Loose ends & Longboards- Part 2

—It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness, and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
— What are we holding on to, Sam?
— That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo...and it’s worth fighting for.
— J.R.R. Tolkien


Second Important Take-away: Google maps sometimes lies.
In order for the team to push across the bridge their route called for, they would have had to push in the middle of a 6 ½ km stretch of heavy traffic. Cars would’ve been stuck behind them and they decided that since the general public wouldn’t appreciate that very much, they would wait for Andrew to come back and pick them up. Halfway across the beautiful bridge they finally saw it:

WELCOME TO OREGON.

They were so close and Astoria, a neat little fishing town, was their first stop. The guys tried to find a campsite, only stumbling across places that book a year in advance before finally figuring they could camp on the beach, since nobody owns the ocean. Parking in a random parking lot, they see the grass and they walk out to see their first glimpse of real ocean and nothing else. You couldn’t see land past it.
The plans to beach-camp became initially foiled as it was late and 'no camping' signs appeared everywhere they looked. In a final attempt to find a campsite, they had to make a tough choice when they discovered a KOA (Kampgrounds of America). They hadn’t has wifi in a while and KOA, while expensive, became the best, last minute option. "Foofy camping" was the general impression of the massive campground space, with an indoor/outdoor pool, and the selling point of FREE PANCAKES. Many a pancake was consumed on their rest day before they went out to find Seaside, a beach that Andrea & Tim in Revelstoke had recommended. It was surreal to think back to Revelstoke and reflect on how two weeks had gone by. The destination was becoming real at this point and the end was in sight.
Continuing their rest day, the guys met up with Jess Pell, ate at a bakery, had sushi and then decided to try their hand at some stealth camping. They drove back towards Astoria from Seaside to try and find a place to camp, finally locating a more isolated beach area. A forested area offered a sweet spot at least 20 ft. from the 'no camping' sign, so they hiked in and enjoyed the natural mattress of the mossy ground.

Refreshed they pushed to Oswald West State Park, where the first 20 kms went by easily and rapidly (45 mins) and then continued on through Seaside.

The scenery was delightful, with a breathtaking forest, tunnel & coastline. As soon as they passed Canon Beach it was all uphill, a stark contrast and adjustment from Seaside's flat terrain. 
Right after they begin to peak they encountered a gentleman named Ted, a 64-year-old walking from Southern California to Victoria, BC by himself. With nothing but his little cart he would cover 20 miles a day, explaining he was walking essentially because he knew that he could do it & opted to not sit on his couch and watch TV. MASSIVE shout out to Ted for doing his thing.
Things went down hill for awhile, literally, and the guys had to stop and walk a ways, as Jordan was now on his 5th set of shoes and needed to conserve this pair and make them last.
They drove back to Canon Beach to stay at for the night, a place described as "kind of like Banff with an ocean". The team drove to a random rest stop, just on the border with not a lot of pavement, and slept in the van, this time terrifically because there, unlike the bright lights of Wal Mart parking lots, they had total darkness. The team pleasantly awoke to a man snapping a picture of the van next to Caleb’s head and drove back to Canon Beach for their rest day.
After getting hyped up for Stumptown Coffee at a café called Sealevel, they ended up chatting with Jason, an employee who wanted to know more about their travels and are invited to stay at his place that evening. Following a day of exploring hidden beaches and rock climbing they got the privilege of an awesome sleep on his couches and the added bonus of fresh fruit in the morning.
Went back to the park and pushed, still on the 101, through a series of small towns with brutal pavement. Got to Rockaway Beach, known touristy place for big rocks with holes in them, and then right past the Tillamook factory where, after eating their greek yogurt for days, the team was excited to stop in.
Shockingly nothing was purchased.  Watching the workers cut the cheese all day must have turned them off eating. (Sorry, I had to).

In Oregon they have logging roads that are legal to camp in, so they drove into the Tillamook State Forest and up a mountain to the furthest point the van could go before setting up their tent right near the top for the night. Returning to Tillamook, the team started their day and pushed through a temperature of 41 degrees. Instead of taking the final rest day, Caleb and Jordan decided to split up the day into 2 days.

