After having arrived in Port Maitland in the rain, having put tents up in the rain and slept in extremely wet and cold conditions, the whole team was slightly disappointed to wake to rain this morning. All of a sudden the Nespresso machine switched from being a luxury item to a vital piece of kit, the warmth and caffeine were welcome in equal doses! Light relief came in the form of Brian, who set off from Toronto at 5.30am in order to arrive in camp at 8am! It shows incredible commitment, especially when you consider he planned to cycle 100km with the others today. And intends to cycle through the weekend too. Just brilliant.
Paul, David & Brian about to set off
I say Brian brought light relief, it was more his outfit that did. Compared to Paul and David’s “cycle through the park” outfit of t-shirt and shorts, Brian looked like he planned to do a stage of the Tour de France. Given it was raining when they set off, I suspect Brian felt he had the upper hand! No doubt a third cyclist will renew all enthusiasm, not that it was dwindling that much in the first place but it’s always good to have more company and more banter.
The men's alternative 'Support Truck'
After Tam cooked breakfast on their gas burner (not easy with the rain coming down), the men helped pack the tents up and set off around 9.30am. It was so damp and miserable that Natasha and Sophie retreated to the car to watch a film whilst Tamzin cleared up. They then drove around replenishing supplies before heading to the next camp site in Niagara. Here they met up with another friend of theirs, Deb. She is in Niagara with her husband, parents and their RV (campervan). Apparently Tamzin hasn’t seen the girls since they arrived as they have been eyeing up alternative sleeping options in the warm, dry RV!! Deb plans to join the men tomorrow and cycle the last two legs all the way to Toronto. It’s another demonstration of how amazing people are, to willingly sacrifice their time like this. Will the boys be intimidated by Deb’s clip-in cycling shoes I wonder …
Printed with permission
As for the cyclists, they covered 101 kms today, over a period of 7.5 hours. They took longer than expected as just after lunch David’s wheel broke. As luck would have it, they’d passed a bike shop about 2km back so they were only delayed by an hour trying to get it fixed. Nevertheless, this delay meant that there was not enough time to go to the campsite for a rest and freshen up before the Cyclists ‘welcome’. Instead, they made the most of the time to take in the incredible sights of Niagara Falls. When I caught up with them standing beside the Falls, they sounded really cheery. Apparently the sun was shining and the route they had taken was the most picturesque so far. I have no idea how they are doing it. They must be so utterly exhausted. In fact, I have to admire them all, it’s not easy what they are doing and yet all the talk is so positive and upbeat.
As I type, everyone is at the Cyclists ‘welcome’, hosted by Epilepsy Niagara. It promises to be another fabulous event and one that will bring the spotlight again to Epilepsy and SUDEP. It’s all excellent publicity and is yet another demonstration of the type of thing that SUDEP Aware does. They only need another CAD$1,700 to reach their goal – please consider sponsoring them if you haven’t already!
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