it to the next shop that could service my bike.  There aren’t many bike shops in that area of Northern Ontario. I rode a couple hundred kilometres on three broken spokes. The issue with the broken spokes was that each spoke that breaks puts more pressure on the remaining spokes. This makes them more susceptible to breaking. It also made the ride a bit wobbly as well.

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I got my bike a little TLC in the Soo.

My bike is a beast but definitely needed a little TLC today which is why I took it by a local bike shop in Sault Ste. Marie. Getting my spokes repaired, grabbing some extra tubes for my tires, and should be good to go for another couple thousand kilometres.

When my I emerged from the woods I called my teams to find out if there was still a spot available for me to sleep in Sault Ste. Marie.

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A big thanks to my gracious host Jack and Merle

Jeff Donald, a transplant recipient (liver, 2006) reached out to my teams about providing me a place to stay with his parents, Jack and Merle in Sualt Ste. Marie.  My teams reached out to Jack shortly after being in touch with me and he was still happy to host despite the short notice.

Jack and Merle were super nice people, and very gracious hosts. They had people over to their place for Canada Day including three families whose children had received organ donations.  They allowed me to talk to everyone about my ride, and the importance of organ donation, and the people in attendance had told me that they would sign up. The rest of the day was spent eating, and enjoying the Jack and Merle’s hospitality and their Canada Day Celebrations.

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Total KM Biked: 4,236 KM

 

Cheers Cayse

Lost and Found

 

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Me in Thunder Bay visiting the Terry Fox Statue

It only took me three days, but I made it through the cellular signal dead zone that is known as Northern Ontario. The last update on my blog had me leaving Thunder Bay a couple of days ago. I advised my teams I was heading to Terrace Bay, followed by Wawa, Ontario over the following two days. I had told my team that cell signals were sketchy at best in the area, and that would seem to have been a bit of an understatement (… at least for Telus’s network)

There was about a three day period where I was unable to get a cell signal, which made the Outlive Yourself team nervous. I usually touch base with them a few times a day to update them on my ride, to see if there are any media opportunities available, confirm my route, and see if they were able to assist me in finding a place to stay.  I had tried to stop at a few restaurants along the way to use their wifi but luck didn’t seem to be on my side with the internet not working for one reason or another anywhere I stopped.

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Unfortunately the gorgeous view, and wide open skies did not help me with cell phone reception. But I still enjoyed the view

After not hearing from me for about 55 hours my teams called the OPP and Thunder Bay police to let them know that I may have been potentially missing somewhere in Northern Ontario.  The last time they had any communication with me was Friday morning, from there it was radio silence until I was about 60 kilometres outside of Sault Ste. Marie on mid-day Monday.  That covered about four days, and 700 kilometres of riding.

When I was finally able to get cell signal the first thing I did was touch base with my team to let them know that I was alright, and had continued to make progress and put kilometres behind me. They were happy to hear from me, as they had started discussing having someone come up to Northern Ontario to start searching for me if they hadn’t heard from me by Monday night. They did let me know that they potentially had a place for me to stay in Sault Ste. Marie but would have touch base with the family who had offered to host me to ensure that I still had a place to stay for the evening.  My next step was to return the voicemail that the OPP had left for me on my cell.

Obviously with 3 days out of contact there is a lot to share with all of the people who are following my blog. Stay tuned later today, for more details about my last couple days of riding.

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Being out of the cell phone reception was more stressful for the Outlive Yourself team than it was for me. I even managed to stop by the beach for a little bit

 

Cheers

Cayse