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day 22

Day 22: A green field to Moose Jaw 100km

Okay let’s just cut right to the chase and talk about the highlight well two highlights. Yes you are right my life does revolve around food. Wait for it… 4km out from the end of my ride was that beautiful DQ sign! YUM. I have talked about DQ enough but finally I got one. Of course my eyes were too big for my stomach and I got a larger size than needed. My stomach was a little sore after from the quantity and from eating it so fast with excitement. But don’t worry it was well worth it.

I then finished my windy 100km ride (headwind not the beautiful tailwind everyone has told me about) at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort. They donated two rooms to Ride Away Stigma and we were able to relax in their amazing mineral pool that is indoors and outdoors on the rooftop. Pretty good way to end a ride, ice cream and then a swim.

While sitting here at the desk in the hotel room working on upcoming events I decided to check Ride Away Stigma’s Facebook page.  I received a beautiful message from someone.  I will first explain how we met.  This spring I was finding I needed to break up my longer rides so that I wasn’t by myself the entire time and needed to keep motivated.  So I decided to start going to MEC group rides.  I would cycle in from home do the group ride and then continue on a very extended out of the way ride home.  One morning I had a guy ask me when I was stopped at the side of the road if I knew where MEC was.  I guess I looked the part since that was exactly where I was biking.  We both arrived before the store opened so I chatted with him and his friend.  After telling him about the journey I was about to embark upon, he shared with me his own struggles with mental health.  I always think there is a reason why you meet people and that we don’t always know the affect people will have on us or we will have on them.  In the message I received from him was a reminder that today is a new day and words of encouragement.  I think this is always important to remember when we are having challenging times like I was the first few days in the prairies.  Instead of getting down on our selves for having those bad days and saying I should be stronger.  Think instead, of the present, of now, today is a new day!

I was also excited by the song he shared with me that he explained gives him strength.  I felt like a gift and also I love the artist! Check out the song by Xavier Rudd called Follow the Sun.  Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E1bNmyPWww

He also sent a beautiful sunrise that I have chosen as my photo for today.  You may wonder why I put this photo, as it is not from my ride today.  I put this as a reminder that you are not alone in your struggles and there are so many people out there who care and want to make a difference.  I know when I was in the depths of my struggles I felt no one would understand and I would just be judged.  It is scary to seek help and I get that but you deserve help and support.  In addition, the photo is a reminder to be kind to yourself and take today as a new day with new opportunities.

I feel like I have been blessed with guardian angles watching over me.  So many people have reached out when they have sensed I needed support or just because they wanted to share how what I am doing has impacted them.  I am grateful for everyone’s support and could not do it without you.  Thank you!

I am about to go explore the town of Moose Jaw and the underground tunnels so I will leave you with this quote.  Another wonderful person sent me this to help encourage me.  “Obstacles are put in your way to see if what you want is really worth fighting for.”