Day 1, Part I (all pics are clickable)
As many who read this blog know first hand our everyday lives can get in the way of our hobbies. Since January 2012 until present day, Cheryl and I have both changed our careers. Leslie joining BC Transplant as an In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator/Organ Donation Specialist and Cheryl still with the RCMP but now well into her apprenticeship to become a Forensic Expert. With this reality of ours, getting away on the bikes for a long stretch of time is not happening as of late. So….what to do??? Make the best of the time we get off and get away.
What can 30 hours get you when on a bike? Real post coming up soon, but 30 hours takes you about 900 KM’s riding through everything from rain, pouring rain, snow, hail, wind gusts I swear were about 70 KM at times, sun, partly sunny and in the end time away from work which is priceless. Big post coming up and it will be all about fitting in riding when work gets in the way.
Left Maple Ridge this morning in the pouring rain, got hit by some snow through the Crows Nest Pass, then came out the other side to partly sunny skies. Osoyoos, BC
My colleagues had this special cake made for Cheryl’s and my pre wedding shower yesterday, July 20.
It was a perfect get together of RCMP and BCT colleagues and friends. Thank you guys and only about 3 weeks to go until the wedding!
Cold out, around freezing but sunny. Trying out my new Hippo Hands! More later!
Some might remember back in January of this year Leslie switched careers. She went from being an Intensive Care Social Worker for 13 years at a Vancouver Hospital to an Organ Donation Specialist/In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator. UPDATE:
After being in training with a preceptor since mid March I have officially graduated and was signed off on Tuesday at BC Transplant as an independent practitioner with a mentor. This seriously has been and still is one of the hardest things I have done career wise. Learning critical care medicine in practice is a whole other ball of wax versus being a social worker and knowing medicine in layman’s terms.
I will always be in training as there is still so much to learn and do in my two roles but to be honest in the beginning I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s my first week on call by myself technically speaking but will always have back up. That is how we do it at BC Transplant. You should never feel alone while doing call and I don’t. Here’s to continue success and a long healthy career with organ donation.
An incredible gift CLICK HERE
St. Paul’s Hospital is where Leslie used to work. She knows Dr. Grant very well, has worked with the ICU many times and is proud to share this article raising awareness about organ donation. This is very near and dear to Leslie’s heart as she is now Organ Donation Specialist as well as a Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator for Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Please take a second to read! Thanks!
Greg Grant is an ICU doctor at St. Paul’s and the head of B.C. Transplant.
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We just love these small mom and pop restaurants. Waiting for breakfast after a chilly night camping.
We stayed warm but got down to 6.5 C. Making our way eventually to Dawson Creek.
In Williams Lake, BC after an amazing off road ride today! Looking for a place to camp and call it quits after over 10 hours of riding!
This is amazing….I had no idea what was being built in NYC…although I am originally from Long Island…NYC is still “my” city. This is way cool…thanks TWISTER SIFTER!
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My future sister in law gave me this for as an engagement gift! Perfect!
So I’m in call and what better day to wash my bike and Cheryl’s ! Sun!