Drafting Dave Antaya…

September 20—Ride 16

Distance:                                 40.88 kms

Total to date:                         862.33 kms

Average per ride:                   53.90 kms

Destination Equivalent:         Near Drummondville, PQ

Peloton:                                  Dave and Antaya

Dave Antaya and Santa taking a break (and a prayer) at the tiny roadside chapel on the Parkway.

Route Map:                            Ride 16


It was actually a perfect day to ride, if we didn’t have the easterly wind in our faces for long stretches. Cool and mostly cloudy.


It was great to have Dave with me today. We’ve ridden Healing Cycle rides together when they were a single-day event—lots of people riding various long distances. Doing it together was so much easier. Dave’s wife, Erna, is a long-standing palliative care volunteer in town. So, it felt like an old-home ride.

Dave is a senior retail consultant at Stratus Winery. There is little about wine that he can’t easily relate in both English and French. I think he would have been happier if we were actually going to Quebec City. We talked a lot about industry goings-on in the region.

As for the ride itself, I think my two long rides this weekend pooped me out. Dave is a strong rider anyway and he was kind enough slow down to my plodding pace. As I keep telling myself, I’m not trying to be God’s gift to cycling, only to accumulate kilometres—and dollars.

Speaking of dollars, another heartfelt thank you. We are now 20% above our original goal. It is a testament to how important palliative care services are becoming in our world–and your generosity.

Thanks for caring.

Santa for Palliative Care

For more information on NOTL Community Palliative Care Service, find: www.notlpc.com.

On the Healing Cycle: www.healingcycle.ca

On donating: https://my.crowdchange.ca/i0kprj.

Important Notice: On Saturday, September 25, local dignitaries, and Healing Cycle supporters will take a leisurely ride around town to highlight the wonderful work of our own Community Palliative Care Service. One gang will power a Pedal Pub cycle and the rest of us will follow behind on bikes. It’s certainly will be more symbolic than energetic—just six kilometers or so. Come out, make a small contribution, ride along, and help bring attention to the cause. Meet at Pedal Pub, on Mary Street at 8:30am on the 25th.

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