Nick Lagace's going coast-to-coast for his grandfather, Raymond Lagace of Althoville, New Brunswick, who has Alzheimers.
"He's been mayor there for about 37 consecutive years, and then just knowing he had to step down, because of such an awful disease. My grandmother, my 'mamere', she goes to the home to be with him seven hours a day. It just means a lot to me," he says.
Lagace's making the trip with his friend James Martin. Lagace's from Whitby and Martin's from the St. Catharine's area. They're recent graduates in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.
They started in Vancouver at the beginning of July, and they hope to be in Newfoundland this fall.
"It's amazing. You get to see everything slowly -- but not too slowly -- you get a nice breeze in your hair and your face," says Lagace. "You're meeting incredible people, incredible Canadians."
A highlight is travelling through the mountain scenery, followed by some hot and humid days on The Prairies, where it hit 37 C one day in Saskatchewan.
"I think we had a bit of a headwind, too," he Martin recalled, noting it was offset by the many great days they've had.
Lagace remembered scooting down the mountain highways, after a steep climb, with big trucks alongside.
"It's a little spooky on two little wheels," he said, but the extra weight of their baggage helped keep them steady.
"A lot of people our age don't think of the disease (Alzheimer's), unless they have a personal connection," Martin added.
The aches and pains of the journey will also add some experiential learning to their degrees in kinesiology, the pair noted with a grin.
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