At 2504km and counting, an impressive coast-to-coast cycling journey has reached the Wheat City.
In the name of raising awareness and funds for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, Swiss-born Ontario resident Walter Reich set out alongside wife Regula just over a month ago on a planned Pacific-to-Atlantic journey.
The two retired business owners left Tofino on Vancouver Island on April 12, Walter on bicycle and Regula in the couple’s motorhome. Though one might describe the weather in Brandon today as iffy from a cycling perspective, Walter says they’ve been quite fortunate overall thus far in that regard with the biggest challenge being headwinds in Saskatchewan to go with a touch of spring snowfall.
Parkinson’s was chosen as the cause for the journey because two of Walter’s family members live with the disease. Prior to this initiative, the avid cyclist’s longest ride was Italy’s famed 298km stretch between Milan and San Remo.
The trip continues East toward Winnipeg tomorrow, with the plan to use Highway 2 and avoid the Trans Canada where possible. By the time all is said and done the intent is to reach Newfoundland toward the end of July, a trip that will have spanned approximately 8,000km.
More on the journey can be read at https://www.gofundme.com/walter-and-giant