Even though only 35 km the day felt long. They tried to find another logging road, but instead discovered a free campground where they could spend the night. They chose a location deeper into the forest than the campground itself, and enjoyed a 'shower' in the ice cold creek after hiking in all the gear.
2:30 am brought another deep life discussion with Caleb and Andrew (much to Jordan's dismay). 
(Not-so-fun) Fact: The states has mile post signs. This means that every time a sign appears, you know you’ve only pushed 1 mile. Seeing the post every mile was mentally draining and after a long uphill stretch (with elevation 1300 ft.) followed by a straight drop down, everyone was exhusted. By the time they hit the entrance to Gales Creek the shoulder dropped off. The last 10km had no shoulder, so they took a different road, equivalent in length, to just north of Gales Creek and were reminded the whole way of the flat farmland of rural Alberta. Even the marketing of signs felt like home. From Gales Creek they pushed an extra 10-15 km into Cornelius to make their last day a little easier. This was the final Wal-Mart camp out, and the guys had the opportunity before bed to meet up with Caleb’s parents, who had come down for the finale. Caleb says: Shout out to Mom and Dad for letting everyone swim in their hotel pool.
They headed back to the Wal-Mart for an amazing sleep and, around 10 am the next morning, embarked on the FINAL PUSH. The towns blended together before Portland, taking them a weird route before they finally reached a bike path type area.

Another first: First elevator ride on a push. The team took an elevator up to a bridge to cross the road and push along the bike path.  The path, slightly raised above the highway, led them all the way to the Japanese Gardens (a rose garden that Portland is known for). They went through Washington Park and then got into Burnside road, leading directly to their end point. Pushing through Portland, they knew they had made it, but they didn't consider themselves finished until they reached the white stag sign.

Caleb's parents had a finish tape to push through to “officially” end the adventure, and it was a very surreal feeling to reach their goal. There was a peace in finishing that didn’t really hit them right away. They stayed at Andrew’s cousin's (not really related, but close enough in East Indian culture) house, finally took showers, and as their last hoo-rah dinner. went for Thai cuisine. Challenge complete.

Fun Facts:

  • Jordan can be salty. Especially at 2:30 am.
  • At Canon Beach the team ate at the Screw n' Brew--  the only combo sandwich place and hardware store that they've ever encountered.
  • Contrary to what this post might suggest, we are not sponsored by Tillamook. However, to any Tillamook employees reading this, we are open to any interest you may have in the idea.

And so concludes the 2015 Push for Burundi update. We can not emphasize enough how grateful we are for each and every one of you: our supporters, our readers, our family & friends, and all of the wonderful strangers we encountered along the way!

Thank you.

Your encouragement, investment and dedication to the visions and dreams that PFB holds have helped shape who we are and those we impact in exciting and unparalleled ways.
Look forward to more exciting news from us soon!

-- Love, The PFB Team

Loose ends & Longboards- Part 1

There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same.
— Frodo

Dearest Push for Burundi supporters and encouragers,
Happy New Year to you all!

We would like to begin this post with an important message: The team made it!
 
Now, I would like to acknowledge the fact this post is 5 months late in coming with an ENORMOUS apology. Our communication became disrupted, unfortunately leaving this story with the critical issue of zero conclusion. An unacceptable way to close a tale of such importance. 
I can only hope that those of you faithfully following from the beginning found a way to discover that Caleb, Jordan and Andrew completed their mission, raising approximately $13,000 in aid of the beautiful country of Burundi!
For those of you unaware, may the torment and anticipation of the last 4 months finally dissipate as I share the final chapter of PFB’s 2015 Edmonton-Portland adventure...

Recap: We last left our adventurers just beyond the border. 

Finally entering into the much anticipated USA and on their way to the end goal of Portland, Oregon, the guys made it through Burlington onto Everett, pushing through Deception's Pass as opposed to Bellingham to save 30 kms. Once again they found themselves on a road with no shoulders, but even then the gracious and relaxed nature of the drivers was a welcome surprise. Eventually a 30 mile long bike path appeared and gave them a route to Snohomish that they pushed, averaging 25 km/h and reaching the fastest speed they have ever done.

They passed through Arlington, and found themselves in need of water. They had acquired some via 7/11 before with no troubles at all so, as they entered the gas station requesting to fill up their bottles, they were expecting a positive response. This time they faced hesitation, and an unwillingness to offer any precious H2O. Note: Readers should be aware this water was neither sparkling nor freshly bottled glacier. Just your standard water. From a tap. 
Laughing about it, and entirely confused, they found other means of hydration, leading to a late hour before they finally reached Snohomish. They strayed from the original path deciding to go directly west towards Everett to make up for their previous eastern trajectory.

