In March 2017 we began cycling from Lisbon, Portugal to Auckland, New Zealand, to complete a circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, begun with our trip across Canada in 2013. Our intended route was through southern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus, India and south-east Asia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The trip was interrupted in May when Paul was hit by a car in Italy. As of October 2, five months after the collision, we are back en route, starting where we left off in Pietre Ligure, Italy. The mode of transportation will change for the time being while Paul’s recuperation continues. We will be walking and taking trains and buses, but plan to resume cycling in Australia, if not before.
Fundraising for Parkinson’s Disease
We decided that the Lisbon-Auckland trip should be used to draw attention to and raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease. Any donations made in connection with this cycle trip will be directed to the Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC). We chose this cause having witnessed the toll of this disease over the past 25 years on our good friend, Margaret deGrace, a close friend of Lois since childhood. Marg convinced us of the quality of the programs and research funded by PSBC which benefit many people.
We have set up an event page on the PSBC webpage labelled Shifting Gears for Parkinson’s. People wishing to show their support for our ride by donating to PSBC may do so via the “donate to PSBC” button below. As a significant portion of the funds donated will be dedicated to research, fundraising will benefit people living with Parkinson’s anywhere, not just in our home city. We are grateful for any donations made to to PSBC on our behalf and for spreading the word about this event.