Bicycle Canada 2010: Takeoff and Touchdown

Off I went from Toronto to Vancouver. For my flight I had to disassemble my bike in order for it to fit in a bike box. I took off the wheels, fenders, racks, drop bar and seat. When I put it all back together I ended up with extra screws that I can use at some point during my ride. Lucky me.

It is sandal wearing weather here. Perfect for a casual walk around downtown Vancouver to see the sights and the remnants of Olympic glory.

I am staying with my friend whom I’ve known since senior kindergarten. Tomorrow if the weather is right we’ll be going kayaking at Deep Cove which is just slightly north of the city.

The scheduled day I start cycling is the 11th. There is a theme to my journey that makes this trip all the more worthwhile. I am Going the Distance For Mental Health. I will be bicycling across Canada in support of Griffin Centre.

Griffin Centre is a not-profit, charitable, mental health agency providing essential services to youth, adults and their families in Ontario. They have been helping people who thought their needs didn’t count and they continue to expand their programs and services in order to respond to the changing needs to our community.

Griffin Centre’s mission is to promote positive change for vulnerable youth and adults with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities. They are dedicated to delivering innovative services and developing creative partnerships that enhance lives and communities.

I hope my trip will inspire others to push through and strive in achieving their goals. Much in the same way that Griffin helps over 1,000 people each year to recognize their strengths, achieve their goals and improve their lives.

My goal is to raise $3650 for Griffin Centre. That’s 50 cents per kilometre.

There are three ways to make a donation

  1. Call 416.222.1153 (Visa & Mastercard)
  2. Visit
  3. Mail a cheque to 24 Silverview Dr. North York Ontario, M2M 2B3
    Please make cheques payable to Griffin Centre and address the envelope to “Going the Distance for Mental Health”

Only a couple more days to go. Can’t wait.

One Response

  1. Hey! Good luck on your adventure Martin! I think it’s amazing that you’re doing this in order to raise money for the Griffin Centre…they are a great organization…I did a placement and some relief work with them a few years ago

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