Ontario is a big province, cyclists report
We last told you about Marvin and Loretta Wideen back in June, when the 65-year old cyclists were seen leaving Russell, Manitoba on their cross-country cycling trip. Their son Brian reports that the courageous couple have traveled close to 3,000 km through the four western provinces, and are now leaving Ontario after five weeks and another 2,000 kms.
“Ontario has represented about 40 percent of their entire trip,” says Brian Wideen, “and it gave them everything: narrow roads, steep hills, hot weather, freeways, thunderstorms, wind. It also gave them a great sense of accomplishment, a real sense of growing awareness for both their ride and schizophrenia, and encounters with fellow adventurers crossing the country by bicycle, foot and car.”
The Wideens are riding across Canada in support of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. Brian reports that the couple have had “overwhelming support and kindness”, and are particularly grateful to the Schizophrenia Society members who have helped all across Ontario, with a rally of 30 supporters on Parliament Hill last month..