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My astonishing, rewarding, sunny, tiring Friday!

Because yesterday was pouring rain all day, we were lucky indeed to see the sun back. This event had beginnings barely a week ago when Mountainside teachers, Lenore and Denise took on the monumental task of organizing a 'spin-off' with 65 elementary students. The goal would be to raise awareness of mental health issues, and perhaps even raise some money for my charity I am riding across Canada for.
Denise and my 800 km ride route

Early morning spin bike set up
So we were at school by 7:30, setting up bikes and putting up posters and deciding on prizes and other aganda. Thank you Sofis and Bob and Dave for the loan of your bikes!

Then students arrived in three classes. Most were hyped, some asked lots of questions, some were distracted, eager, fired up, charged. So groups rode 5 minutes (or longer) then recorded their times which were added up. 100 km equated to 5 minutes ride. And YES! By the end of the morning, the students had ridden my route across Canada and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Face painting!
Ride hard - 
By noon we had raised almost $400. Several people passing dropped by with donations. Thank you to Lenore and Denise who instigated the morning. Kudos to the many Mountainside students who were 'hosts', face painters, tattoo artists, bike mechanics, and lifters. And well done to those brave elementary teachers who lent us their students.

By noon I was exhausted. Riding a bike 100 km is definitely LESS tiring.


janesride.defeatdepression.ca
https://mdsc.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=13665&mid=8

Smile often!


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