Has it really been 19 weeks, 1 day, and 3 hours since we last wrote? I’m mostly rehabbed from the broken pelvis. We have well used crutches and a stylish cane available for sale, cheap. My doctor and I are besties. I have enjoyed the company of 3 different physios and am still looking for one that will support my unsubstantiated theory of rehabilitation with cardio and weight training. What happened to “Moving is Medicine”?

We’ve learned a few things along this rehab journey.

For instance, when this part of your pelvis breaks, it usually breaks in more than one place. As mine did. But we didn’t find that out until week 6. We also learned that there are vastly differing views on how best to recover from a broken pelvis – some say weight bear and circulation help heal, others say do mostly nothing and still others said “Listen to your body”. I went with the “listen to your body” view mostly. But my hearing is not great. We also learned that sometimes a body doesn’t like supplements meant to speed healing.

But ultimately, and reluctantly, we learned that time is the best healer. Well, time and friends; friends dropping in for visits, teaching me bridge, jabbing my butt with needles, keeping pace with and my crutches and driving me places. I’m still careful and don’t plan on falling for 12 months, but feeling great. Could have been so much worse, but really – avoid breaking your pelvis.

First time back on a bike since, well, you know

I have now biked (on smooth pavement), cross country skied (short loop), downhill skied (my now Ski Sentry Gear Guy tracking annoyingly close behind me), hiked in Banff with girlfriends (loved having 11 moms with me), hiked in Palm Desert with girlfriends (including shopping therapy), visited my mom in Winnipeg, enjoyed Broadway shows with my Jessie, and danced (in heels) at my son’s wedding. How lucky am I? Life is returning to its wonderful “normal”. I am grateful.

At our son’s wedding we compared marriage to our bike journey, we will share it here.

  1. Everyday is fantastic, but some days are more fantastic than others.
  2. Like a long bike trip, a long marriage is two people trying to ride together –  but on two different bikes.
  3. You sometimes get lost on a bike, (especially if Jay is navigating), but at least you are lost together.
  4. Always stop in on friends and family.  They really do want to see you, and feed you, and serve you beer and wine and do your laundry and help fix your bike.
  5. Always cherish your biking partner in life but even more so if they crash and break their pelvis.

And hey, since our last blog update, we have added FIVE more bike deliveries to the JoyRide!

St. John’s Newfoundland – On account of the crash, we missed getting to St. John’s Newfoundland to meet Kai and his family, Mel, Sue, and Remi. But the bike delivery proceeded as planned with our friends from Freedom Concepts. Kai has limited head and trunk control requiring total support. His new bike allows him to move on his own – and he can teach his sister how to ride! We look forward to meeting Kai next spring in St. John’s.

Fernie, BC – Terry Fox Day was the perfect day to get on a new bike in our hometown. Lilianna and Liam participated in Terry Fox Day for the first time and completed multiple laps around the track (along with hundreds of other kids). Their smiles and energy were amazing! They even stopped the rain!

Lillianna had Jay wrapped around her finger

Minden, Ontario – Chris and Jocelyn experienced first hand the impact of a bike on a child and her family. Harper had a beautiful fall day to take her new bike for a spin. Angelman Syndome prohibits 6 year old Harper from moving independently, but she LOVES to feel the wind in her face. Thanks to Chris and Joc for making that happen.

Fredericton, NB – In our last blog we wrote about our great meeting with James over a couple of pints in Fredricton. James is amazing. And he received his custom bike this fall. Have a look.

Two of these bikes were from very generous donations. We will be donating another 5 or more bikes from your donations in the next year – yes that means a total of at least 17 bikes shared across Canada. We are overcome with gratitude for your support.

Our plan is to finish our JoyRide through PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (a mere 1400 kms or so) in spring 2020. We will send you updates on those adventures and more bike giveaways as they happen. In the meantime, we wish you the very best of the holidays and health and happiness in 2020.

Deck the halls with bikes and chain lube Falalalalalalalabike Even the stockings are filled with bike tubes Falalalalalalalabike Ride a bike in snow or summer Falalalalalalalabike. Otherwise it’s just a bummer Falalalalalalalabike

9 thoughts on “Falalalalalalalabike

  1. Janet Martin


    Love your blog! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Very inspiring and thanks for sharing. Happy to see you on the mend. Linda says you have a big crowd fro Xmas too.

    BTW I have some wonderful friends in PEI who I think would be very interested in supporting you. One couple are long time physicians on the island and know everyone. Happy to make some connections if you would like?

    All the best and see you on the hill.

    Janet ( and Kim)

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. gdbatt

    merry Christmas jay & deb…..what a wonderful surprise to receive your very newsy news letter….extremely well done i am pleased to hear that the healing proces has progressed very well…keep up the proces it was certainly my pleasure to have met you folks last summer….if your travelling thru the area again,the door is always open

    have a wonderful Christmas

    best wishes


    On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 9:35 AM Jay and Deb’s Joy Ride wrote:

    > Jay and Deb posted: ” Has it really been 19 weeks, 1 day, and 3 hours > since we last wrote? I’m mostly rehabbed from the broken pelvis. We have > well used crutches and a stylish cane available for sale, cheap. My doctor > and I are besties. I have enjoyed the company of 3 dif” >


  3. Judy Kutney

    Do you have even an inkling of the joy you bring to so many people’s lives? Love your writing and photos. Your positivity & generosity are contagious.
    Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas and a 2020 that brings you health & all the happy your hearts can hold.
    Judy & Ron


  4. Sue Stangl

    Oh how i have missed these! Thank you for the laughs and the tears😍 Cheers to you great friends 🥂 Happy Happy Holidays

    Sent from my iPhone



  5. Laurie Cote

    Merry Christmas to you! Love your blog and love how you share your love of biking. So happy to hear you’re healing. Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures!


  6. Myrtle Boys

    thank you for the post or email, puts life into perspective, you have made alot of people

    very happy. so happy you visited us in ottawa. all the very best in 2020.

    much love , myrtle may mcleod boys.


  7. Marlene

    Merry Christmas Deb and family. What a moving story and thanks for sharing this gift with us. Deb hope that pelvis is ready to support you through this next action in packed- no doubt-decade. You are a brave soul – what an ordeal. Take care of yourself and look forward to seeing you in 2020 l


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