In Prince Edward Island on Monday, Joel Paul MacLean was killed when a van pulled out in front of him. His passenger - his wife Karyn has been transported to hospital in Halifax NS.

Your prayers for Karyn would be deeply appreciated. Their good friend Alan Hearn Jr has asked for everyone who can to pray for her.

We also have a prayer request for David Gentle, formerly of Northern Lights Christian Riders, CMA Edmonton Chapter, who had a CAT Scan yesterday and today got a call to see a neurosurgeon immediately due to a tumor found on his brain.

As sad and tragic as this news is - I know, 100 per cent - with out a doubt that I can count on this community to send out their prayers for love, protection and strength and I thank you all deeply for being the kind of community we can all count on when the chips are down and things look their bleakest.

I guess - next to the freedom of the road and the rumble of my machine that what I love best about being a biker/rider is the community - the people... you guys and dolls - the riders who share with me that bike hole in your heart.

As I plan my first cross country trip by motorcycle - I am hoping to hear from some international magazines here shortly and the CTC and a ton of others - I am reaching out to you, my community for help.

If all goes well I will have 3-6 international journalists as well as Daryl Makk and his Planet Tour joining me on this ride (All hinging on assistance from the CTC and the Canadian Riding Community). Of course along the way we will be picking up the Ontario Chrome Divas with their Pink Ribbon Guitar initiative, Shaun de Jager from Road Awareness and the kids from the Bernice MacNaughton High School Bike Klub.

We need sponsors for fuel and food - we need riding clubs who would be willing to help us sell tickets to Daryl's Comedy nights in the various cities and towns we stop in and we need local riders willing to show us around their communities.

I want to treat these journalists to some good old fashioned Canadian Riding Community hospitality. We want the Comedy Nights that Daryl hosts to be filled with riders so that the journalists have a good sense of just how strong this community here in Canada really is.
If you have never seen Daryl on Comedy Now, Just for Laughs or in person - OMG you are missing one very funny man!

If you are interested in getting involved with us and our Awareness Conga - please get in touch with me.

Our dates and towns are:

Grande Prairie to Edmonton - August 10th - we will be stopping in Athabasca for a press conference on the way to Edmonton

Edmonton to Regina  August 11/12th- with a stop in Saskatoon for a press conference - we'd love the Saskatoon Riding Community and the Regina Riding communities to come out and say hi!
This is where we hook up with Daryl Makk on his Planet Tour!
We need to sell out the Comedy Venue - Applause Dinner Theater

Brandon MB - August 13th

Winnipeg 14/15 - Comedy show venue to be announced

Thunderbay ON - August 16th

Sault St Marie - August 17th

Manitoulin Islands - Little Current ON - August 18th

Owen Sound - August 19th

Barrie ON - August 20th

Toronto - August 21/22nd

Petawawa/Ottawa ON - August 23rd

Montreal - August 24/25th

Quebec City - August 26th

Fredricton NB - August 27th

Moncton NB - August 28th

Halifax NS - August 29/30th

Digby NS August 31st - September 6th - the Wharf Rat Rally!!!!!!

Charlottetown PEI - Dates to be announced

Now remember folks - NOTHING is written in stone until our sponsors for rooms etc are firmed up which if all goes well should be today and tomorrow.
I can't wait to meet so many people that I only converse with via phone and computer - this is going to be an amazing ride!

We encourage all riders to use the Go Travel Canada Web Site to book their hotel rooms - we'd love to see you join us for the ride be it for an hour, a day a leg or the whole trip!

We will be accepting donations for the Give the Kids the World Village - although it is labeled by many as an American Charity it actually serves terminally ill children from around the world. Our goal on this, our very first Awareness Conga - is to send one terminally ill child and their family from Canada to experience the magic of the village and Orlando's Disney World.

Your assistance will be key in making that happen!  

Let's get together as proud Canadians and Bikers to show the world how beautiful our country is and how strong our community is - COME ON CANADA!

In other news:
In Quebec - BRP is willing to refund the cost of a driver education course to anyone who buys a new Can Am Spyder! Now there's an idea whose time has come - if we could convince all motorcycle manufacturers to do that - wouldn't that be a step in the right direction!

Trev Deeley Motorcycles hosted the Westminster Diocese for an interesting evening.

Zero Motorcycles is being debuted in Canada this weekend at the Toronto International Spring Show!

The man responsible for the deaths of two Vancouver Island Motorcyclists appeared in court yesterday.

If you are fortunate enough to be riding today, please ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you and is in fact out to get you. Oh and please remember that to get respect we must first give it - use that throttle hand wisely.

Belt Drive Betty
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