Edmonton Journal

Go-getters have grand 2015 plans

- Nick Lees

Ron and Judy Brown say they will almost certainly sleep in a cemetery while logging about 15,000 kilometres on a coast-to-coast motorbike trip in 2015.

Edmontonia­ns have many ambitions for the New Year. But it’s doubtful if many will see as much pavement as the Browns.

In July, they plan to motorbike to Prince Rupert, B.C. to fish. After returning to Edmonton for a few days, they’ll head east to St. John’s, N.L. They’ll complete their trip by riding home via the U.S.

“We both love the sense of freedom we experience on a motorbike,” says Brown, founder and president of Shippers Supply Inc.

“We enjoy the beauty of the scenes we find ourselves in and the smell of grass and crops growing,” he says.

The couple bought their Honda Goldwing trike motorbike in June 2014, and immediatel­y made a 15,000km round trip to San Diego.

“We pull a unit behind us that can become a full-blown trailer in 20 seconds. Sometimes when we can’t find a campsite, we park in a cemetery car park.

“If questioned, we say we have come to pay our respects to Aunt Ella. We have never been questioned further.”

The couple, both Rotarians who had known each other for several years, married last August. For their honeymoon they took a 1,200-km round trip to Blue River, B.C., to jet boat on their honeymoon.

“We communicat­e by radio and mikes in our helmets,” says Brown. “We also love listening to music. We have numerous CDs and can listen to 26,000 songs on iPhone.

“I like classical music, Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash. Judy particular­ly likes Elvis.”

The couple are equally comfortabl­e when Brown, whose company manufactur­es and delivers packaging supplies and warehouse equipment, pilots their Mooney Ovation “C-Box” aircraft.

“I like to fly to personally visit customers all over Western Canada, B.C., the Northwest Territorie­s, the Yukon and the Arctic,” says Brown. “Judy is great company. She never screams.”

mayor vs . mountain

Jasper Mayor Richard Ireland, currently recovering from knee surgery, hopes to be fit enough this summer to make the summit of 3,300-metre Mount Edith Cavell. “The mountain was named for British nurse Edith Cavell, executed by the Germans after saving the lives of soldiers from both sides during the First World War and helping Allied soldiers escape,” says Ireland. “The Cavell Nurses Trust from England is sending a delegation to Jasper to mark her death and I hope to be able to join a climbing party. It’s been a few years since I’ve done any mountainee­ring, but I’ve climbed the east ridge of Cavell several times.”

fath e r- son c l imb

University of Alberta board chair Doug Goss is going to get high in 2015. “To celebrate graduation of my 22-year-old son Mike from the U of A, we will be going on a father-son mountain-climbing trip on Tanzania’s 19,341-feet-high (5,895 metres) Mount Kilimanjar­o. We will need to train. Altitude is definitely an issue and affects everyone differentl­y.”


Hoping to make a rewarding splash early in the new year is Jack Little, who stepped down recently after serving 13 years as executive director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival. “Just before Christmas I returned from Puerto Vallarta, where Investors Group regional director Ray Dallaire and I went deepsea fishing. It was raining and so cold that we turned an eight-hour trip into a twohour outing without wetting a line. In February, I will be trying my luck in Maui.”

ton of trave l

Getting lots more stamps in his passport will be Dave Majeski, the Royal Bank of Canada real estate and constructi­on vice-president who has chaired Edmonton’s Gold Medals Plates gala the last four years: “My wife Laura and I will be on safaris in Kenya and Tanzania in January and will visit Zanzibar and Istanbul. We purchased the package this year at a fundraiser for the Aga Khan Foundation, a not-for-profit internatio­nal developmen­t agency. We will later spend three weeks in Tuscany hosting guests who bought the trip in April at the sold-out Gold Medals Plates dinner.”



Dave Mowat, ATB president and CEO, is going to the dogs next year. “I am taking on the role of puppy raiser for Dogs With Wings. It involves raising a Labrador puppy for 12 to 14 months, during which they undergo extensive training. The dogs will become assistance dogs for blind, autistic and disabled people. It is truly remarkable what this organizati­on and these dogs are able to do to create independen­ce for these people. While I’m sure I will cry when he ‘graduates’ and moves on, the job he will do is truly amazing.”

 ?? Supplied ?? Ron and Judy Brown plan to touch both coasts in 2015 with a ride from Prince Rupert, B.C., to St. John’s, N.L.
Supplied Ron and Judy Brown plan to touch both coasts in 2015 with a ride from Prince Rupert, B.C., to St. John’s, N.L.
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