We started our day a 4:45 am to get to a live Global TV interview at 6:15. We have done 3 other TV interviews but they have all been recorded interviews. This one was a bit more stressful because it was live. Not editing..
This is our longest day so far… Turned out to be 223 km. We had such a great tail wind all last week. No tail wind today, for most of the day we had a cross wind or a head wind. It was a long tough day, 11 1/2 hours on the road including breaks and meals. We did cross over the 2000 km mark for our trip.
The flat prairie was not so flat at least between Saskatoon and Regina. The road had a mix of hills, narrow shoulders and rough pavement. I would not recommend Hwy 11 for cycling from Saskatoon to Regina. We stopped at Davidson for an newspaper interview. Davidson has the largest coffee pot in the world but we were told they do not have a coffee shop!
Our night finished of with a presentation at the Discovery Baptist Church. The folks were waiting to applaud and cheer when we came into the parking lot. Had a great evening with them. We also had a special guest, MP Ralph Goodale. We were encouraged by his ringing endorsement of the project and his willingness to come out to support our efforts. Great News! The church committed to a well! That make 21 pledged.
Tough day, full day, a good day!!!
A week ago we headed to Victoria to start our Cycling4Water journey. Today we are in Jasper, Alberta. We have been encouraged along the way by so many people. We have been hosted every night and have some wonderful new friends. Every night we have had a chance to present the cause to groups of people either formally or informally. Our schedule has been very full. We have had great weather, a bit hot in a couple places. The little rain was not bad and even felt good. We have only had a couple places where the wind was against us. Our kilometer count is just under 1000 km (620 miles). Our bikes are in good shape, Richard’s bike is in the repair shop today for some TLC. Our bodies are doing okay. We are all fairly sure we have a seat imprint on our seats! Jacquie is doing an amazing job. She has a place for everything and everything in place. We are starting to eat everything in sight to keep up with the calorie burn.
We are seeing donations come. I got an email from a friend today to let me know he and his wife are going to commit to a well. They do not have the money but will commit to challenging their whole circle of friends and family to join them to cover the cost of a well, $8500. Our pleaded well count is 19, 41 to go.
Here’s a touching moment…
We were being hosted by this little gal’s grand parents. We were telling her family and friends about the impact of clean water and that $8.50 would give clean water to a person for a life time. She (6 years old and her brother 8) left the room to get $8.50 each from their piggy banks to help give clean water.
I was so touched, in fact, moved to tears. It inspired me to pass along the Danika and Colby Challenge… if everyone who hears about this would do the same it would be amazing because if 1000 people would give just $8.50 a whole community would have clean water for a life time. Each well provides on average 1000 people with clean water and costs $8500 so $8.50 per person.
Thank you! We are so grateful even overwhelmed by the wonderful response of so many!