Sidebar: Letters from home

One of my biggest fears when I embarked upon this journey was that I would be lonely. But there have been very few times that I’ve had that feeling of loneliness. I’ve met really interesting people along the way and I’ve always felt that I’m in close touch with my friends and loved ones. With cell phones, Facetime, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging and my blog there are many ways to stay in touch.

Most people are shy about leaving comments on a blog. Don’t be shy. It’s the interactive aspect of blogs that make them so popular.

I’ve also received a lot of emails and they’re really appreciated.

I’ve received emails from my brother out West letting me know that his family reads my blog every day and he keeps me updated on his family. Perry sent me the lovely art work from my neice Hannah. She’s so talented.

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Artist: Hannah Schmitt (use only with permission)

My brother Cliff in Pickering sends me notes of encouragement and promised to cook Bison for me (he’s a great cook.

I’ve received emails from our friends Ray and Elaine, and Cecile and Brian telling me how much they are enjoying my blog and encouraging me to continue. Vicki forwarded me a message from my cousin Brigitte in Germany informing us that her niece Sandra won a gold medal in the special Olympics. Fantastic!

I also received many emails from colleagues at work. Viviane’s mom offered me a place to stay over night in Ignace. Anthony gave me great recommendations on places to stay. Donna told me about Fort William in Thunder Bay. And there are many more.

But my favourite emails are from my Vicki, love letters really, telling me about her experiences while she was on a cruise with her mom in the Mediterranean. There was a pretty massive 10 hour time difference between us. I would fire off an email in the evening and I couldn’t wait to wake up to her reply early the next morning.

Vicki would regale me with the sights and sounds of such places as Santorini and Mykonos. Meanwhile I would tell her about climbing the Rogers Pass, Revelstoke, Golden and the fantasticaly interesting people I’ve met along the way. One thing we always had in common wasn’t the water or the rocks or the trees or the historic buildings but rather the amazing people we met along the way.

When I get back I plan to pull out everyone of those letters because they keep me pedalling day after day and they have come to form the colour and fabric of this journey.

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3 responses to “Sidebar: Letters from home

  1. Chris: I’m following your journey (via blog) too!

  2. Cécile

    Haaa, Chris, I’m starting to know you on another level reading your blog. You are truly an amazing person and I am so grateful that you are my “friend”. You’re an amazing person and I’ll say it over and over, I love reading your blogs. I may not right you a note every time but I do read your journey and always find something different to read. I can’t wait to hear your story “live” but part of me would like you to continue and continue so I can read more. I think I’ll be sort o “sad” once you are at the end of this journey, but or a good reason of course LOL….PS. Aren’t you happy to have gone through Manitoba already? It could’ve been disaster for you.

    • Cecile, I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to write about but then something happens and it comes to me, like yesterday’s entry about Lake Superior beach. Other times I have an idea and it takes a while before I get a chance to put down on paper, like the “letters from home” post. Either way, I just write what I feel. It comes from the heart.

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