After another warm night, breakfast at the Hotel Hainault was, like the surroundings, outstanding. With a bit of time available, I decided to take a COVID test. I am happy to say that I was a solid negative. This took a lot of pressure off of my mind and allowed me to concentrate on the … Continue reading BBR22 – Final Day
After 2 days in the hotel in Arras, it's time to pack the gear and head to Valenciennes. This will be our longest ride. The guide says it will be 80 km with 529 m of climbing. This is also the hottest day yet, so I hate to think what the final total will be! … Continue reading BBR22 – Day 4
The riders from all corners of Canada are starting to arrive in Amiens, France, to start the ride - The Battlefield Bike Ride 2022 - 100 Days to Victory. The Somme River as it looks today. Tomorrow we start with the first ride, but today we all meet at the ride hotel in Amiens for … Continue reading Battlefield Bike Ride 2022 – Let’s Get Started!
After weeks of worry and concern about weather, Wounded Warriors Day at Oyama Zipline and Adventure Park dawned sunny and welcoming. And welcoming it was. And thanks to all of the preparation and planning by Jenn Madsen, we were ready for whatever came our way. Of course, there was the concern that nobody would come, … Continue reading Wounded Warriors Day – After Action Report
Today marks 100 days before the start of the Battlefield Bike Ride: 100 Days to Victory. As I was planning my posts, I wanted something special for this day. While doing research for an upcoming post on the Battle of Vimy Ridge, I came across this powerful song and video. The song, entitled Breaking of the … Continue reading Breaking of the Sword
Until recently, mental health, and more specifically mental disorders and Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) like PTSD have been taboo subjects. Over the past few years that has slowly started to change.Now more than ever, we are aware of the challenges and tragic impact mental health injuries have on our Veterans, First Responders and their families. … Continue reading Let’s Talk
Happy New Year to you all. Hopefully the COVID gods will look kindly on us all in 2022. With this first post of 2022, I want to look at the reason for this blog and the reason for the ride that I will be joining in June. Clearly, the reason is Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC). This … Continue reading The Reason for the Ride – and your Support