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Lake Erie – One Big Lake

Harking back to my elementary school education where I had to color and label a map of the Great Lakes that the teacher “mimeographed” for me, (in the days before photocopiers), and reading up in my ever-trusty source of all information, Wikipedia, I find that Lake Erie is in fact the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes. In other words, it is the second smallest of the Great Lakes. In spite of its rather poor showing in terms of size compared to the other Great Lakes, Lake Erie is either the 10th or the 13th largest lake in the world (depending on how one chooses to measure such things.). Riding along its shore on a bike serves to reinforce exactly how large it really is.

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Day 1 Jitters

Niagara Fall to Simcoe, Ontario

Today is lift-off! After months of fundraising for Habitat for Humanity and diligently training on our bicycles, it’s time to hit the road, leave Niagara Falls behind and begin the long but wonderful journey back to Winnipeg on our bikes! As we gather in our matching jerseys for a group photo before we depart, the excitement among the group is palpable. In total, we will cover over 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) in 12 days. Today’s leg begins in Niagara Falls and ends, 148 kilometers later in Simcoe, Ontario. For some of us, this will be the longest ride we have ever dared to try.  New riders anxiously wonder whether or not they up to the challenge. Continue reading


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Cycle of Hope 2015

Here we go! After a two day drive, sixty Winnipeggers rolled into Niagara Falls today, amid little fanfare, but with a big task at hand.  We leave tomorrow morning, heading back home, but on the return trip, we are on bicycles.  We will cover 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) in support of Habitat for Humanity and the Cycle of Hope.

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Cycle of Hope 2015

Like many kids of my generation, I grew up riding my bike. Our parents didn’t drive us everywhere. Life was safer then and we had a lot more freedom than kids of today. Also, typical of my generation, once I was of driving age, the bike was left behind and I would drive whenever I could convince my mom to let me borrow the family car. If I couldn’t get the car, then some other friend would drive. We most certainly wouldn’t be caught riding our bikes. It quickly became something that only little kids did.

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