Published: October 10th 2011October 10th 2011
Hank and I returned to the crew after a well needed visit with family and friends. We received a very warm welcome back! Day 38 was a no relay day. I did a side trip to Hopewell Park at the Bay of Fundy with Mike, Monty and Sonny. We walked (wheeled) on the ocean floor! What a spectacular wonder of the world!
Day 39 I was driving the command vehicle behind the Medal Bearers. We travelled from Moncton to Sussex. We had some interesting modes of transport. We had a horse and buggy, a vintage car and the "Foxtrotters" (ladies running club) carry the medal. We stayed in Sussex at the Amsterdam Inn. Very quaint and picturesque town.
Day 40 I was on command again. We travelled from Sussex to Saint John. What a beautiful drive through the back roads through the valley! Crowds were quite large considering it was rainy and cool. Our Medal started the day in a Hot Air Balloon in Sussex.
Day 41 in Saint John was an event day. 5 of us went to the YMCA camp and did a little set up in the lodge. There were 20 children, 5 from 4 different schools who
were chosen to come join us for the afternoon. After our presentation we went out to play trust games with them. We played the parachut game. I did not get on it to be tossed into the air, but Monty and Billy were good sports and went for a ride! That evening Dawn and I went for dinner and a fun walk around downtown Saint John.
Day 42 was a day off in Saint John. I went for a long walk around the city and to the market. Hank was busy fixing things which he usually does on days off!
Day 43 I was back on Shuttle Driver/Host with Deena. We did our first meeting in West Saint John and then I carried onto Oromocto where we had our end of day celebration. Beautiful drive. End of day had some great local talent! Rick was also with us which definitely helps bring in the crowds! After celebration, we all carried onto Fredericton where we booked in at the Delta. We welcomed a new team mate, Marilyn to the team. She is head of escort (Misty riders).
Day 44 Sonny and I did our MB meeting at the University. We had
a little logistical error while dropping off the MB's. We ended up behind the convoy which is not a good thing! Especially when Rick was riding along in the command vehicle to see how things were going! Not our fault, but our Pilot vehicle fixed the error and we all had a good laugh about it later!
Day 45 was an Event Day. Hank went to help out at the Rehab Centre. I was not scheduled so I helped Marilyn while she tuned up the bikes and then took vehicles to the City Transit Garage to be washed. The city of Fredericton was very good to us! Later I went for a beautiful walk along the trails to downtown.
Day 46 we left Fredericton and traveled to Kings Landing Historical Settlement. What a beautiful day! 20 degrees and sunny. This was such a scenic and interesting 19th century site. We were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Compliments of our Rick Hansen Foundation. After our team lunch we carried onto Woodstock. Absolutely breathtaking drive. Colours are at their peak! I did a pick up shuttle for another group of MB's and brought them to our end of day celebration. We
had it at the Best Western Hotel where we happened to be staying. The owners and employees here were incredible. They even opened the bar for us later! We all had our dinner on the patio that evening and watched the spectacular sunset in the hills.
Day 47 Jake and I had an early start with the first group of MB's. Great meeting in the Firehall. After this we carried onto Perth-Andover. Yet another scenic drive! After lunch we did another MB meeting. When we were dropping off our MB's one of them brought her pet billy goat to join her on her segment! We had some time so he joined us on the shuttle for a while! End of day was in Grand Falls. (named appropriately!) I met a very sweet little girl named Jasmine and her mother. Jasmine was born weighing 2lbs and was not expected live. She is now 6 years old. She has Muscular Dystrophy. She uses a walker but they just found out 2 weeks ago that she will definitely be confined to a wheel chair soon. This little girl has already done volunteer work for the Make a Wish Foundation. Rick Hansen is her
hero! She is drawn to anyone in a wheelchair. She loves to dance and is always smiling! Her mother is incredible too. She lives for Jasmine. She is exhausted but Jasmines' spirit keeps her going! You can tell that she loves this special little girl to pieces!
After the celebration we were offered a great discount on ziplining over the falls and the gorge. What a thrilling experience! My only complaint was that it was over too fast! Other than spending Thanksgiving with our family and friends at home, I couldn't think of a better way to spend the holiday! We are truly blessed and very thankful for it! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Love Weedie and Jeepa. xoxo
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