Rough Start

Day 1 Riding

Victoria to Salt Spring Island

50.4 Km’s

Rain stopped, took the obligatory photo at mile 0! We are off – and then it poured…remote for camera didn’t work; bent derailer, call from our dog sitter that our beloved puppy Scout died quietly in the night.

With broken hearts we slowly cycled bike paths towards Saltspring, had a comfort meal of a delicious local burger along the way.

Bike path all the way up Vancouver Island

Steve and Diana greeted us and hosted us on the beautiful island of Salt Spring – our first visit here! We imposed on their family Easter weekend and chilled in their friends (Sue and Weiland) palatial home. Thank you! Salt Spring was great therapy thanks to you.

Scout had the biggest turkey feed ever just a few days ago.

23 thoughts on “Rough Start

  1. Leila Wiebe

    Your Scout was a beloved member of the family and I know you’ll miss him dearly. He had the best life with you guys…hugs to each of you.


  2. Leslie Seeley

    Hi Jay and Deb,
    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Scout. My thoughts are with now and as you make this journey. Leslie


  3. Jane Stevens

    Not an easy day. Sorry to say farewell to Scout so soon after your leaving. But sounds like it was peaceful. You can hold him in your thoughts as you pedal on. Hope the weather improves and April showers bring May flowers😬


    1. Jenny

      Ben and I are sorry to hear the news about Scout. I know how much he meant to your family. He was such a good pup.

      I’m hoping today was a better day. Happy riding!


    2. Rick and Terri Pellerin

      Hey guys! Just started to follow your journey. So exciting. But sadden to hear about Scout. We feel fortunate we were able to meet him in Fernie. You know we know there is nothing truer than the love of our dogs. All the best ! Cycle on!


  4. Deborah J Patick

    I’m sorry to hear about Scout…what a big, beautiful, loyal, bundle of love Scout was! My heart goes out to the family for your loss! xoxo


    1. Jan & Helmut

      Deb/Jay: Our hearts broke for you when we read about Scout. Dogs are part of our soul and you will carry him with you on your journey.
      Jan & Helmut


  5. David Street

    So sorry to hear about Scout. It’s always tough to lose a faithful friend and companion. Let us know if we can do anything for you back home to help. Safe travels.


  6. Chris Baillie

    Jay & Deb,
    We are so sorry to hear about Scout. He’s now able to join you on your great adventure and really live up to his name. When you come to that fork in the path, follow Scout.
    All the very best,
    Jo-Anne and Chris

    Composed with thumbs


  7. Leanne Bayne

    Deb and Jay, so sorry that you are starting this journey with heartbreak. Scout was such a sweet pup and loyal companion. xo


  8. Jocelyne

    Sorry to hear about Scout, he was a great dog. Sunshine here in Fernie today, we climbed bear yesterday and looks like we are doing it again this morning. Stay warm…


  9. Margareth Carrothers

    Jay and Deb,

    Happy Easter! So sorry to hear about Scout. He will be missed in the neighbourhood. It is hard to lose a family member like Scout. So much a part of the family. 😘

    Thanks for the updates and look forward to hearing more.

    Some friends that were here just recently mentioned to us Saltsprings and how they absolutely loved the coffee from there called “Salt Springs”.

    You are in our prayers for peace and safety as you travel.


    On Saturday, April 20, 2019, Jay and Deb’s Joy Ride wrote:

    > Jay and Deb posted: ” 50.4 Km’s Rain stopped, took the obligatory photo at > mile 0! We are off – and then it poured…remote for camera didn’t work; > bent derailer, call from our dog sitter that our beloved puppy Scout died > quietly in the night. With broken hea” >


  10. Lana

    So sorry to hear about Scout. It’s such a heartbreaking thing especially when you’re not there. Enjoy every moment of your trip. My heart goes out to you guys. Xo




    Hello Deb & Jay -Thinking of you – hoping the challenges of your day and memories of your well loved Scout – all find enough room in your hearts, heads and peace finds YOU both as you pedal… what a beginning….!?HUGS!! Janet & Steve


  12. Sylvia De Angelis

    Deb & Jay –

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Scout. Tear and I enjoyed running into Deb and Scout on the trail in Fernie near your house. It’s wonderful that he enjoyed a turkey feast before your trip! I’m sure he has left his paw prints on your heart.

    I will be sure to follow your progress on this amazing trip. Take care and have fun!


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