doug2.gif (10065 bytes)doug3.gif (13559 bytes)St. John's or Bust !!
Chronicles of the 6,747 km cycling trip across Canada by two 65-year-young adventurers in the summer of 1999.

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courtesy Paul vanPeenan/Coquitlam Now

Monday, October 4, 1999 - Coquitlam, British Columbia

No More Updates. Check out my final summary, and Marv and Loretta's own reflections. In fact, skip my summary and read their reflections. A beautifully written statement about what it was all about. Should they write a book, that is how it should start.

Thanks for reading. For those of you who have been reading these pages regularly throughout the trip, thanks for the interest and kind words. I enjoyed creating this site, having some fun at my parents expense, and was motivated by watching the visitor count climb. I learned something about creating Web pages, and learned a lot about the geography of our country as I tracked Mom and Dad's progress.

Now, I can get on with my day-job.

Distance: 6,358 kms cycled; 6,747 kms traveled; 90 days cycling over a period of 130 days.

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Loretta and Marvin Wideen kicked off their retirement with a bike tour across Canada.  A mere 6,750 kms (or so) from Mile 0 in Victoria, BC to Mile 0 in St. John's, Newfoundland.  This bike ride had been a dream of theirs for years.  They first planned to do this for their 61st year, but work and timing meant their 66th year would be it.

They dedicated their trip to schizophrenia (see Schizophrenia Society of Canada).  If you are moved by their adventure, they would be pleased if you contributed to this society in the name of Wideen Ride.  You can mail cheques or money orders to:

    Wideen Ride
    c/o Schizophrenia Society of Canada
    75 The Donway West
    Suite 814
    Don Mills ON
    M3C 2E9

brian.jpg (9833 bytes)Who am I? I'm Brian, their eldest son (some would say their smartest and best looking son, but I digress.)  I used these pages to track their progress during the ride, providing daily updates.  Now that the ride is complete, these pages represent history.   See day-by-day chronology, sections of their personal logs (I left the juicy bits out), highlights of the trip, and even some pictures.