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Steve’s Blog – July 20 – wind powered – Kindersley Sask to Saskatchewan Landing Prov Park.

Kindersley has one more reward for us. Storms from last night cleared to reveal the most amazing tail wind this morning. This is the fresh powder dump of windy days. If this were a cycling town, all the businesses would be closed until noon, with signs that read “closed for the fresh wind. Come back tomorrow.”

Jim and I start with photos from the local press, and then we play. It is about 80 km to Rosetown, which I do in about 2hrs (keeping an avg pace of 40.9km/hr), and Jim is not far behind.

We then turn 90 degrees to head South, and our glorious tail wind becomes a choppy cross wind. This is harder work but so much better than a head wind. We travel like this for the rest of the day, and I manage to keep an overall avg speed of 33.8km/hr for the day. But the big story for both Jim and I is our distance of 181 km, one of my furthest distances, Jim’s longest by a wide margin.

The day end with a glorious downhill ride into a gorgeous valley which shelters Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.

Tomorrow, tune into Global Television’s Regina morning show to catch the Spinning Wheels Tour on TV. 8:20 am Central Time (10:20am EST). Don’t blink, as it’s just 4 minutes.

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  1. Missed you emerging stars on TV but I’m sure into the publicity groove now! Glad you enjoyed the valley at SK Landing.

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You have probably heard of Parkinson’s Disease. You may even know people who suffer from it.  Get used to it, as Parkinson’s Disease is the world’s fastest growing neurological condition, set to double in number by 2040.

Parkinson’s Disease occurs when the brain’s dopamine-producing cells die prematurely. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter necessary for many functions of the brain and body, including muscular control, and its loss affects all forms of movement and balance, as well as non-motor functions such as memory, concentration and motivation.  Think of dopamine as the electricity in an electric car: without it, the lights dim and the wheels stop spinning.

There is currently no cure, no bio-markers to aid detection, and little is known about how it is triggered, except that Canadians are disproportionately afflicted

Most people living with Parkinson’s reduce or even discontinue regular intensive physical activity after their Parkinson’s diagnosis.  Why?  Their actual skills and abilities do not suddenly evaporate on the date of their diagnosis, though their mental fortitude often does.  As a result, many abandon the very restorative health practices, such as regular exercise, when they are needed the most.  For people with Parkinson’s, intensive exercise can boost energy, sharpen the mind, elevate spirits and keep the body mobile.  Studies indicate that intense exercise can help train the Parkinson’s afflicted brain to use dopamine more efficiently and be able to do more with less.

Let’s use the dopamine we have to build the lives we want.

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Canada is a big country.  It is home to over 100,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease, 9 in 10 of which suffer in silence, isolation, or without the support of a knowledgeable organization or community.  Starting in June 2022, we aim to cross our big country by bicycle to meet as many of these people as possible to personally deliver this message: get moving to stay moving.  

We start In Victoria, British Columbia and ride east through every Canadian province, and hundreds of cities and towns along the way.  Our route is approximately 8,000 km, and we expect to average 125 km a day, six days a week for approximately three months.  Our Spinning Wheels Tour team will include two riders with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as two ride-along supporters to keep things moving.  Along the way, we will be meeting with people whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s, and encourage them to get moving with us, get engaged in support communities, and to set up their own group athletics.

We are not athletes, just people with the resolve to do what it takes to live well with this disease, and to encourage others..  

Along the way, we hope to hear these words, “If they can do it, I can too.”