We have been in St. John’s for a few days and have seen lots of interesting things and met a lot of interesting people so it’s time to move on, heading for Ottawa. Today started off with a careful check of the weather; not good. A weather system is moving across Newfoundland so we decided to spend another day in town. This gave us time to take care of some logistics, such as having business cards printed for NavPath and for our Canada 150 Flight, and working on the Blog.
A nice young man, David, stopped by for a chat and it turned out that he is the concierge at the hotel and when he heard our story he wrote down our information telling us that he would get back to us with some interesting arrangements. Interesting indeed, as he had arranged for a meeting with the Newfoundland Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore. Now that’s amazing. But wait, there’s more!
David’s father is a politician in Ottawa, the Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George J. Furey. His office is expecting us to contact them on arrival in Ottawa.
We had dipped our Canada Flag in the water in Victoria Harbour on July 1st at the beginning of our journey, so now in St. John’s on August 1st at the end of the journey, it was time to dip the flag in the water in St. John’s Harbour.
It was suggested that we should go to a small park on the harbour front to visit the Terry Fox Memorial where we could access the water. This marks the spot where Terry dipped his foot in the Atlantic Ocean and began his run across Canada, The Marathon of Hope, to raise cancer awareness and funds for cancer research. Sadly, Terry never made it to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean.
We were not able to access the water, however, we had a very pleasant surprise. There was a group of people gathered at the memorial surounding a young man with a bicycle. This man, Matthew Pike, had just completed a ride across Canada, beginning in Vancouver on June 6th. Matthew was riding to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation, in recognition of his cousin, Craig, who lost his battle with Spina Bifida a few years ago. Today, August 1st would have been his birthday. It became somewhat emotional when Craig’s mother began to sing Happy Birthday.
So it was a truly interesting, and amazing, day indeed. Tomorrow we fly!