Friday, June 29, 2012
Bicycles are not permitted on the no. 1 hwy out of Vancouver because of heavy traffic therefore I had to take an alternate route which is hwy 7 to Hope BC. I cycled 168 kms to Hope at the end of the Fraser Valley. By the time I got to the hotel to meet my Long Suffering Wife I was totally bushed after 8 hrs cycling.
The first leg of many legs is done......
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
My wife Mary and I drive today to Vancouver with my bicycle. to begin my long bicycle trip of approximately 6,100km from Vancouver to Halifax. I am torn between many diverse feeling such as: I can't wait to get on the road; have I bitten off more than I can chew? Am I being naive or perhaps downright stupid to even think of taking on something of this magnitude at my age? However I read an article recently that was based on the premise that sixty is now the new forty.
I said yes! yes! yes! This was exactly what I wanted to hear, because this is the way I feel. Age is only a number and I am 62 years young not old. I feel like a young thoroughbred ready to burst forth from the starting gates and get the job done. By getting the job done I also want to help put some money into the Child haven coffers so that they can continue their award winning work with the needy in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Tibet.Sean Collins
Monday, June 25, 2012
I have been preparing for my marathon bicycle trip for the past several months across Canada both mentally and physically. Mentally I have been able to convince myself that I am capable of taking on and completing this self-propelled journey from Vancouver to Halifax. I believe it was Henry Ford who said "If you believe you can or you can't you are correct" Lets hope I am correct. The physical preparation has been a little more arduous. Lots of running and time on the saddle. I did plenty of running in training for the Calgary Marathon which I ran a few weeks ago. Since the marathon I have been focused mainly on the bicycle. I ride back and forth to work every day with longer rides out of the city on the weekends. I have also been focusing on the nutritional aspect and have increased my caloric intake in an effort to put on some extra weight for the journey. I have estimated that I will be burning between five and eight thousand calories a day. It is going to be a real juggling act to keep up the nutrition supply as well as the hydration.
So If you pass me on the hi-way don't forget to throw a bone or some other edible at me. I will eat it unless it bites back.Sean Collins