I turned 40 and this bike trip is what I am doing to mark the occasion.

This is me before I turned 40, possibly right around the time I dreamed up this crazy idea.

My other favourite activity – skiing.


11 thoughts on “ME

  1. We are so excited for you Kate!
    As you challenge through the Rockies it is a test of mental determination…go girl go!
    Sharing our strength with you
    Love Dianne & Darrel xoxo

  2. We don’t don’t know each other Kate but I congratulate you on you venture across Canada. I am a cyclist myself and live here in Quesnel. I bike in a charity ride every fall for the BC Lung Assoc. So put in a fair amount of kms in preparation. This is my 23 rd year of doing this ride and I am 67 1/2!!!!!!, but sometimes feel 40 when I am out there on my bike. I would love, love, love to bike across Canada but have a husband who can’t do without me so in another life. I feel fortunate to be following you in your blogs and wish you all the best weather and tailwinds.
    jean seymour

  3. Howdy Kate,
    Just figured out how to contact you –thanks to Paul Mednis.
    Anyway, very happy to hear that you survived Allison Pass & the “Crow”. Sounds like you had a great time in Cowtown — wow, star status at a school too!!!
    If you know of a stop where you can recieved snail mail, let me know. Hunter-Fehner Expeditions will try to send a care package — do you prefer your KD “original” or “smart” or “extra creamy”?
    Do you need any reading material – other than the Harold Robbins paperbacks which you started out with!
    Have you read Robert Persig’s “Zen & the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance”?
    Nothing new here — last 2 days, cool & new snow on Slide Mtn. More if it happens!!!!!!
    Let’s hope those prevailing westerly’s live up to their name!!!
    Jody & Tucker.

  4. Good for you Kate! Interesting how checking the calender now and then provides motivation to take on some significant challenges so that the years don’t just slip by unremarked.
    Isn’t distance biking a great way to appreciate both the scale and the detail of our country? And it justifies a good meals and dessert too, every day! Take good care of yourself, and as Brenda B counsels “Keep that Vitamin i* handy”.
    “It is not that we have a short space of time [to live], but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.”
    -Lucius Annaeus Seneca circa 4 BC – 65 AD
    *Vitamin i = Ibuprofen

  5. Holy Crap Kate!
    We didn’t even know you had left on this journey yet, Now look at you already in Saskatchewan! We’ll be following your blog with great interest.
    Craig and Bonnie

  6. Hi Kate,
    I was a bit slow to find out about this trip (nobody tells me anything!) but I’m now fully caught up on your blog! You are amazing! My mom keeps talking about the classroom visit so that’s what finally spurred me on to check out the blog. After googling your name, I found the link to your blog on somebody else’s blog. Okay, this is my 5th time using the word “blog” so I shall stop being so repetitive. Are you sticking to the north through Ontario or will you be swinging down south? My kitchen is not as fancy as Carol’s but if Guelph is on your route, I’d be happy to fill up your tummy.
    Keep on truckin’… err.. I mean bikin’

    Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it – so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many have thrown up their hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. As the tide goes clear out, so it comes clear in.
    In business, sometimes, prospects may seem darkest when really they are on the turn. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn into glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
    A very successful businessman said that the first few years of operating his business were so trying, so discouraging, that he could hardly drag himself out of bed in the morning to open up again. He would put the key in the door of his place of business, and think to himself, “Once more. I’ll open the door once more, and maybe today will be the day.” He was overwhelmed by debts, his friends told him to quit, and he was sick at heart. But every morning he would open that door just once more. When things got so black that he was on the brink of ruin, he still kept opening that door.
    One morning the idea came to him that started the pendulum swinging in the other direction. It was slow and painful, but he made the turn and was on the home-stretch at last. In a year or so, he was even again, and from then on it was nothing but winning.
    He once told a friend, “Sometimes I break out in a cold sweat thinking of what might have happened if I’d given up – maybe on the very day I got the idea that saved me”.
    People credited with all kinds of ability, talent, brains and know-how, including the ability to see into the future, frequently have nothing more than the courage to keep everlastingly at what they set out to do. They have one great quality that is worth more than all the rest put together. They simply will, not give up.
    Nobody knows on what day the line of final success is crossed. This is why a person’s decision at the beginning of an undertaking is so important. He should make up his mind that if he begins, he’ll finish. If he can’t agree with himself on this vital point, he probably shouldn’t begin. As psychologist William James put it, “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.”
    When a person makes up his, mind to do something, then it is only a matter of time. Staying with time takes bulldog persistence. This seems to be the entrance examination to success – lasting success – of any kind.
    There is something really sad about the person who spends his life running in circles, tentatively trying first this thing, then that, expecting success to be quick and never staying with anything long enough to succeed.
    (Author Unknown)

  8. Hi kate, I think this bike trip is just great, I love that you’re doing that and now that I’ve read your blog and saw some pictures, I have to say, I’m a little jealous… You go girl!

    So Raja and I are going across canada all the way to Quebec in my car next week. Probably sleeping in thunder bay on the night of July 10. I’m not shure exactly when we would be catching up with you but it would be great to see you. So let’s try to keep in touch.


  9. So Young Miss . . . HRM Shelley and I moved to Sackville NB just so you’d have a couple more friendly faces to visit on your way east.
    We’re less than 10 minutes off the TCH if you’re taking that route and less than five if you take the back way from Dorchester along 106 . . . 28 Union Street, 506-939-0922. There will be a fatted calf and suitable liquid intoxicants.
    Large hug,

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