Milestone:  First night they slept in the van. Location: Wal-Mart Parking lot
Everyone slept well that night except Jordan, who was up every 5 minutes and curled up in a ball. He made it through but realized after an entire night crammed in a corner, he could have stretched out & put his legs under the seat.

Eventually they reached Seattle-- bittersweet, as hectic cities usually offer the worst pushing conditions. Continuing on to Tacoma, they stopped at Walmart again for the night (where Jordan had a slightly better sleep, even though Caleb and Andrew took the benches and Jordan got to cuddle the longboards). While far from ideal, sleeping conditions weren't so bad until 2:30 in the morning when Andrew and Caleb woke Jordan up with the first of many late night conversations. This time he awoke to Andrew and Caleb chatting about a cop car outside, both unsettled and panicked by it's presence. Unable to see at first (his head is buried between the bags), he finally looked up to observe the supposed scene the others had been describing. Although sketchy, everything seemed fine and the police eventually left, but the tense anticipation of potentially expulsion from their sleep spot lingered until morning.

From Tacoma they pushed to Olympia. Olympia was one of the team's favourite American cities and also the capital of Washington, so they had the opportunity to push past beautiful government buildings and experience some fresh scenery.
Note: Shout out to Olympia Coffee Roasters for having the best tasting cappuccino on the trip! 
Finding Wal-Mart number three ended the day and led to another early morning conversation type of night.

Important take-away: Caleb does not know how to whisper at 2:30 in the morning.

In contrast to the previous day's enjoyment, Olympia to Elma was "the worst".  It involved the longest pushing day, after the original stopping point was supposed to be 30 km. A rest day was scheduled for the day after Elma and, being that Elma was such a small town, the group decided to push through to South Bend. This led to a a whopping 105 km push day, with no idea where the team's day 20-something energy was originating from. The sheer length of the trip was intimidating enough, but then things became progressively more complicated.
On the highway, Jordan was slightly behind Caleb and, like something out of a movie that Jordan claims to be the funniest thing he has ever seen, watched a cop pass by, slow down and come into the shoulder.  Turning on his lights the car crept up behind Caleb, who doesn’t notice him and keeps pushing. Envision a really low-budget car chase. But with a long board. 
Caleb still doesn’t see him, so finally the siren does a woop woop and Caleb comes to a halt. As they’re talking, Jordan slowly catches up and the police inform the guys that this is the end of the line and they can’t be pushing here.

Moment in history: The first time they've been kicked off the road.
The rationale? They were not bikes. Therefore they were ill-equipped and without proper reflective equipment.

The policemen knew the roads well and were able to send them back a quarter-mile to a permissible road parallel to the highway that went through the town.

Naturally, the redirected route had brutal pavement and gave them difficulty for around the next 13 kms. The guys were also internally panicked because the cops had mentioned that Highway 101 (their goal after Elma) had tiny shoulders and tough conditions. Thankfully it turned out to be beautiful with sizeable shoulders and although they had to navigate some uphill, their experience pushing through the rockies made for effective preparation. 
They stopped on the side of road to make Mr. Noodle and a guy came by on his quad to inquire after their well being. It was around 6 o’clock, so they informed him it was just a dinner stop, to which the gentleman replied: "You should've told me, Mama could have put on the stove". The generosity went farther and he offered them water, pop, or beer before they continued, to which they regrettably declined.
Beautiful terrain followed, and the team passed wonderful forests and old logging places as the sun went down and they saw streetlights coming on. They pushed into Southbend and a made camp for the night at nice campground next to a mama and baby racoons.***

Southbend to Astoria was their last day over 60 km thanks to the many days of pushed further than anticipated. This was also the day Caleb almost died after running off his board full speed down a hill. The board went off the road, but somehow he didn’t fall. Caleb responded with a shout out to God for his miraculous ability to see another day.

Fun Facts:

  • After a long dairy shortage, Caleb ate 4 Tillamook yogurts—honey greek yogurt, to be specific. You gotta try it. I understand that lives were changed.
  • ***  Turns out the guys do not possess any Disney magic, as the racoons displayed a less than welcoming attitude to their presence. 



Crossing boarders

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
— Francis of Assisi

Rather than wane, enthusiasm has escalated in the team as they pushed through the last days of BC and into the United States. 

