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Day 9: Wind at Our Backs

We started the day a bit overwhelmed because we had 204 km to put in to get to Edmonton. Plus we had a TV interview with Global TV scheduled at 6:30 pm, which was wonderful but did add to the pressure to make a fast trip to Edmonton. We had three people join us for a ride along in Edson.Edson leaveWe had a strong wind at our backs which was more up and down than we expected. We put in about 120 km by our lunch break.

DSC_4231We even had time for a fun shot of Rob in a canola field, blends right in don’t you think! Rob in Field

We took the bike path though the river valley in Edmonton. Edmonton River Valley

Here’s a shot of downtown, what a beautiful city. Edmonton City

We were welcomed to our speaking location by this sign. Braemar

We did make everything on time and my dear friends Fred and Annette brought us the most delicious dinner delivered to parking lot of the church. A good group of friends and family joined us for our presentation plus MP Laurie Hawn joined in and had some words of encouragement for us.  Edmonton Group

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!