I made it; I have arrived in our nations capital in good shape and ready for the rest of my trip. My arrival marks the 4,660 km mark on my trip, which puts me a mere 2,895 km away from my goal. Under a month of ridding stands between me and dipping my tire in the Atlantic.
Before I can think about that though I must get across my exciting ride into Ottawa today. The day started with a presentation at the Nick Smith Center in Arnprior this morning. I would like to congratulate them on such a wonderful facility. The students that came out were a great crowd and had a lot of good questions for me.
There is an answer to one question that continues to worry me. When asked if they are active for an hour per day, most of the students I talk to across the country put up their hand and assure me that they are more than active enough. Only when I actually talk to them one on one and get them to describe their day to be do I discover the truth. Whether it is a lack of understanding, or a lack of proper instruction on what it means to be active, the many of the students I have met have badly distorted views. This only serves to strengthen the need for proper physical education programs.
Arnprior is making a valiant effort to bring in more youth programs. The Nick Smith Center has taken on a full time youth coordinator, and simply having people like me in to talk show their commitment to healthy children. They cannot do it on their own though; they, like everyone else trying to organize these programs, need the support of their major and town councils as well as their communities.
After the presentation it was off to Ottawa, home of CAHPERD. The ride was great, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing from the west. One of my first tail winds of the trip brought me into the capital at over 40 km per hour. I made only one mistake in not realizing that the highway into Ottawa is a no biking freeway. The local OPP was more than happy to steer my right though, in no time at all I had a new course and I was on my way again. The new path wasn’t quite as direct so I spent the next hour on a biking tour of the outskirts of Ottawa, stopping every once in a while to check my map.
I arrived at the CAHPERD office at just after one and spent the rest of the afternoon meeting everyone that has helped to make this trip possible, together with everyone from CAHPERD that are in town for the AGM. We have a get-together tonight and then the event on the hill tomorrow!
Anybody in Ottawa tomorrow, come on out to Parliament hill around 1:00pm and join in the festivities.
Activity tip: If you find yourself feeling tired during the day or always needing naps, try swapping out a nap for a bit of exercise. You may find that after a while you have more energy throughout the day and are able to get more out of your days.