What a difference Fiona makes!

September 24

Number of rides to date:                               12

Distance of rides since last blog:                   50.05 kms

Total to date:                                                 581.71

Average per ride:                                           48.48  

Remaining Distance:                                      122.29

Average Speed:                                              18.6 km/h                   

Destination Equivalent:                                 Made it to Cardigan (see: The Island Walk Map – The Island Walk; Waypoint 26)

Tech Support                                                 Ginny and Paul Green

Ride Twelve

Beautiful day. Cool and sunny with a stiff N/NW wind—at my back, pretty much the whole way to Port Colborne.       


Ride 12 was to be my last ride in Ontario before driving to PEI for the final 120+ kms of the Island Walk Trail.

What a difference Fiona makes!

As of this writing, the hurricane has closed down PEI—literally. Charlottetown is underwater and virtually the who island is without power. What seems worse is that much of the Trail is impassable with fallen trees.

It now seems unlikely that I will finish my quest by the end of September–that’s just next Friday. But I am committed to finishing, even if it takes part of October…

So…stay tuned for more news of Santa’s travels.

On a happier note, Paul and Ginny bought me lunch in Port Colborne at a wonderful, little bistro—Bambi’s Bistro—on Main Street West. Friendly, warm and great fare. And believe it or not, the proprietor/chef, Jacki, is a former palliative care nurse!

Celebrating the end of my Ontario ride at Bambi’s Bistro in Port Colborne, with (from left) Bambi, Jackie, Santa and Paul. Off to PEI, maybe.

It was a great way to end the Ontario portion of the odyssey.

Serendipity…I was stopped at the Canal by the CSL Welland, the very shipped that carried the 2022 Canada Games Torch from Montreal to Port Colborne to officially start the Torch Relay in Niagara. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Torch Bearers. It seemed an omen.

The artwork on the bridge of CSL Welland tells s story of the 2022 Canada Summer Games in Niagara.

Where are we on PEI?

We’ve completed a bit more than 26 (of 32) sections of the trail. We’ve reached Cardigan, past Souris, Brudenell and so on. We’re in the virtual homestretch. For that matter, Fiona willing, we’re in the actual homestretch.

Everyone’s support has been so heartening. We’re well on our way to making a significant contribution to the great work of NOTL Community Palliative Care.

Thank you for all your support. And thanks for caring.

Santa for Palliative Care

For more information:

On NOTL Community Palliative Care Service, find: www.notlpc.com.

On donating: Santa for Palliative Care | The Healing Cycle Foundation (crowdchange.ca)

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