After camping overnight, the guys had to tackle their steepest hill climb yet, from Princeton towards Manning Park. The top led into a 10 km stretch of gorgeous road through the forest and they pushed 35-40 km, to where the shoulder of the road dropped off, before they had to drive the rest of the way in. Pushing another 10 km in the park, they stopped around the main visitor centre and set up their campsite before making the trip to Lightning Lakes- a now established tradition for the PFB crew. 
(Warmer conditions this year made some lake bathing possible, and although Andrew didn't go into the water this time, Caleb and Jordan insist that since then he's been better about jumping in.)

On the journey from Manning Park to Hope the vehicle ran out of gas, forcing Caleb & Jordan to walk 10 km down the non-existent highway shoulder, then push into Hope. 
Pushing into Hope was the team's last good weather day for a long time, but brought the additional joy of staying with Caleb's grandparents for the night and meant the delicious bonus of a home cooked meal!
The guys were able to head up to the Hope tunnels and enjoy the local tourist attraction of cliff diving into a narrow river canyon, before returning for a late dessert with some more of Caleb's family from the area.

A large fire in Burnaby the day before meant the trip from Hope to Mission/Abbotsford was incredibly smokey with air quality warnings, and a muggy 30 degrees. The Fraser Valley was flat pushing and they travelled on the north side of the river to increase their shoulder and decrease the traffic volume around them. The guys pushed an 80 km day into Mission and met up with Kayla, a connection they made through a mutual friend.
Kayla Feenstra is the founder of Farm to Food bank, which distributes excess food from farmers to food banks to package and utilize through the winter, and of Tiny Homes Canada, living in and building homes that are ecologically compact and affordable. She blessed the team, letting them camp on her property and sharing her story, encouraging them in the humble ways that individuals are making a difference all across the country.

That unique experience led to another distinct adventure on their rest day trip to Vancouver. Visiting five cafes, Caleb & Jordan's overstimulation and over-caffeination was rampant. The exposure to such an abundance of people after so long in comfortable solitude (along with the equivalent ingestion of 10 cups of coffee each) left the guys more exhausted than any pushing day and they retreated to Mission early for a restless night.

Mission was their final stay in Canada and, the next day, they took the Aldergrove boarder crossing in the rural countryside. After getting rid of a decent portion of items they didn't think would be allowed through, the boarder crossing presented a comically easy transition-- even in a marked up white van. They were asked a few questions and passports were verified, but the team made it through more quickly than expected, giving them extra time to push farther than they thought that day.
Terrible pavement was the first thing to greet them as the navigated the rural USA, and while the suburbs brought some smoother roadways, they also brought more traffic and congested spaces. Still, they pushed through Bellingham and onto the magical Chuckanut highway—a faiytale forest road where the shoulder changed every 10 m along the coastline. It wasn't a main road and the guys were appreciative of the relaxed vibe that created. While lots of places throughout Canada had angry highway drivers, no one was upset there and they even experienced people cheering them on as they went past. 
They settled in Burlington at Deception Pass, finding a huge campsite next to the unreal bridge that crosses the strait, and, enjoying a feast of ramen noodles and beans before falling asleep.

Fun Facts:

  • First thing the guys bought when they crossed the border was milk and yogurt. The lack of dairy was really hurting. There are no studies to prove it, but I imagine the cow by-products helped increase morale substantially.
  • Caleb has discovered he is unnaturally gifted at rapping the words "tsing tsong" if you get a beat going for him. It’s an experience you truly don’t want to miss, so next time you come across him please inquire.

Everything they knew from years past is now far behind, and embracing the unknown is a new reality for the team as they continue toward Portland! Stay tuned!

Part of the process - 1,126 km

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
— William Faulkner

Communication has been tricky the last week and, as those of you faithfully following our social media will be aware, the blog is not quite up to date.
We are very appreciative for your steadfast readership despite these delays and hope to catch up soon!


The story last left us in Revelstoke, en route to Vernon, by way of Sicamous.
Consensus of the journey was unanimous:
It was hot.

43 degrees outside meant shorter stints of pushing, where every 5 km push had to be followed by 30 min rest periods just to cool down. When they eventually made it to Sicamous, Andrew treated the guys to a much deserved ice cream treat at D Dutchman as they prepared for the excitement of a CBC radio interview the following morning [check it out here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-longboarders-pushing-hard-to-raise-money-for-burundi-1.3132567 ]
After Sicamous came the journey to Vernon, which began rainy, but fizzled out into a damp but precipitation free push. The days began feeling increasingly quicker and after a wonderful stay with their friend Pauli, Vernon to Kelowna felt like no time at all. The speed could be due to their increasing leg strength, or the fact that they stopped at 3 cafes over the course of the day and therefore had more caffeine running through their system than usual. You can decide.

