Fisher faces ups and downs in cycling journey
By Vanessa Balintec
Bruce Fisher has completed his week-long journey from July 3 to 9, battling intense heat to get to Courtright, Ont. from Minden Hills to raise money for the Haliburton County Special Olympics Red Wolves.
“The first day I left, I did beat most of the heat,” said Fisher, who arrived in Orillia after his first day of cycling. “The next day, everything went wrong at the get-go.”
After missing his alarm clock and sleeping in, and leaving his room locked with all his belongings in it and costing him another hour, Fisher got lost heading into Barrie. Going onward into Alliston took almost twice as long as it normally would – around five hours – as the heat became too much to cycle through.
By the time he got into Alliston, another problem arose.
“I discovered that my room wasn’t available,” said Fisher. “I woke up the next morning and I had gone about five kilometres and had started to feel really sick. I assumed it was the heat the day before that got me, so I phoned my wife and told her I was only going to ride 20 kilometres to Hockley Valley and asked her to pick me up to take me to my bed and breakfast just east of Arthur. I had to cut about 100 kilometres out of the middle of the run, because of the heat and the way I was feeling.”
After getting lost in New Hamburg, and tweaking his cycling routes to avoid the brunt of the heat, Fisher finally drove into Strathroy with his son, and rode the rest of the distance into Courtright.
“If I ever decide I’m going to go for another bike ride, I told everybody I know to shoot me,” said Fisher. “Don’t let me do this!”
Even though it was a difficult trip, Fisher is proud of his fundraiser campaign and the support he garnered for the Red Wolves.
“We made close to $5,000,” said Fisher. “They were happy.”