April 5th and less then two days left in my end to end Fat Bike journey across western Canada,the plan was to be at Mile Zero of Highway 16 at exactly 4 pm on April 7th John from the Winnipeg MS office, my brother Tom and a CBC crew were supposed to be there to greet me.
With just over 100 km to Mile Zero at Portage and Main, Winnipeg I wasn’t feeling the rain on this the second last day, although it poured for over three hours from Westbourne to Portage, my target for the day was Headingley which is just outside of Winnipeg. By the time I got through Portage the rain had stopped so I changed out some wet clothes and carried on, but now on Highway 1.
Outside of Headingley brother Tom picked me up and we took a drive up Portage to scout out the route and traffic to Mile Zero. Stopping along the way for a bacon cheese burger at The Grove Pub and Restaurant; their ‘Stafford Burger’ is officially the Best bacon cheese Burger on Highway 16! http://the-grove.ca/
The next morning I toured the town of Headingley before meeting with the Chief Doug Hansen for a Fire Hall tour and as it turned out a donation from the Headingley Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, Thanks Headingley FD much appreciated!
The ride from Headingley into Winnipeg took less then two hours so I stopped along the way to check out another bacon cheeseburger joint, it was good but The Grove was still champion! Earlier that morning I sent out a Facebook message encouraging people to Like my page and pledge cash, I wanted to have 1000 Likes and $10,000.00 before I reached Mile Zero.
Arriving at Mile Zero the intersection of Portage and Main was rather uneventful, the traffic was crazy busy so I couldn’t linger. I pulled my bike off the road at the street sign and was met by Tom and John for a few quick photos.
After a short interview with CBC (which never made the air), we were welcomed by three players from the Minnesota Wild Hockey team who where in town to play the Winnipeg Jets. ZACH PARISE, JASON POMINVILLE and NINO NIEDERREITER after a quick photo op they were on their way to get ready for the big game. Minnesota’s goalie Josh Harding lives with MS.
Then ‘believe it or not’ I was off to attend a Yoga class with Tom and Rachel before going to the Tavern United Fort Garry for a few pints of IPA and a welcoming by the MS Society and few friends including Melisa Hill from Jasper.
Final stop, Toms house for a bath and bed, the yoga workout killed me, lol
29 days on the Fat Bike beginning in Masset Haida Gwaii rolling through British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with high winds, heavy snow, traffic, ice, rain and what have you,,, and it was over, done! Wow.
Still about $80,000.00 short of my fundraising goal but I still have 5 months to complete the endms93 project so lots of time to cook up some more fundraiser!
I am at 12% of my goal right now so if you haven’t had the chance to send a pledge yet,,, here is my fundraising link: http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/BikeTour/AlbertaandNorthwestTerritoriesDivision?px=1191389&pg=personal&fr_id=3112&s_locale=en_CA
Thank you one and all for your amazing support and encouragement!
Thank you Freewheel Cycle Jasper for the amazing Fat machine, the Kona Wo!!