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Day One starts with a quick quiz

When do you have to pedal furiously while cycling down a steep hill? Give yourself two points if you answered “When cycling into a fierce head wind.”

Day One. I hope / pray / divine that this day will set the tone for the whole ride. If this is even partially so then I will be in for the treat of my life…with whipped cream and cherries on top!

Yes, the day could not have gone much better. The ferry ride to Langdale was gorgeous, with a perfect temperature under clear skies.

The roads on the Sunshine Coast are excellent, with good surfaces and wide shoulders. And the drivers gave us wide berths.OK – at times we climbed steep grades and my heart rate approached 160 beats per minute, my theoretical max. But so what? It was still an awesome start.

We also got a couple of lovely surprises. Around noon we stopped to ogle a perfectly-restored 1930 Ford pickup truck that was for sale. As we set to continue my phone rang — it was Rachael, the SchoolBOX ride coordinator: ‘When did we expect to ride through Sechelt?’ I said I didn’t know whether it was ahead or if we had already ridden through … A little old lady with while hair approached me at this point: ‘I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation – you are in Sechelt!’ Rachael then told me that a local paper wanted to take a few photos for an article about the ride!

Next came a call from Christine, the local reporter. We met and headed down to the waterfront, where she took a series of ‘action shots’ of me riding. And in the ensuing conversation she and Les discovered that they had a mutual friend in a nearby town, who owns a bike shop!

The plan for the evening was to visit friends of Barb and Les, a short drive from our hotel, where we would be treated to dinner and game 3 of the Stanley Cup final. Joyce and Don Quart turned out to be a delightful couple. We enjoyed good wine and cheese (and I got three lamb chops!) and then we all demolished a lasagna and big salad as we watched Vancouver get demolished on the ice. And at one point Joyce squinted intently at my Cycle4SchoolBOX golf shirt: ‘SchoolBOX? I think we have some friends who have volunteered with them: Patrick, the son of Millie and Mike Maloney.’ The likelihood of this coincidence was confirmed by there being an ‘Almonte connection’, which is where SchoolBOX was born! Small world or what?

Back at the Rockwater hotel. Even my cellphone’s increasing problems aren’t dampening my mood. So on this note I sign off for today, the first day!

  1. June 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Sounds like you are off to a great start! We are thinking of you at the clinic and many of our patients are excited about your journey and have so generously contributed to the wonderful cause.

    Wishing you all the best,

    The Bloor-Avenue Chiropractic Team

  2. June 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations on starting this quest. You are walking/riding your talk. Very inspiring. Godspeed.

  3. Jason
    June 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Sounds like a great start, Ilan! May the winds be at your back!

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