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Two stories on the show today about people on a journey. The first, about a man cycling across Canada to raise awareness about mental illness. The second, about a runner whose goal is to complete a marathon in every US State and every Canadian province and territory. When Gary spoke with them, both were close to reaching their goals.

Carol, Lindsay & Mel Thompson

Carol, Lindsay & Mel Thompson

60-year-old Mel Thompson spent the summer on a 100 day journey across Canada.  Thompson, along with his wife Carol and daughter Lindsay participated in The Ride for Mental Health to raise awareness about mental illness and get people talking about the issues surrounding it.

Although mental illness affects one in five Canadians at some point in their lives, there is still a social stigma attached to mental illness that keeps many people from seeking the help they need. It is the disease that no one likes to talk about, but it has a devastating impact on people who suffer from it, their families and society in general.  The Ride for Mental Health aims to bring the issues of mental illness out in the open, get people to share their own experiences with it, and debunk the myths and misconceptions of mental illness. In addition to raising awareness, The Ride for Mental Health aims to raise $250,000 to support mental health programs across Canada.

Mel Thompson understands first-hand the struggles of dealing with mental illness. His ride is inspired by his daughter Lindsay, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder as a teenager. “No one is immune from mental illness and when it hits you, or someone you love, you are never prepared,”says Thompson. “But there is treatment and recovery and that is how our family stays optimistic. Lindsay hopes to one day be able to return to school and work and we hope these dreams will come true.”

Charlie Viers

Charlie Viers

68 year old Charlie Viers from Louisiana loves running, especially in marathons. He’s completed a marathon in every state and has almost bagged a marathon in every province and territory in Canada. Charlie is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club. So what keeps this guy running? That’s what Gary wanted to find out when he spoke with Charlie in our ‘Runners’ segment.

We’ll also check in with Gidzilla in Florida through her Mullberry Bush blog. The music featured in this episode is by Uncle Seth. Please take a few minutes and fill out the Association for Downloadable Media survey and email us with your comments and stories of outdoor adventure at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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We’re going to Montreal on today’s show to talk about cycling. Herve′ Grosdemanche and Victoria Burns live and bike in Montreal. They say the city is bicycle friendly and a great place to ride. They have a number of bikes and use them as their major means of transportation. Herve′ and Victoria ride to and from work every day, use them to go to the store and they bike for recreation. They love going on long rides. These two cycling enthusiasts say everyone should ride a bike every day.

We have more of your comments, outdoor adventures and story suggestions.  Podsafe music this week from Steve Dreher and Friends.  Contact Gary at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

Victoria and Herve′

Victoria and Herve′

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Doing Stuff Outdoors-100

This is the 100th edition of DSO. Gary had hoped to produce a special anniversary show complete with balloons and fireworks to celebrate. Well it isn’t going to happen, on this show at least. But plans are underway for a special anniversary edition of DSO down the road and you can learn more about it on todays show.
Also today, a road report from cyclists Eric and Elaine Hendrickson from Presque Isle, Maine. And on the ‘Runners’ segment Gary talks to 70 year old Frank Kelly and his daughter Marta. He started running in his late 60’s and wore a pair of hiking boots on his first race. Frank must have caught the running bug because he and Marta ran the Boston Marathon together this year.
We’ll tell you about a new podcast called Rock and Trail Tales. Music on the show this week from Grayscale and Sickboys and Lowmen.
Send along your comments and stories of outdoor adventure to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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Marta and Frank

Marta and Frank

This is the 100th edition of DSO. Gary had hoped to produce a special anniversary show complete with balloons and fireworks to celebrate. Well it isn’t going to happen, on this show at least. But plans are underway for a special anniversary edition of DSO down the road and you can learn more about it on todays show.

Also today, a road report from cyclists Eric and Elaine Hendrickson from Presque Isle, Maine. And on the ‘Runners’ segment Gary talks to 70 year old Frank Kelly and his daughter Marta. He started running in his late 60’s and wore a pair of hiking boots on his first race. Frank must have caught the running bug because he and Marta ran the Boston Marathon together this year.

We’ll tell you about a new podcast called Rock and Trail Tales. Music on the show this week from Grayscale and Sickboys and Lowmen.

