Friday, July 24, 2009

Napanee, Kingston, Gananoque

July 24
While yesterday was occupied with multiple flats, a crash, and endless rain, today was the exact opposite - sunshine and a tail wind to support the riders. Ben and Chris continued their time trial challenge on hills. In the end I think they split. Mike and John, our road warriors in their full helmets, continued to keep us amused with their graciousness and self deprecating humour.

A highlight for us was a fun mid-day event in Kingston organzied by Ben Bowen, owner of Seaway Solutions. Ben and his team hosted a delighful barbecue which was a great way to meet Ben's team members, family and friends and customers. John, from J&J Cycle provided on-site support to the Ride For Mental Health by coming to the barbecue and performing tune-ups to the riders' bikes. And of course the Canadian Mental Health Association was present represented by Executive Director Michael who received a handsome cheque from Seaway Solutions in support of their local mental health programs.

It was a sad goodbye to the boys, Mike, John and Ben who all headed home after the BBQ. Our friends Bruce and Jill came to the rescue transporting Ben because of the train strike.

As we had not completed the day's mileage we were to be accompanied on the last leg to Gananaoque. Ben Bowen then hopped on his newly tuned up bike, and along with David from Service, personally escorted us all the way to Gananoque. We said our good-byes to Chris, as he was returning home after 3 great days of riding.And we said good bye and thanks to Ben from Seaway Solutions. Now that his bike is tuned and road-tested he is off to a flying start of enjoyable rides for the rest of the summer.

Wherever we go mental health awareness is slowly building, the fund raising continues to grow, and the people we meet are incredibly enthusiastic about being a part of the Ride For Mental Health.

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