We are a couple of self-styled espresso aficionados in our mid-70’s, based in Victoria, Canada. Paul Gully is a (mostly retired) public health physician, who continues an interest and involvement in public health issues. Lois Leslie, a human rights lawyer, is retired from paid employment but enthusiastically engages in pro-bono international human rights research and writing. When not working or adventure-seeking, we love to spend time with our family in Victoria and Ottawa.
We became hooked on cycle-touring when cycling across Canada, in 2013. Since then, we have cycled from Vancouver to Monterey, California and from Lands End, England to John O’Groats, Scotland. Between March 2017 and September 2018, we travelled by bicycle, foot and public transportation In Europe, Asia and Australasia, (Lisbon to Auckland), using the trip to draw attention to and raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, Shifting Gears for Parkinson’s.
In September 2018, we completed our Shifting Gears for Parkinson’s trip, returning to Victoria to settle into our new condo, community and city, which we are finding pleasantly cycle-friendly. Our travels were largely suspended for a time, partly as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, but also after Lois was diagnosed in early 2020 with advanced metastatic ovarian cancer. (Lois’ experience with Ovarian Cancer is described on her Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope page.)
Thankfully, Lois responded well to chemotherapy and surgery and remained cancer-free for 3 years, allowing us to set off in the spring of 2023 to walk part of the Via Francigena. We were forced to shorten that walk, however, when Lois began to experience symptoms indicating a possible recurrence of Ovarian Cancer. A CT scan on our return confirmed our suspicions and Lois underwent another 6 months of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the treatment was less effective this time, consistent with the present trajectory of this disease. So, recognizing we are on borrowed time, we are off on another adventure! In late February, 2024, we will head to Morocco and then to Spain, England, Ireland and Scotland, in search of sun, healing and the joy of new experiences.