Its a wrap...our vacation of 2009 is all done!!
and we were at the storage lot in Maple Ridge at just before 1:00 pm.
It was uneventful, easy drive!..Well easy for me..I just sit in the passenger seat..
and keep the driver entertained.. The sun was shining and there was not too much traffic on the roads that lead to home.
Today was the annual Subaru Ironman ..a very busy time in the Osoyoos, Penticton area and we passed many rest areas for the athletes on our route through the Similkameen Valley. There was over 2600 participants and over 4000 volunteers.
The athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Quite the feat to actually finish this race!!
We have been one of those 4000 volunteers helping at the rest stops. We started volunteering in 2003 and Doug helped last year at the Harker's Organic Fruit Ranch rest stop in Cawston, B.C..just a few miles from his brother's home in Keremeos.
Here is an excerpt from the Subaru Ironman Canada website...
‘When the cannon called "Maranatha" fires at 7 AM on the last Sunday before Labour Day, more than 2,000 athletes will embark on the long day that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run in Penticton, British Columbia.
Since it began as an "ultra-distance" event in 1983, Ironman Canada has been a popular fixture on the triathlon "map".
The race starts at Okanagan Lake Beach, which offers one of the widest swim starts of any Ironman race in the world ... a necessary feature, considering Sunday's race will likely have more people heading off at once than any other Ironman!
After exiting the water, the riders start the bike course with a gradual climb up Penticton's Main Street. Apart from one significant hill at about the 10-mile point (McLean Creek Road), the first 30 miles of the course are relatively flat or downhill.
It is one of the most beautiful bike courses in the world - the athletes enjoy incredible views of mountains and lakes almost throughout the ride -- but all that great scenery can distract the riders from the task at hand -- getting through those major climbs and descents!
Like the bike course, the run course is incredibly beautiful, but it also has its challenges! Even with the thousands of athletes, spectators, and volunteers that line the course, it is the beautiful scenery along this run course that stands out. The wonderful views provide a welcome distraction to the pain of the race.’
Doug would have loved to volunteer and receive the FREE T-SHIRT..another one to add to his collection..not so this year..our timing was off!!!..maybe next year??
Anyway, we are home safe and sound and ready to embark on another adventure if only work did not interfere with our RV lifestyle!!
We have driven over 6750 kilometers (4218 miles for our American readers) this summer since we left home mid July. We have seen lots of beautiful places, met some great people and have lots of fond memories of our summer of 2009...
stay tuned to BIGDAWG AND FREEWAY ...we will not be sitting idle for long..time to purge this place we call home!!!
just a little footnote..
I have also added a picture of Tucker with his "doggy cousins"..Chase, Nikki, Tucker and Bailey...this photo was taken in April 2009...and we all knew that it probably would be the last time that all four "doggy cousins' would be together...
.it is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge that Bailey has passed away...she had a great life living in Keremeos..rest in peace Bailey..we will miss you..
‘Just this side of heaven is a place called RAINBOW BRIDGE...
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....’