Wednesday, September 9, 2009

2009-09-09-Major Update! - Westlock

Lots of news today!!
Sheralyn called me tonight and we had a long chat!  Good news - and bad!  
Last night, after a day of riding in the rain, as they pulled into Slave Lake, Helen needed a "Tim's".  She pulled into the parking lot and into a handi-cap zone with her bike.  Unfortunately she had technical difficulty with her dismount (couldn't get her foot out of the toe clip).  She fell onto the handicap sign and hurt her arm.  The team took her to the hospital, where she was checked out.  She is now wearing a splint that starts at her wrist and runs almost up to her shoulder.  It is held on with three tensor bandages.  Helen is in good spirits, but couldn't ride today (she tried, but it hurt too much).  She probably won't be riding tomorrow either, but we hope she can join the group again to cycle back into Camrose on Friday!
Helen in a wheelchair in the hospital with her arm in a splint!
This morning, the team made a presentation to CJ Schurter School in Slave Lake.  A lot of fun was had by all!  To celebrate literacy, the school, which has a protected reading time every day, read a total of 15,831 minutes (all yesterday) in honour of the Munsch a Bunch project, and to support Literacy.  WOW! That's 10 minutes for every kilometer of our journey!
Alan, David, Sheralyn and Helen reading "Zoom" at C.J. Schurter School.
David even won a "Hoppy Award" (a green certificate that looks like a frog), because he was nice to someone in the school office and made them Happy!  CJ Schurter School is an "I Care" School.  The school is K-3 and has 400 students.
Kids are always impressed with the map showing the route!
After the presentation, the team headed for Westlock.  Today was the best day for riding yet.  Sheralyn says the number one piece of equipment required was a pair of sun glasses!  With Helen not riding, the others had to make up the difference, so it was a record distance day for David, Alan and Sheralyn!
Even though Helen couldn't ride, it didn't mean she wasn't contributing to the team.  At one point, she had pulled over with the van to wait for the rest of the team.  While waiting, a truck full of men pulled up in front of her and got out.  They saw the cyclists, and the graphics supplied by Windwood Signs on the side of the van.  They wanted to know what the tour was about.  It turns out that they are cyclists also, and have done some similar rides and fund raising.  They were on a hunting trip, but had been rained out.  They left Helen with a $60.00 donation!  Good Job Helen.
Dave - Tuning his Bike!
It's hard to believe that there are only two riding days left in the trip.  Tomorrow night, the team is looking forward to dinner with David and Helen's daugher-in-law in Sherwood Park.  After that they will ride out to Ministik School where they will camp the night and be prepared for the presentation the next morning.
Watch for another chapter of our Story Tomorrow!

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