My Journey 22

Growing up in the small town of Ridgetown, I like many others, had to bike everywhere. My parents (David & Andrea) blessed me with the opportunity to play a lot of golf during my summers and each day I would bike about 10km to the golf club.  I really grew to enjoy cycling but got lazy once my first car came along during my university days.

People say there are life defining moments that come along.  I truly believe we have full control on our choices when these moments present themselves, and I attempt to make them without regret.  My greatest friend is my ex-wife, we spent over 10 years together and mutually decided to separate in the fall of 2011.  Facebook speaks of timelines, this was a defining moment on ours.  Typically I spent more time than I wish to admit looking for an escape from the realization I was alone until I finally remembered how much I enjoyed embracing the singularity of cycling.  During the summer of 2012 I restarted my passion for cycling, a) to get in shape and b) to embrace my loneliness.  Cycling became a wonderful release for me and provided me the time and space to focus.  Unfortunately what came next on my timeline was job loss, almost a year after Leigha and I decided to split.  It is said that divorce, job loss and moving are some of the most stressful moments in life…the trifecta was my reality.

The loss of a job for me was painful as for the longest time I let my career defined me.  Coming from a small town and from modest means, I always felt I had something to prove to others, Leigha, my colleagues, my friends, my family.  Losing my current employment was a blow I saw coming, but it still left me searching for answers.  What I now realize is that I have really never had anything to prove to these people and they all came to my side recently.  It was only then that I realized it is me I have to support.  This is my reason for cycling across Canada, to explore who I am, what my mental limits are, and what my physical limits are. The trifecta may be a reality but is my choice how I react to it. I never took time off to travel after university or experienced the world through work or vacation.  This is my opportunity to be alone on the road, camping and sharing a journey with the many friends I have across our great country.

My Aunt Dora recently had a life defining moment of her own.  She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the summer of 2012.  We all know friends and family who fight this ugliness.  Some don’t win the fight, but I have seen the will power and focus it takes for not only those inflicted but also their families.  It doesn’t need to be said that no one should have to face this challenge and it is a far greater challenge than a cross Canada cycling journey, but at least I may be able to raise some money to assist with the challenge to find a cure. To Dora, who chooses to take on her challenge with strength and determination and to Bob who is at her side the entire way; I hope you both know you have many supporters.

My challenge will start May 20 at the Vancouver Rowing Club, near Stanley Park in Vancouver and end on August 29 in St Johns.  Check the Calendar on this website for daily info on my route and place where you may want to join me on my journey.  I look forward to riding with many of my friends along the way.


22 thoughts on “My Journey

  1. Reply Emily May 10,2013 7:45 pm

    David, How am I just finding out about this journey now? Your story and mission are incredible. I wish you all the best, and I look forward to reading about your adventure!



    • Reply david May 10,2013 7:54 pm

      Thank you Emily! Yes, looking forward to this adventure. Trust you are well?



      • Reply Emily May 22,2013 3:28 pm

        Yes very well thanks! I love reading your blog posts, keep em’ coming and enjoy the BC rain!


  2. Reply Vache May 10,2013 9:00 pm

    David, this adventure truly sounds amazing and wish you good fortune on the road! Can’t wait to read more of your experiences once the journey begins!


  3. Reply Brett May 20,2013 2:29 am

    Hey David,
    Grew up in Corunna ont. and now live in Stratford, heard about your trip through Facebook and wanted to wish you well. It is truly courageous of you to give your time and energy for those who need it most! Look forward to reading your blog and sharing in your adventure.


  4. Reply Audrey and Michael Weaver May 20,2013 5:20 pm

    Hi David, What a wonderful goal, and we wish you all the best on your exciting journey. Awesome gift for Breast Cancer and family / friends – past and present who are battling breast cancer. Take care, many blessings to you along the journey. Audrey and Michael Weaver


  5. Reply June Giancursio May 22,2013 12:37 am

    Hello David…met you once because of my daughter Lindsay ! I will follow your blog..and I wish you well..admire your strength and determination…and such a worthy cause!


    • Reply david May 22,2013 4:07 pm

      Hi June, I do remember meeting you. Thank you for the well wishes, Lindsay was a great help getting ready!


      • Reply June Giancursio May 22,2013 9:29 pm

        :)) you mean SO MUCH to her!,helped her on her life path! I will follow your blog daily… Need to donate on your behalf!


  6. Reply Brian Miller May 22,2013 5:32 pm

    Hi David,
    Good work on your first day. I hope all days go as well. Too bad you’re not coming through Castlegar, we have a nice RV Park you could stay at.
    Happy trails. Regards – Brian


  7. Reply Jim Hope May 22,2013 7:52 pm

    DM, I look for to riding with you in Alberta and there is a bed waiting for you in Calgary or you can set up your tent in the backyard if you prefer 🙂 There will also be a cooler full of cold beer and large quantities of red wine available!
    Ride safe and enjoy those tail winds!


  8. Reply Beverly Benjamin Jun 11,2013 3:59 pm

    This journey is a tremendous gift to yourself and to breast cancer research. Thanks for the wonderful pictures of our beautiful country. I wish you well.


    • Reply david Jun 11,2013 7:57 pm

      Thank you Beverly, I am happy people are enjoying the read, I am enjoying the trip and the writing.


  9. Reply Pertsis Jun 12,2013 5:19 am

    Mainer, you are awesome!!! Following your journey, best of luck brother.


  10. Reply Al Kelner Jun 27,2013 2:45 am

    Met you in Eriksdale (Eriksdale Inn). Like your intro and suggest, if it’s not too late, not to give up on your former wife unless she has moved on. My wife and I have fifty-two years and we’d do it all over again even though we had some rough patches probably as bad as anything may have experienced. Give it some thought on the remainder of your journey.
    Oh, I’m the big guy you were talking to just before you left the restaurant to rest. You suggested I take up cycling to lose some weight – good luck with that! Safe journey.
    Al. Kelner


  11. Reply Katie Wanderer Jun 30,2013 10:11 pm

    Beautiful motivations.

    We should be ending around the same time! Maybe see you there!


  12. Reply Brian Hendry Sep 5,2013 11:48 pm

    Almost there, Mainer!! There is a pint back in Toronto with your name on it!!


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