0265/16/2013 – So as you can see in this picture here, we have T-Shirts! Huzzah! Having the T-shirt now suddenly makes it sooo much more official! How else are we going to be able to say, “been there, done that, and got the T-shirt.”?

If you are in KW and would like to get some exercise in the great outdoors, please feel free to join me on any of my planned routes (posted on the side bar of this site). T-shirts can be provided with a donation to any of my preferred charities on the fundraiser page :) We go at a fairly leisurely pace and its just fun!

Today we biked the Dunvegan Park area. This was a pretty easy ride with the roads being as close to flat for the entire route as you can get. The weather was perfect! It was a great day for a bike ride!

This is the first route I did with more than two people and it was loads of fun. Biking with people definitely is quite different than on my own. We went slower, taking up a whole hour to do the 11 km trek, but at the same time enjoyed each other’s company and the scenery. I learned that streets with two crescents on both ends can be called a dog-bone street!

We had a local in our midst who actually grew up in the area so it was nice to hear fond memories and stories of the landmarks so that’s always great! 😀

While my mapping skills still need some ironing out, and we entered into an area that was “clearly” not road, it got sorted out eventually.

All in all, it was great fun and really looking forward to biking more and hoping that others will join me on my journey and remember, just have fun!

5/14/2013 – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as the saying goes. I’m sure most are familiar with it. I’d like to quietly celebrate passing 100 km in my trek through the streets of KW. It’s not a major achievement, but it is a milestone nonetheless. It’s like the first “trophy” you get for unlocking something relatively easy at the beginning of a video game. It’s enough to motivate you to keep trying, but gently reminds you that there’s waaay more ground left to cover. If I have the estimate of distance accurate, “all the streets of KW” translates to something like “the distance from Toronto to Edmonton.” (yes! Canadian references, for I. Am. Canadian.)

The ground I recently covered has nothing terribly interesting to speak about. Here’s a picture of an industrial park in North Waterloo… after 5 pm. It’s rather deserted as I suspect people are home getting ready for supper! Weather has been really crazy the last week so I have not been biking as much as I should, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace as the summer continues!

Here’s hoping to some great biking in the upcoming days and nicer weather (thank you, Canada)!

 

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01605/05/2013 – Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. My good friend Ali’s Mumsy (pictured in the middle) has MS and every year, Ali and her sister (pictured behind Mumsy) walk for MS.

This year, I got the privilege and honour to Captain our wonderful team, KW Coffee and Stuff!

Our team raised over $450! The exact number escapes me as many collected cash pledges and submitted them at registration. The amount I raised ($140) will go towards my tally of my goal to raise $3000 through Streets of KW for various charities. As described in the fundraiser page, when I reach $3000, I will shave my head and donate my hair for wigs!

With this MS Walk, at about 20°C, clear skies, and a light breeze, we couldn’t have asked for a better day to have the walk. This wasn’t always the case. I do remember MS Walk 2011, which was in the middle of a snow storm! Canadian weather is rather unpredictable in the tween months of April and May.

018This year, I walk for Sandra (Mumsy), and I walk for all those affected by MS in some way. I also walk for MS research with the hope to one day end MS.

At the end of the walk, our team raised up our carnations, the flower for expressing love, fascination, and distinction. It is the floral representation for the quest to end MS.

This walk was so very in line with the purpose of Project Streets of KW; the purpose to raise awareness, raise money for charity, get exercise, and to enjoy the company of good friends and meet new people!

I am proud to have been part of this walk. I’m proud to know such wonderful people. The energy and camaraderie was encouraging and beautiful.

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Lots of people brought their pets out for the walk. While most dogs were happy to be out and about, we saw this poor pup who found a piece of shade and, regardless of the coaxing of his owner, wouldn’t budge. With the owners permission, we have a shot of this tired pup! Towards the end of the route, it appeared that many people were feeling the same way :)

Overall, a Sunday morning well spent!

Are there more events going on this summer that you know of? Please send me an email (yuyren [‘”at’] yuyr.net) or comment about upcoming events that would be good to be involved with as part of Streets of KW!

 

 

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