Before embarking on the journey across Canada, the amazing group of people taking part in the National Kids Cancer Ride gathered together on the shore in White Rock. Please watch this touching video captured on their day 1 journey and read Rich’s blog post below!
After Patrick’s dedication, it was time for a toast, and then we put one stone back in the Pacific ocean, with two to carry across the country (one to keep and one to place in the Atlantic), and then dipped our wheels in the Pacific, to be repeated when we arrive in Halifax.
After that we were on our way – first stop in Abbotsford. I had a flat tire (again) along the way and spent part of the first leg in the follow vehicle as the road was to busy to try to get ahead of the riders. At Abbotsford, our first break stop, it was more tears as “BC Bob” – Bob Aruja talked, and we were introduced to another family who had lost a child to cancer.
Then we were on and with another stop for lunch, we arrived in Hope late afternoon – after a photo op at the big sign into Hope, and another flat :(, we arrived, had showers, dinner, and began our shuttle to Kamloops for the next leg of our journey. Our team – Team Bacon, and my bunk mates, are coming together nicely, and it’s going to be a great trip, if a bit cramped in the RV for shuttles.
It’s hard to express the emotions involved, but I can say that it was an intense day, and one that brought our “wheel family” closer together. There was a lot of laughter as well, but ultimately today was about #whyweride, and why no child should ever have to suffer through this again. For that, I need your help. Please, PLEASE, open your wallets and donate what you can at snkcr.com/richmeesters to help us get kids beyond childhood cancer. The pain is real, and we can beat this.
Rich Meesters, National Rider
You can follow along with the entire journey on the National Kids Cancer Ride page.
Saturday September 9, 2017
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Coach Neal’s Choice
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