It all started in the wee hours Saturday morning when I went to bed at 1:30am but a restful night wasn’t going to happen. Perhaps I was excited about the day to come, perhaps it was my thoughts were filled about Stella and her trip to Colorado but for the life of me, I couldn’t sleep. At 3am I layed awake in bed and gave up on trying to sleep altogether.
I hopped in the shower and prepared for a long day. After prepping my bike with snacks, water and the banner & decals for RoadAwareness.ca, I hit the road around 4:30am on my way to Port Dover.
About a week earlier, I was invited to attend the Girlz Ride to Dover as a guest speaker to talk about road safety and awareness and to promote the third RoadAwareness.ca Rally of the year the next day.
I arrived in Port Dover around 6:30am and although much of the town was still sleeping soundly, some of the locals had already made their way to the beach where I decided to park my bike. Although I wasn’t tired, I decided to stretch out on a picnic bench by the beach to rest my eyes. In the background I could hear local businesses preparing for the day punctuated with the occasional Harley passing on nearby streets. Although with those loud pipes, they could of been several streets away.
After a couple hours of relaxing with my thoughts, I decided to walk around town and eventually made my way over to where the Girlz Ride was to meet up and offered to assist local businesses in setting up their tents. The feature sponsor was “On the Fringe” which sells various riding gear, most of which is for women.
Eventually the lady riders showed up in the early afternoon, rather late from some highway closures they encountered along the way from their ride in from Toronto. By this point, I was getting tired having not gotten more then an hour of sleep and despite consuming lots of water, the heat was getting to me as the mercury climbed and with the humidity it felt like 38 Celsius. We were all very hot and sticky and the river that ran beside us was looking pretty good as I became tempted to jump in fully clothed just to cool down.
Eventually the time came for me to speak to the crowd about RoadAwareness.ca and safe riding in general and not long afterward everyone dispersed. I packed up my banner and decals and made my way to Mansfield to my buddy John’s place for a BBQ. He was having some fellow riders over after hosting his own ride for newer riders so they could become comfortable with all that’s involved with riding in a group, which can be daunting for newbies.
Around 10pm I figured it was time to excuse myself and head home. I needed to at least try and get a few hours of sleep before my big RoadAwareness rally the next morning. I didn’t really want to part such good company and lively discussions we were all sharing about our various riding adventures but if I didn’t get some rest, I knew I would be a wreck the next day and I really needed to be on my “A” game.
I arrived home around midnight and wouldn’t you know it…I couldn’t sleep. Once again, I didn’t get to bed until about 1am and was wide awake by 7am. This wasn’t looking good. Once again I prepped my bike and headed off to the first rally point in North York. When I arrived, I was greeted by my support team from MotoLimo.com. Once again, they gave up part of their weekend and both of their custom motorcycle support trucks (not to mention gas) to follow us around all day in support of the cause. If any rider needed help, they were there following us.
We departed North York with about 60 riders and headed out on to the highway towards our mid-way rally point in the town of Simcoe (just north of Port Dover). Along the way we picked up about 15 more riders who were waiting on the side of the highway for us to pass.
Two hours and two construction zones later, we finally arrived at BS Custom Motorcycles in Simcoe. Our gratious hosts (owners of BS Custom), greeted us with lots of cold water and soft drinks that came in very handy for our dehydrated and fatigued riders. Once again, the heat was pushing 40 degrees and everyone was feeling it. Most riders headed off for lunch while I stayed behind to talk to a local reporter from the Simcoe Reformer.
After doing a raffle for prizes donated by On The Fringe, Vision Cycle and Kahuna Powersports, it was time to hit the road in an attempt to keep to our schedule. I was hoping to reach our final destination in Brampton by 4pm. As it turned out, we only arrived 30min late.
We pulled into the parking lot of Formula Kartways to a prior arranged stunt show along with the attendance of Peel Regional Police who arrived to show their support of the RoadAwareness.ca campaign. Although, they did express some concerns about the stunt riding and the lack of an ambulance and even though it was being done on private property, they found themselves in an awkward position. Considering the support they’ve shown for my campaign and not wanting to alienate them, I ended the stunt show.
All in all, it was a great weekend despite the insane heat. I ended up doing two motorcycle events, passed through countless cities and towns, clocked over 700kms and suffered a touch of heat stroke and some serious fatigue.
More riding is yet to come!