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. We decided that the Lisbon-Auckland trip should be used to draw attention to and raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). 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 dear friend, Margaret deGrace. Marg convinced us of the quality of the programs and research funded by PSBC, which benefit many people.
The trip was interrupted in May 2017, when Paul was hit by a car in Italy. On October 2, five months after the collision, we were back en route, starting where we left off in Pietre Ligure, Italy. The mode of transportation changed while Paul’s recuperation continued. Our travels took us by foot, train and bus through Italy, Austria, Eastern Europe, Greece and Cyprus. After Christmas in France, we spent New Years in Dubai and then a month travelling through India. Sadly, our trip was interrupted once again when Lois’ 97-year old mother passed away on February 1, 2018. On March 30, our friend Marg died suddenly, from complications from PD.
So, it is with heavy hearts that we resume our trip on May 2. We will fly from Victoria to Seoul, South Korea. Missing out south east Asia and China, we intend to cycle through South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, returning to BC by mid-September 2018.
Fundraising for Parkinson’s Disease
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 PD anywhere, not just in our home city. We are grateful for any donations made to PSBC on our behalf and for spreading the word about this event.
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