Monday, September 1, 2008

A Bear Named Winnie and a 70 km day!!.....

"If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold onto it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality."
               -Dan Millman, Way of The Peaceful Warrior
In August 1914, a trapped Bear Cub was sold for $20 to Canadian Captain Harry Colebourn, in White River, ON while enroute to England during the First World War. He named the bear Winnipeg, in recognition of his hometown, and she gained unofficial recognition as a regimental mascot. Colbourne left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit fought in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo. A few years later, a boy named Christopher Robin, would name his favourite stuffed bear after Winnie and the rest is history.
Today, Terry and I ran through White River and for the Labour Day Weekend have been staying in town at the Continental Motel.  The food at their restaurant is some of the best I've experienced on the run.  As the title of the blog suggests, Terry and I did run and roll over 70 kms today.  The evening run north of White River was a very different landscape.  There was a lot of evidence of damage caused by forest fires from a decade ago.  The land is very scarce and barren but new growth is maturing thanks to many tree plant programs over the thousands of acres.

It was a quiet night on Highway 17 so Terry decided to live on the edge!  This is a Run The Dream first and last! Don't try this at home!

The Dream Continues....And Rolls On...From the right side of the yellow line!!


Tammy said...

Terry...this does not surprise me!!
Too funny!!
Take care guys! You are doing awesome!! I am sooooo proud of both of you!!

Barb Underhill said...

Hey Howie!!! Greetings from Clarkson! Just wanted to let you know we have been following your journey and are so proud of what you have accomplished so far. I must admit when you told me about this I though you were (just a bit) crazy (and I still do) are also truly amazing and an inspiration to anyone with a dream. Congrats! and we'll see you when you get Back...Cheers!!!!
Barb Underhill

Andrea said...

Terry - where the hell is your flag???????