Send along your comments and stories of outdoor adventure to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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Elaine and Eric Hendrickson

Elaine and Eric Hendrickson

Eric and Elaine Hendrickson are active, outdoors people in their mid 50’s. They live in Presque Isle, Maine. They ski, hike, paddle, go geocaching, mess about in caves and much more. They love outdoor adventures and Gary met up with them part way through a cycling trip of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. We also have a comment about an unusual outdoor event in Tulsa, Oklahoma and music from Sean Fournier.

Send in your comments and outdoor adventures to doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca.

Next time…. show 100.

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Our feature interview today is with Dan Coons of New Hampshire. This spring he and his wife spent a week in southwestern France. They rented bikes and toured the countryside, visiting medieval hilltop towns from the 13th century.  They found that traveling around by bicycle opened up interaction with the locals that they would never have seen had they confined their traveling to rental cars and walking around the towns.

Music on the show from a French band called Fresh Body Shop and comments about climbing Maine’s Mount Katahdin in winter and spending time in the outdoors with your dog.

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Photo by Rob Thomson

Photo by Rob Thomson

On the show today a feature interview with Rob Thomson, a young New Zealander who just finished cycling and skateboarding 20,000 km solo around the world. Here is Rob’s description of his adventure from his webpage, 14 Degrees Off the Beaten Track.

A JOURNEY OF OPPORTUNITIES – Welcome to my website about my journey around the world by bicycle and skateboard. I am an ex-office worker, and I never intended to travel all the way around the world. I certainly never expected to end up breaking a long distance skateboarding world record!

What started as a 12,000km cycle journey across the Eurasian continent quickly became a very different kind of challenge.

Photo by Rob Thomson

Photo by Rob Thomson

I began in July 2006 by cycling 12,000km from Japan to Switzerland across some of the most remote and hostile environments I had ever experienced. I endured -23 degrees Celsius daytime temperatures, cycled over 4,600m high passes, and put up with some of the most frustrating bureaucracies perhaps in the whole world.

However, on the 25th of June 2007, almost a year since I set out from Japan on my recumbent bicycle, I sent my bicycle home and started out again on a longboard skateboard.

I ended up successfully doing what had never been attempted before; I skateboarded solo and unassisted across Europe, North America, and China. On the 28th of September 2008 I finally arrived in Shanghai after skating just over 12,000km (7,500 miles). The previous world record for distance skateboarding was 5,800km.

I started this journey in 2006 hoping to experience the world at large in it’s most raw forms from a bicycle seat. What I got was a humbling, often exhausting, and always challenging journey into my own soul. These two years were physically, mentally, and emotionally the most difficult years of my life.

Photo by Rob Thomson

Photo by Rob Thomson

Also on the show, comments from Mark Coughlin about skiing in The English Lake District. Check out the video.  And music from Blake Morgan.

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Playing in the Backyard

We’re being pummeled with another winter storm today. It’s been coming down heavy all day. We’re expecting 20 to 25 cm followed by strong winds and blowing snow reducing visibility tonight. The bad part is tomorrow morning the temperature is supposed to rise and the snow turn to ice pellets through freezing rain and then to rain. The good news is the base is so deep a little rain won’t hurt it and there’s more snow in the forecast. I’m in heaven with all this early winter snow. I’ve skied almost every day for the past week. I was planning to head to the backcountry this afternoon but the roads are too slippery. So I took a lesson from from Travis Roberts of the Skiing At Home webpage. We featured him on the podcast Doing Stuff Outdoors-27. He runs his own backyard ski area, complete with rope tow lift on a farm in Virginia.

I live on a hill and my backyard has a decent incline to it. So I slapped on the telemark skis and played in the yard for an hour this afternoon. I admit I felt a little foolish. I’m sure my neighbours wondered why a 53 year old man would be playing in the snow like a kid. Who cares. It wasn’t quite steep enough but I was still able to link a few turns through the powder between the trees in the yard. It’s nice to know I can ski at home if I want to.

From snow to sand now. Here’s a photograph Andrew Cameron sent along from his 12,000 km bike ride from Cairo to Cape Town in Africa. Listen to his interview on Doing Stuff Outdoors-31.

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