B.C. cy­clist ends odyssey

Trav­els across Canada for First Na­tions youth

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Anne Thomas placed the front wheel of her bike into the At­lantic Ocean on a Hal­i­fax beach Fri­day, mark­ing the end of a 6,200-kilo­me­tre odyssey across Canada.

The young ad­ven­turer, who lives in Whistler, B.C., pow­ered across moun­tains, prairies and forests — even dodg­ing a tor­nado in Al­berta — in her quest to raise money for First Na­tions youth.

“It’s just such a dif­fer­ent pace, to do things on a bike,” said Thomas, adding that she met many dif­fer­ent peo­ple on her voy­age.

She has raised nearly $5,000 of a $20,000 goal so First Na­tions youth at risk of get­ting in trou­ble can at­tend an ac­tion camp through the WE youth and en­vi­ron­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The camp will teach youth healthy pur­suits in their com­mu­ni­ties, such as build­ing a com­mu­nity gar­den, us­ing trained coun­sel­lors to teach them skills.

Driv­ing Thomas’s jour­ney was an en­dur­ing faith in her fel­low Cana­di­ans.

“Cana­di­ans are amaz­ing and what bet­ter year to do it than the 150th (birth­day) of Canada,” said Thomas.

She started her jour­ney on May 21 in Vic­to­ria, B.C.

The tough­est part of her jour­ney was rid­ing across the Prairies and fac­ing con­stant head­winds that slowed her down. This was cou­pled with thun­der­storms and bad weather that also slowed her.

Nonethe­less, she crossed the Prairie prov­inces in two-and-a-half weeks.

Her route took her over the Great Trail, a coast-to-coast net­work for bik­ers, hik­ers, snow­mo­bile en­thu­si­asts, horse rid­ers, pad­dlers and cross-coun­try skiers.

CHRON­I­CLE HER­ALD PHOTO

Anne Thomas placed the front wheel of her bike into the At­lantic Ocean on a Hal­i­fax beach Fri­day, mark­ing the end of a 6,200-kilo­me­tre odyssey across Canada.

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