I was on a traffic-filled drive home from London when Peter’s lady friend Laura (shout out Laura!) first told me about Peter and Scott's dream for this trip. It took me about three red lights to say ‘WELL GIDDY UP!’ James didn’t take a second longer, and neither did Marissa or Hollye.
We all love adventure. We all love paddling. We all love Canada. A Paddle Across Canada Tour seemed like a good enough fit.
Then the questions began to arise. What is our real mission here? Where does one get a voyageur canoe? Oh mama, this is going to cost a lot of money! How do we keep the costs down? What are we going to eat? How are we going to get what we eat along our route? Speaking of routes, what is ours? What is twitter? I’m tired. Where are we going to sleep when we’re tired?
This pile of questions marked the first time any of us had ever stared directly into the eye of a 13 million item to-do list. We had no idea where to start. We just figured that if we could find a way to get closer to making this thing happen everyday we would be alright.
Days went by, websites were set up and taken down, e-mails were drafted and partnerships were formed. Before we knew it, PACT became real.
I think I speak for all of us when I say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into…..and we haven’t even pushed off yet! That being said, putting this project together has been an amazing educational experience. We’ve all learned a thing or eight about how the world works, and the tough times only make the happy ones happier.
Putting any journey together is a journey on its own. I’m happy to say that I’ve enjoyed the planning of this journey and I can't wait to see what comes next.