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September 14, 2010

“Tour de Force” Road Stories

By: Heather @ 2:56 pm
Day 1 of the "tour de force"

Day 1 of the "tour de force"

A message from Joe Gagnon, on the road with “Tour de Force” to raise money for the children of fallen soldiers.

Hello Friends,

Well after 4 days and nearly 400 kms on my bike I must say it has been quite an experience thus far. Our ride has taken us along Lake Ontario and through many small communities. The views have been spectacular and the weather very cooperative. Other than the obvious physical challenge of getting up and exercising for 5 hours, what has made the tour such an awesome experience is the people I have met and my increased understanding of the military and the people behind the uniform they wear.

Day 2 of the "tour de force"

Day 2 of the "tour de force"

Along the way I have met up with numerous other cyclists. A few that stand out was this 75 year old man that has done 67,000kms on his bike and over 6000 so far this summer. He has literally pedaled all over the world. Although he looked a little on the wacky side, he was probably one of the happiest men I have ever met. I also met a couple of ladies from Iowa. They too have traveled all over the globe on their bikes. One was 69 and one was 73. I will never ever forget Norman Russell from Belleville. He is a 90 year old veteran from WW2 and is the picture of good living. He actually rode the first 20kms of our tour and joined us in a ball hockey game we had against the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. He was an absolute inspiration to us all and I had the privilege to chat with him numerous occasions over the couple days he was with us.

Day 4 of the "tour de force"

Day 4 of the "tour de force"

As I had mentioned earlier on, due to the cause we are cycling for, we have had the privilege of visiting military operations every evening on the tour. Our reception has been more than overwhelming and it has been a tremendous learning experience for all of us in the group. I must say going into the tour, I was uncertain that the ride would draw any real interest from the people we are supporting. I am pleased to say that my concerns were completely unfounded. At almost every stop we have been treated like royalty and the feeling amongst the soldiers I have spoke with has been anything but indifferent. I must say that although I don’t necessarily support the mission in the middle east, I have a much greater understanding and appreciation of the work that they are doing and support our troops 100%.

Day 5 of the "tour de force"

Day 5 of the "tour de force"

All in all it has been a wonderful and inspirational four days on the road. Once again, I would like to thank all of you who supported me, and made it possible for me to take this tour. I will be interviewed on the Andrew Carter show tomorrow (Wednesday morning ) at 8:50 and will be on the Team 990 (time to be confirmed).

P.S. Only 3 days left!!!

Tour de Force 2010Thanks once again.

Joseph Gagnon

President, Westmount Moving & Warehousing

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Day 6 of the "tour de force"

Day 6 of the "tour de force"

On the road with the "tour de force"

On the road with the "tour de force"

On the road with the "tour de force"

On the road with the "tour de force"

On the road with the "tour de force"

On the road with the "tour de force"

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