At the finish line…..at last
Prince George, B.C. – It’s been 6 days and more than 700 kilometres, but Mikaela Pond has done it, she biked from Prince Rupert to Prince George to raise dollars and make a statement about the distances some young patients have to travel for health care services.
A former Nurse in Prince George, she has personal knowledge of families that struggle to get their children to where they need to be to get the specialized services they need to get better, and that’s why she decided to make the bike trip to raise funds for Hope Air, an organization that covers the cost of flights for young patients to get to their needed treatment.
Mikaela says she has always been “active” but was not a hard core cyclist. Yet she did between 80 and 140 kms per day. The early days were cold and wet, and there were plenty of tears, but she pushed on. The road was rough, and the rear wheel on her bicycle has been patched 6 times over the course of this trip.
In addition to the funds she has raised through this trip, she has also made a note of what the Provincial Ministry of Transportation might do to improve that stretch of highway, namely add some decent shoulders.
For those who may have travelled this stretch of Highway 16, Mikaela says surprisingly, Hungry Hill was NOT the worst grind. “Six mile hill was much worse. I’m not sure if it was just that it was farther along in the day and I was more tired”. She says while climbing Hungry Hill she found herself getting a ‘boost’ “There was a construction crew working right in the middle and they kind of joked with me to slow down on the way up and it kind of brought my spirits up, so that might have helped me make it up, but Six Mile Hill was awful.”
As of this morning, she had raised $4600 , with another $1400 to go in order to reach her goal of $6,000, that would cover about 24 flights for people in northern B.C. “Please donate to our cause, it’s a great cause and all the money will help families in the North.” donations can still be made to the campaign by clicking here.