It has been a busy year – Patrick and I got married, had a couple of wedding parties, honeymooned in the South Pacific, and of course through it all we have been preparing for Hillary’s Ride.
Although we have been planning this for well over a year and a half, it has only just started feeling “real”. Sometimes it hits me – I’m cycling across Canada! – and I am overcome with a flood of feelings. Fear for one, as I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into. Adrenaline for another, as the concerts are planned, the charities contacted, and the fundraising tickets sold. But more than anything else, I feel honoured – to be part of the tribute to Hillary’s life, to dedicate two and a half months to a cause I feel passionate about, and to see first-hand the strength and dedication that a family can nurture despite a devastating loss.
We will be charting our journey on this blog over the coming months, and I hope you will follow along. Let the adventure begin!
The riders gather their thoughts at Hillary’s tree. Bill Werthmann, Sue Sohnle and Terry Fannon.
When Bill told me about his plan to ride a bike across Canada, I thought, “I’ve always wanted to ride across Canada and what better time to do this, with Bill!” As I have learned why Bill wants to complete this ride, as a tribute to his daughter, Hillary, I have become quite happy to support Bill’s tribute to Hillary.
Immediately after I said “Yes, I want to join you” I wondered if I could actually pedal across the country. After a year of training, I have become convinced that we can do this. And while demonstrating a tribute and love for Hillary, we can raise funds to support agencies that help Canadians who are struggling with depression. I hope you will join us to celebrate Hillary’s life and support what this ride stands for.