April 27

April 27th, 2007

I’m finally in Kingston working with my parents on the final preparations before the Skate For Hope begins!


I’ve been incredibly busy over the past few days, so I’m sorry if I haven’t responded to some of your e-mails yet. I’ll get to you soon! I’ll have a few days of driving in the RV, so I’ll be able to get caught up.


The flight from Vancouver to Toronto was great. I’ve never flown WestJet before, but I was happy with the service. My parents were waiting for me when I landed. Somehow they even managed to get through the security doors into the baggage claim area! Leave it to my dad to find a way in.


We arrived at my sisters house in Maple just as she was getting home from work. It’s only been 4 months since I’ve seen my sister and baby niece, but it felt fantastic to see them again. My niece has grown so much more! She’s just a year old, but she running around the house like a champ!


After dinner, my dad and I drove over to Bolton to pick up the RV (Thank you again CSV Transport). It is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a 1978 Ford. I can’t wait to get it on the road.


When we got it back to my sisters place, My buddies, Adam and Matt, met me there to wish me well on my travels. It was really good to see Adam before I start on this trip. After all, he is the inspiration.


I had to stay up late that night to catch Game 1 of the Canucks vs Duck series. I should have just gone to bed. The Canucks looked like they were sleeping, anyway.


In the morning, we got up and headed for Kingston. We took our time since we don’t want to push the RV too hard. It has a very large gas tank and is insanely expensive to fill. I figure that fuel will be the most expensive part of the entire journey. So if anyone reading this owns a gas station or oil company and wants to donate some fuel, please e-mail me!!!


We spent the rest of the day cleaning out the RV, packing and running errands. One of the errands was to find a company who could print a sign that can be fastened on the RV to display my website. I had received a quote in Vancouver for a single banner roughly 6 feet long and 2 feet tall for $120. I figured I should have a sign on both sides and the back. So I was prepared to spend roughly $300-$400. I found a Kingston company who prints signs and actually stick the vinyl letters directly onto the RV. This seemed like a better alternative than just using some bungee chords to hold a banner on. But I knew it would also be pricey. I took the RV over to their shop for an estimate. When I told them what I was doing and what I needed, they decided to give me all the material for free!! And the man who actually puts the letters on offered to donate his time for the labour! They are an unbelievable company and did a fantastic job in a short time. I have a few pictures of the finished work and will be posting those shortly. Thank you Jet Signs! You guys are amazing.


Last night I made my first public appearance. I was invited to be a guest speaker at an Optimists Club meeting. If you don’t know what the Optimists Club is, they are group of people who are devoted to helping the youth in their area in anyway they can. They were all very receptive and seemed to enjoy hearing about my upcoming journey. Thanks for having me, Optimists!


Well, I’ve got to get back to packing now. Still a lot of work before we head to Newfoundland on Sunday.

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One Response to “April 27”

  1. Jewels Says:

    keep telling people what you are doing!!! Hopefully some will just give you 20 bucks for gas 🙂 Can’t wait to see the retro RV!!! Fantastic!

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