A slurpee drop off & visit with Graeme Watt and Ben Rogers was a welcome surprise along the route to Kelowna, as their mentorship and support continues to mean so much to the team.
The second surprise was a lesson in balance—a welcome evening of slack lining with Brittany Knutson and friends in Kelowna.
Fun fact: Caleb enjoyed it so much he’s planning to purchase one and perfect the art.

In the succession of quick days, Kelowna to Penticton flew by and, although they didn’t partake in any Canada day festivities, the guys were fortunate to stay at a ski lodge at Apex Mountain for the night & into their rest day.
After a reenergizing steak meal and some lazy lounging, the guys took on the journey to Bromley Rock in a sweltering 41 degree push up the mountains and out of the Okanagan Valley. This was the day that went on forever, and although a theme throughout this push has been that the toughest days of last year have been better than anticipated, this one was far worse than they remembered.
At Bromley Rock the guys were without a resting place, since campsites were completely booked for the July long weekend. They were directed to a golf course in Princeton where they happened to catch the owner before he left on his motorbike, and ended up staying the night & camping on the course.
 The beauty of determination is that no matter how disruptive the path ahead becomes, you can push through in confidence that smoother roads lay ahead. 

The transition from familiar to new terrain is coming up for the guys! Stay tuned!


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Pushing through- 775 km

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
— Earl Nightingale


Challenges are essential to any journey worth endeavouring and any change worth pursuing. In a significant way, they remind us that life is never stagnant and that you are far more resilient than you recognize.

Challenges are not about remaining in moments of inadequacy but about pushing through, despite discouragement along the way.

We develop patience in persistence.

From Canmore to Lake Louise, rain became one such obstacle in an otherwise wonderful segment of highway. The day was the team's favourite for pushing thus far, as they continued in the much loved mountainous terrain, but they were rerouted from their original goal of Field as poor weather eventually became too much. 
Their overnight modifications allowed them to visit Lake Louise, where the only downside of the trip was the large quantity of selfie-sticks they encountered along the way. The first 12 km out of Louise posed another battle, as both guys struggled with the wind conditions and the fleeting fear of death that accompanied the wild weather.

Further still on the setback list was Ten Mile Hill, a terrifyingly steep hill with no shoulders available for boarding on. The guys got in the van for the ten mile trip and then continued pushing into Golden, where they maneuvered construction, and were able to explore a bridge crossing the Blaeberry River.

Then, the journey from Golden to Glacier saw the departure of both ladies from the excursion and a sense of loss to the team as they venture forward to Portland. Naturally this led to a difficult day mentally; however, also became a reminder to focus outside of immediate circumstance and continue on in anticipation of their goal. 

Finally, the accumulation of heat and hunger caught up to Caleb and Jordan as they experienced some partial heat exhaustion and had to spend portions of the trip alternating rest time. Caleb had to catch up to Jordan after resting 20 km outside of Revelstoke, and the final 2 km felt like 20 miles to Jordan before they reached their destination.

Thankfully this is not a record of entirely discouraging events, as the team was met between Glacier and Revelstoke by Richard on his way to Slocan, and experienced perspective and clarity as they did a 60 km push through a tunnel and some more gorgeous mountain scenery.
They were also given the encouragement of community and rejuvenation through the company of Tim & Andrea Patz in Revelstoke, enjoying a delicious chili dinner, exquisite gelato and some blissful soaking time in a forest hot springs.
 

Fun facts of today's post:

  • The guys go through an average of 4.6L of water a day. Maybe no one else is shocked by that. But 4.6L! One day! There you go. The more you know. 
  • There were no hobbits or elves in the general vicinity of Blaeberry River, even though it sounds like a magical, wooded glen.
  • Lake Louise has officially been renamed "Lewis Lake". And by officially, we mean "Caleb & Jordan officially".   

Tales of Vernon and beyond await in the next instalment of the Push journey! Stay tuned!

 

Onward- 462 km

“Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

With almost a fourth of their goal behind them, home is certainly diminishing farther into the background of prairies and sky.

Not that turning back was ever an option.

If anything the dramatically shifting scenery and the curving, downhill terrain are calling to Caleb & Jordan as they anticipate their next phase of pushing: the mountains.

