It will be a long ride.
On the steps of his law school in Halifax (Nick Pearce photo, courtesy of Dalhousie University)
The Codger has done it. His crazy journey ended on August 7.
This is the blog of Rod Germaine’s bicycle ride across the continent in 2011. Accompanied by his good friend, Soe Naing, Rodger the Codger left North Vancouver on June 2nd. He did not stop until he got to Halifax where he attended his class reunion. It was the 40th anniversary reunion of the Dalhousie Law School class of ‘71.
Among other things, the ride was a fundraiser for the Just Aid Foundation: www.justaid.ca. The total raised was close to $35,000. Germaine is genuinely grateful to all who donated so generously.
It is worth mentioning that none of the donated funds were used to pay expenses. Germaine paid for the ride with his own money. And the long succession of cheap motels and mostly mediocre meals cost some real money. He did not keep track but a member of his family did; the cumulative total was well over $8,000. Soe Naing was more frugal but he also spent a few thousand dollars of his own money by the time they got to Toronto. Covering the costs out of their pockets was consistent with the policy and practice of the Just Aid Foundation. It is maintained by volunteers; expenses are limited to accounting fees, a modest honourarium for the bookkeeper and the charges imposed by online service providers and credit card companies. Subject to these unavoidable costs, all funds raised by the Foundation are used to support the Mae Tao Clinic (www.maetaoclinic.com) and the Back Pack Health Worker Team (www.backpackteam.org).
Germaine extends his thanks for all the support he received from friends and family, from new friends he made along the way, and from Burma activists in many towns he visited. Four individuals deserve very special thanks:
|-||Soe Naing, without whose company and assistance he may not have made it to Toronto;|
|-||Bob Blair who cheered the team, carried the gear and guided the ride through Southern Alberta;|
|-||Murray Clemens, whose company and assistance through the Province of Quebec must have cost him a small fortune but was immensely appreciated because it was especially timely and great fun; and|
|-||last but most certainly not least, his angel Adeline, who transported his gear up the first big hills on the Hope Princeton so he could cycle on a light bike, and who worried constantly but patiently tolerated and even supported a project she considered completely crazy.|
The daily blogs follow in reverse chronological order. The blog on the top was posted only recently and it is the last. Earlier blogs are accessible by clicking on “Older Posts” at the bottom of this page. You can contact Germaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Day twenty-seven - Winnipeg
The Sunset, where we stayed last night and the best little motel west of Winnipeg. The proprietors are a couple from Seoul. He said he likes the peace and quiet. In this regard, geography is probably not adequate to measure the distance from Seoul to Portage la Prairie.
Main Street! Although the Trans Canada becomes Portage Avenue, the real Portage and Main is about 35 kms east of this intersection. Besides, it appears the comedians who put up this sign referred to the TCH as "Main Street".
A tediously straight road across dead flat terrain. A mild southeasterly to slow us down, make us work for it. Otherwise the ride today was ok. The sun shone. By noon we were in the Peg, the hometown of H. Allan, Gilbert, Fab George and Izzy, to name but a few of the many from these parts.
Soe Naing was on his way to the airport within 30 minutes, going home to spend a few days with his Than Than and Juno. The bikes are tucked away in the Corydon Cycle & Repair shop for a tune-up. My refuge in Winnipeg is the huge River Heights home of our dear friends: My, Mohammad, Sahand & Hanaa. My Adeline and Teresa arrive tomorrow.
The Just Ride 2011 is on pause until Sunday, the 3d.
Today: 87 kms. To date: 2,410 kms. Total "earned" per km pledges: $2,608.83.