Saturday, June 20, 2009

Into Winnipeg

June 21

Lindsay rode with Mel. Caity rode with Mel. Fathers Day. The road we were on was virtually deserted which gave them each a chance to talk and enjoy the ride together.
It was a good day.
As we were nearing Winnipeg, we stopped on the side of the road for a break when two other bikes approached. A mother and her children out for a ride. They had seen the RV and wanted to share that they have a family member with a mental illness. "And he's doing really well."
There you go. That's the Hope and Recovery we talk about.
It was a good day.
Sometime later we stopped again, this time for gas, coffee and licorice (staples on the road). Another car was acting strangely, by that I mean it wasn't getting gas, it wasn't stopping at the restaurant and it was kind of in the way. Actually it seemed like it was following us. Turns out it was. The driver came over to my window before I was even out. "I have something I want to give you" she said. " and I don't have much time."
She said her name was Dawn and she works in the mental health field.
"I was on my way to work when I saw your RV and I actually turned around on the highway." she explained. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing." She is passionate about her work and told us there is strong support for mental health in this area. She went back to her dusty car (all cars are dusty on the road here) and brought back a big yellow magnet in the shape of a balloon. It read: "Pop the Stigma of Mental Illness". One of the programs she is involved with produced the magnets. "Good luck and be safe " she said as she drove off.
It was a good day.


  1. Winn Lambert-MeekJune 22, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    I'm sure it's moments like this that make it all worth while !!