A 7,000 km journey in support of Aboriginal youth fitness

Eagle Plains to Vancouver Hospital

Thought that title would catch your attention. 

After 65 kms on Monday of easy cycling. I clipped my nephew’s wheel at a slow pace but went down like a ton of bricks. The right hip is fractured and the right shoulder blade is broken. Over the last 50 years, these wheel touches happen, but it’s the first time I’ve been hurt. The left side is great though I’d prefer a Rider’s high to the morphine I’m taking. 

After a couple days of transport (loaded into the van and drove back to Eagle Plains, medivac to Dawson, then Whitehorse, then Vancouver), I’m nicely settled in. Check out the view from my hospital room. Surgery is planned for Thursday. 

I’m in a lot of pain and my riding may be over for this trip but I intend to be at all the ceremonies along the route. My friend Brian will be picking up the riding torch (there may be more!)

We’re already setting up bike & ski programs across the country  and so much more can be done. Whether it’s a small or large amount, every donation makes a difference! 


  1. Meghan Reddick's Gravatar Meghan Reddick
    June 25, 2015    

    Oh Don,
    I’m so sorry to read about this horrible accident. You have such tremendous spirit and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  2. Michael Fill's Gravatar Michael Fill
    June 26, 2015    

    Our prayers for a successful set of surgeries to repair the physical damage that has occurred. Trust your spirit and heart will be reflected by the riders that fill in for you in this amazing cause. We will see you when you return to Mississauga.

  3. Karen's Gravatar Karen
    June 26, 2015    

    Hi Don. Sure glad you are doing okay, well sort of. We were in the car that stopped to help get you into the vehicle after the fall. Sad to hear you won’t finish the ride, but good to know you will be at the ceremonies. It is a good cause. In 2000 I cycle that route from Inuvik to Calgary in support of Autism.

  4. Sue's Gravatar Sue
    June 28, 2015    

    Here’s to a speedy recovery. We are cheering for you, Sue

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