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  • Day 100 – 47.9 km (total 2445.1 km) | Take Me Outside
    Every single time And today of all days it not only needed the jumper cables but the generator as well It took her an hour to get the RV going and as a result couldn t make it out to me before I got back to the RV she was a little frustrated But nonetheless she lit the candles we had a little sip of the bubbly stuff and I took a fork to one of my favourite things a good chocolate cake I have a pretty good lung capacity from my trombone playing days so I was able to get all 3 candles out in one blow In some respects I feel like maybe the Canucks felt last night It feels amazing to get past the first round so to speak Sarah and I have been through and experienced a lot over the past 3 months and a bit and we re still out here That in and of itself can be celebrated We have spoken with over 6000 students and have done our best to share the message of Take Me Outside with integrity We have made it through a winter that decided to be epic and stick around longer than expected Celebrating our 100th day of the TMO Project And while there is cause to celebrate tomorrow is another day Another day of running for 5 hours Perhaps like the Canucks the celebration is short lived as there is much work still to be done We hope to visit with over 10 000 students in Ontario in the coming weeks And my legs are in a zone where I actually believe I can run to BC So today we celebrate We celebrate with friends and family who have been extremely supportive of this project We celebrate with

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  • Day 97/98 – 95.9 km (total – 2352.5 km) | Take Me Outside
    at home as well A cargo ship in the distance on the St Lawrence Thankfully I had parents who though much of the weekend revolved around church were kind enough to include an Easter egg hunt in the house It was always an exciting time but this particular year when I was twelve it included gifts for both me and my sisters aside from the chocolates hidden between the cushions of the couch I remember my dad handing me my gift It was my first baseball bat I loved baseball and at least in my memory I was on the verge of tears when my dad handed the bat to me And 20 years later as I look back I sense the significance of that gift which I still have buried in my basement Sure I loved that baseball bat and I used it every day to play box baseball in the park across the street with my good friend But it was a bat that signified time with my dad outside He would hit me fly balls with that bat so I could practice my catches I was an aspiring outfielder He would drag me out to the front lawn after dinner to play catch for 20 minutes This was a man who was deeply committed to his work as well as pursuing a doctoral degree But he made time to play catch with his son in the front yard On Easter Sunday after a well prepared service was given adult conversations were had in the lobby and eventually the doors were locked to the church and we were able to go home my dad made time to play baseball with me outside On this Easter weekend I wish for the world I could be with my family throwing

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  • Day 96 – 49.5 km (total – 2256.6 km) | Take Me Outside
    Day Crossing the bridge into Quebec Science has told us that the universe is expanding It always has and it always will But I heard an interview a couple of years ago on Quirks and Quarks hosted by Bob McDonald that attempted to have the listener think about the universe in reverse going back in time If we go back in time then the universe gets smaller and smaller each day each year each century What s hard to wrap your head around is the fact that when this explosion happened the Big Bang as we call it it was ever so small Too small to describe But for arguments sake let s say that it was smaller than the tip of a pen Incredible At least for me my mind has an extremely difficult time comprehending the Earth resulting in something smaller than the tip of a pen let alone the whole universe It s amazing I think there are several thoughts that come to mind for me but one that was asked in the interview was why there was an explosion in the first place Science doesn t have an answer for that it can t explain the why And the mystery in that intrigues me I will give credit to the author when I find out from my friend who it is but a quote was shared with me a couple of years ago that says Science is but a small island in a vast ocean of mystery I love finding out how different things in our world work But I also love the mystery that comes with it not knowing the why gives us the capacity to interpret to find meaning and reason Today we celebrate the Earth and all the amazing life that exists within

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  • Day 94/95 – 12.3 km (total – 2207.1 km) | Take Me Outside
    blizzard like conditions hit yesterday on April 20 in Levis Quebec I start to lose my cool And possibly my sanity And I don t want to complain wait maybe I do Maybe I want to tell you how difficult it is to sleep when big machines are plowing the parking lot all night long Beep beep beep It brought Sarah and I back to many of our nights in Newfoundland Maybe I want to tell you what living in an RV with no real heat is like how much a vehicle can rock back and forth in the wind I should really stop there are worse things There really are But I m realizing how profoundly the weather is affecting me I feel more connected to the weather than I ve ever been And I m sure once this whole experience is done there will be some good introspection that happens in regards to my relationship with the weather But for now Take Me Outside really wants to be inside Well that s not entirely true TMO would be grateful if spring was actually spring Koona has lost her winter coat and it just doesn t seem right that a husky is shivering at the end of April Anyway I m sure spring is just around the corner so I m told In the meantime I m going to go outside make a snowball hopefully my last one and try to knock some sense into Mother Nature I know bad idea From The Road Video Blogs TMO New Year Sunday 01 January 2012 18 40 Day numberless days Tuesday 01 November 2011 00 00 Day 274 279 212 6 km total 7524 5 km Sunday 23 October 2011 00 00 Lake Superior Video Blog Tuesday 02 August 2011 00

