Gratitude and Longitude

Giving thanks and coordinates.

Gearing us up: Montlake Bicycle Shop, “like Cheers–where everybody knows your name,” says Gary. A huge thanks to this team: Michael, Gary, Mike, Neil, Carolyn, and more!

Bob’s cycle in Moose Jaw for fixing Jessica’s derailleur-

The guys at Olympia Cycle and Ski in Winnipeg for a new cassette and some great bike lore and restaurant recomendations.

Getting us ready:

Michael, at Montlake Bicycle Shop. Thank you for opening the shop up early in the morning to teach us, among other things, how to lock out a gear if we damage a derailleur or a chain and keep a small repair kit.

Cycle University, “Talk to your left leg,” said Craig.

Orange Theory Fitness, “High Fives and Smiles”–Jeremy;  “You can crush it”–Shea

Day one send off crew: from the driveway: Michael, Katie, Deb and Peter; from the ferry: Justin, Susie, Laura, Amy, TJ; from Mile zero: Krista and Jeff, Tanya and her sisters Cheryl and Teresa with their children and Remi and Jackson, and her father and his wife; from the mainland of Canada: Jeremy Shaw

Advice and Wisdom: 

Sue and Charlie Stillman

Julie and Bjorn Simpson, “Keep chips on the back of your bike so they warm in the sun!”

Adam, at Guardian Self-Protection & Fitness, for his knife skills and self defense lessons.

The awesome youngsters staffing the Creston visitor’s center.

Chris, the roadie, at Derek’s Sports in Cranbrook for air and chat.

Sarah and Karen, two inspiring solo cross-Canada riders

Warm showers and welcomes:

Day one: Dave and Nicole Netik and kids

Day four: Chris Mathieson at Grist Mill and Gardens

Regina: Shirley Bartz and Andy Miller and family.
Erika Stoner – wonderful Regina “tour guide” and all around awesome UBC friend

Winnipeg: Tara and John Kenney

Shout out:

Frederik, on a bicycle, for making and sharing mojitos at the Pincher Creek Provincial Campground

Besant Campground host, Shauna, for hooking us up with beer after a long, hot day or cycling
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