Derek Quick is riding across Canada

John Carey (left) and Derek Quick (right)

Derek Quick, a member of the 2014 Recharge With Milk Ambassador Team, is riding across Canada with John Carey in order to raise downing prevention awareness and funds for the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive Program.

The Lifesaving Society is a registered charity, and the Swim to Survive program provides children with the skills needed to prevent drowning.

Derek and John will average 100 km a day of riding with their Pedal 4 Drowning Prevention Tour. The trip will take 2 months starting in Vancouver and ending new Brunswick.

Follow Derek and John’s progress on Facebook, and visit their website to get more information or to make a donation to their fundraising efforts.

Derek posted this on his website on Canada Day.

The journey begins

We have arrived in Vancouver to start our cross Canada journey. It started with an early morning plane ride departing at 6:50am from Toronto. After a couple of action movies we arrived safely in Vancouver. Bikes in hand we then made the trek to North Vancouver where our ride was waiting to pick us up. This was an adventure in itself as we took a skyrail/subway, and ferry all without ever stepping outside. After catching our ride we hopped into a little truck and headed to Squamish BC.

After arriving we set or sights on the task of putting our bikes together. Set up went well minus some rubbing from our disc brakes. After what felt likes hours of aimlessly tightening and loosening the brakes we gave up and headed to the bike store. After showing up the mechanic took about 5 minutes to fix what we couldn’t, all while watching the world cup. After paying him with a 6 pack (apparently that is a common form of payment around here) we were good to go.

We are staying the night with one of John’s family friends before heading out on our bikes tomorrow!