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  • Day 93 – 43.5 km (total – 2194.8 km) | Take Me Outside
    Winnipeg and one of my best friends had a cousin who lived on a farm outside of the city We went there for a weekend to visit and if memory serves correct his cousin must have been a bit older as I remember doing donuts in his car in one of the fields obviously that wasn t being cultivated The prairies have prairie dogs which can do a lot of damage to crops so one of the events of the weekend was to take a rifle and try to kill them as their heads popped up from the ground I don t remember that as much as I remember heading to a marshy area nearby and starting to shoot birds out of trees that were some distance away I remember being horrified as I watched birds fall from branches amidst the echo of the backfire I d like to say I was strong headed enough to voice my disapproval I wasn t I felt the need to fit in and so when I was handed the rifle I took a couple of shots H132 a little more peaceful in some ways To this day I honestly don t know whether I hit a bird or not I m hoping not But years later when I lived in Toronto there was a bird that got really tangled in some meshing behind our house I worked hard through so many tears to free that bird still feeling that guilt I had from the farm I had no intention of ever harming an animal again In fact I wanted to save as many as I could We all have different experiences with nature that help shape us For me it took a negative experience to help shape some of the views I now

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  • Day 91/92 – 62.8 km (total – 2151.3 km) | Take Me Outside
    And so after 3 months of running the TCH we re temporarily breaking up I have mixed feelings the TCH has become familiar and comfortable But for the next 2 weeks we ll spend some time apart which might not be so bad Oh TCH I ll miss you Today I ran through Saint Jean Port Joli on H132 It hugs the St Lawrence River and this particular area combines agriculture and art The farms are small and shaped to the land of rolling hills the sort of farms you d want to grow up on The endless shops and cafes that feature various artisans would provide a narrative for the history and culture of the area a history rich in culture In fact a culture rich in history Each house I passed would have an intriguing architectural story An eclectic mix of small and big old and new Rivers and smaller tributaries flowed through the properties on their way to the St Lawrence And the houses seemed to be peppered throughout the land among the many maples that hugged the river Maple trees that had buckets hanging waiting eagerly for the sap to flow I saw boys on bikes with fishing rods and the mud flats were still covered in ice blocks turned brown from the muddy waters It s tempting to say it was quaint but it was more than that It was an area that even after only spending a couple of hours running through left me wanting to spend more time there The flats of the St Lawrence Eventually I ll reunite with the TCH It has significance both for me and for this country And it s not as though I m cheating I m simply getting to know a new friend A friend who

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  • Day 90 – 45.6 km (total – 2088.5 km) | Take Me Outside
    I just wanted to share a short passage from Michael Ableman He is a farmer writer photographer organizer and educator I m not posting this to advocate what he s saying rather to spark some more thoughts about our education system Simply some food for thought Schools and farms have become a lot alike They have both become factories with assembly line controls and engineered inputs cranking out either grades and test scores or food The industrialization of our food system and the industrialization of our education system treat us all as if we are just consumers passively waiting to be fed disconnected information or prepackaged food But we cannot insure the well being of our children or the future in this way Raising whole young people is like raising good food It is a sacred practice it requires waking each day and seeing things anew responding to the moment listening paying attention observing We can push our kids and grade them and judge them and try to fit them into boxes just as we design tomatoes more so that they will fit into shipping boxes than for taste or nutrition But real learning and education will only come I believe when they are allowed to develop at their own speed given good nourishment and provided with a sense of belonging and place and some connection to the natural world Imagine what kind of world we could create if every junior high school student in North America learned about soil about health and nutrition about the physical environment in which they live Shouldn t they learn to grow their own food make heir own clothing build a structure and cook and shouldn t their education include community service These skills are not just about developing self sufficiency They provide young

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  • Day 88/89 – 34.9 km (total – 2042.9 km) | Take Me Outside
    I needed it I smiled as they drove away thinking that would actually be pretty cool but not necessary To unwind last night I decided to take in part of the Habs first playoff game I fumbled through the little French I knew to converse with servers and patrons in the spirit of making conversation and cheering on Les Canadiens I took French until I was in OAC oh the days of OAC in Ontario and my parents even had me in French immersion from grade 1 4 Conjugating verbs and remembering what is masculin and feminin eludes me for the most part but I m trying And being in a city that is Francophone reminded me of that time in French immersion I had a huge crush on my grade 4 homeroom teacher but similar to a New York Times article that Sarah directed me to surrounding playgrounds and recess a lot of my learning came in that schoolyard during non class hours Perhaps not the kind of learning that involved conjugating verbs but learning nonetheless And although I have some recollection of time in the classroom it s the time in the schoolyard I remember most Playing box baseball against the brick wall of the school with chalk outlines of the strike zone chasing girls for no apparent reason convincing girls to chase us for no apparent reason My first kiss even came in that schoolyard in grade 4 is that ok to say out loud I suppose when you don t use a language often for about 18 years it sort of goes on you And I regret that because it is such a great language to know and to converse in As we continue to make our way through Quebec I will enjoy some of those

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