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No Feeding the Wild Life!

Richard MooseI anticipate in this cycle across Canada we will come across some wild life along the way… Bears, elk, deer, big horn sheep and maybe a moose! I told Richard, “No feeding the wild life!” he did not listen. We encountered this critter on our 140 km training ride yesterday.

One of the most common questions I get is, “How is your training going?” Our team of 4 have all logged more than 2000 km this spring. So our team total is about 9000 km!! It seems we are all on track to hit our goal of 3000 km in training before we leave. Only 3 weeks to go before our launch date of July 1st. The other goal we are working on is to have 20 wells pledged before we leave. We have 13 pledged now.

Cycling Virgin No More!

IMG_8436Before starting to train for this Cycling 4 Water ride across Canada I would have to say I was a Cycling Virgin! Today I declare myself a Cycling Virgin No More!! I have:

Conquered a 100 Mile Day!

Swallowed Bugs…

Crashed 5 Times, 3 times in our Drive Way!

Changed at least 7 Flat Tires, 3 in One Day!

Cycled more than 2000 km this Spring.

Been Traumatized by Crazy Drivers and Dogs.

Spent more Money on Cycling Accessories than I  would have ever Imagined!



Wind at my Back… People!

Mike Woodard & Bike

This past week the weather cooperated, so I cycled outdoors. This out and back training ride was about 40 km or 25 miles through the Fraser Valley. The first leg was almost due east, so I was feeling good, moving right along and thinking, “Wow, I’m in good form!” Then I began to wonder, ”Is there a wind at my back?” The answer was not really clear until I headed back, going west. I had taken the benefit of the wind for granted on the smooth ride east.

Being a bit philosophical, I began to think about people. There are those in my life that are “Wind-at-my-back people” who have propelled me forward through their wise words, help, encouragement and friendship. Some have traveled long distances and others just a few steps with me, but each has made my journey a bit easier and smoother even in the uphill stretches. I’m so thankful for and blessed by these people. I’m going to start telling them, “Hey, did you know that you are a wind-at-my-back person? Thank you!”

This Cycling4Water project has gathered many “Wind-at-My-Back People” already. These folks have been encouraging me with cheering words, website building, wise advice about equipment, a loan of a motor home, sharing on Facebook or giving donations ranging from $10 to a $8500 (a whole well)! All I can say is THANK YOU!