ConnecTour was honoured to meet with Sheilagh O’Leary, deputy mayor of St. John’s, NL, when we arrived in town. In addition to hosting us at Mile 0, O’Leary invited us up to her office and congratulated us on our cross-Canada bike ride.

In this video, O’Leary describes the efforts in St. John’s to build a bicycle network and improve safety for bike riders. She also reflects on mental health and the meaning of building connectivity during the difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We thank the deputy mayor for her genuine warmth and openness. As she said, “You certainly are my tribe.” We are indeed. What a great introduction to St. John’s.

The 8,749-kilometre, 4 1/2-month ride is officially over, but the ConnecTour adventure continues. Watch this space for periodic updates. 

5 thoughts on “A warm welcome, and kudos, from the deputy mayor of St. John’s”

  1. Hey Doug et al: Congrats on making it to your destination! I’ve been following your progress all along the way. It takes a huge amount of stamina and determination to achieve what you all have done. I’m sure the memories from this adventure will last a lifetime! Best wishes for all the future challenges you decide to tackle. You have proven a formidable character!

    1. Thanks, Graham. We all feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction, and also a new respect for the diversity of the people who make up this country. It truly has been a life-changing experience.

  2. Hi Doug,
    congratiulations also from my side! I have followed and read all of your blog reports from this treat trip and each time felt very sad, that I could not participate due to the Covid-19-related travel restrictions from Europe to Canada. I very much hope, that you will repeat the trip next year or in one of the following years. Please keep me posted on any plans that might come up. And if you ever plan to come to Germany/Europe, let me know.
    All the best
    Andreas Zumach
    Wittlicher Strasse 24
    D-13088 Berlin
    Germany
    Mail: zumach@taz.de
    Phone: +491726172375

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