First, a recap.
Leaving Caroline on Day 4, the increasingly chilly weather and more poor pavement conditions accompanied the team into Olds. Only thanks to the warmth of welcoming friendship, was the cold finally counteracted. Everyone enjoyed a refreshing and reenergizing stay at Jess' house- a friend of the team from Gull Lake Camp that will hopefully be rejoining the crew in Washington.

The encouraging hospitality and conversation gave the guys enough energy to engage in some trailblazing and mark out a different way to Cochrane on Day 5. The new route, plus an added 10 kms to their originally planned distance, meant the first ever rest day in Calgary was celebrated on Day 6!

Rest wasn't all the team had to celebrate. Along with extra time to stock up on supplies and a BBQ at Bowness Park, Rebekah Gulley and Becki Ramsay arrived to join the adventure and support the guys on their continuation to Portland.
The joy of new faces was bittersweet, as the team had to say goodbye to Dan's presence on the road and accept his return to work now that they had reached the city. 
 
Going on their second pair of shoes, and their second chapter of the journey, the guys took a while to settle back into their rhythm and experienced their latest start yesterday (Day 7). Lunch was accidentally forgotten, the wheels felt tight, and a mental & physical resistance were persistent as they headed to Canmore. Even on such an off day, Caleb & Jordan were reminded of the beauty in the journey and were able to appreciate the mountains that supplied their first day of mainly downhill travel. Somehow, despite delays and struggle, they got to Canmore the earliest they had arrived at any pre-established location. 

Fun Facts:

  • After five days straight of ingesting hot dogs, Jordan decided that, on one of their first opportunities to eat anything else, he would purchase for a hot dog from New York Fries. Needless to say, there was no rejoicing in that decision. Verdict: "It was gross."
    On the plus side, if their diet is any indication, budgets are clearly being maintained.
  • Boston accents have become a thing. As in, everyone is employing them as frequently as possible to entertain themselves.
  • Rebekah's family has supplied a place to stay for the Push team when they reach Portland! They just got the news and couldn't be more appreciative or grateful to the wonderful Gulley family!

The goal from Canmore is to push all the way to Field. Stay tuned for the next instalment, coming soon!

 

The beginning - 230 km

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. 
--Winston Churchill

It seems surreal that days have already passed since the team's departure and, without fully realizing it, the dreams, plans and vision for this year's push are in motion.

Figuratively and quite literally.

The overwhelming support of so many, accompanied by the beautiful weather, helped commence the journey from Goldstick Park to Wetaskiwin. Surpassing the goal of 70 km in the first day, the guys added another 20 km to their scheduled destination and managed to push to Coal Lake, totalling 90 km by the end of Day 1! 

Victories typically taste sweeter after facing obstacles, and there were plenty of those as they struggled to navigate the non-pedestrian friendly roads of Edmonton. Even with the late start leaving the city, and lots of walking, due to terrain, they managed to exceed their initial expectations and felt energized enough to push further.

On Day 2 the end goal was Gull Lake, and everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful farmlands and countryside views as they tackled the strenuous uphills and downhills of Pigeon Lake area.
At one point Caleb and Jordan were maintaining 56 km/h on the rolling slopes, giving them some extra, much-needed rest time at Gull Lake.

Gull Lake to Caroline, AB presented the toughest stretch to the team thus far, as they endured really poor road quality and uncomfortably low temperatures. Even after a hopeful 1 1/2 km stint right after Sylvan, the smooth roadways soon dissolved into terrain that could only be described as "crap". The abandoned Range Roads were a welcome relief in an otherwise unpleasant Day 3, and they were able to end Thursday with the hot tub & hospitality of Camp Caroline.

Fun facts:

  • Hot dogs have been the food of choice for the start of their journey, keeping the team fuelled and going strong. 
  • Andrew and Dan, after long periods of driving and filming, have been doing 15 pushups every time the team stops- their own personal form of 'pushing'? (Sorry, couldn't help it.)

Stay tuned in a couple days for the adventures to Calgary and beyond! Also, keep following our social media for instant updates and tidbits!

Radio Interviews Got Us All Excited!

So it turns out radios these days actually pre record there interviews?! WHO KNEW! 

Jordan had an amazing interview with Chris Sheets this morning but it will actually be airing MAY 24 from 5:00-6:00 on 630 CHED! Make sure to set your alarm because boy oh boy was it a gooder! 

Once again thanks to @elliot.rose from @spchevrolet for setting the whole thing up! We couldn't have done it without him!