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Friday, July 13, 2018

Coast To Coast Cyclist For Heart And Stroke

Bruce Peninsula | by Claire McCormack  

Gordon Paterson is on the Bruce Peninsula today in a Canada-wide bike ride.

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A cyclist doing a Canada-wide ride is in the Owen Sound area today.

Gordon Paterson who is originally from BC and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland is doing the ride to raise awareness and money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.

In the span of three years, Paterson lost his aunt, his mother and his father to strokes and related complications.

He wants to bring awareness to people with the acronym FAST: Face (drooping), Arms (weakness), Speech (difficulties) and Time (quickly call 911).

He says those are things you need to look out for when you think someone may be having a stroke.

Paterson is cycling from Owen Sound to Wiarton today (Thurs July 12th ) and will bike to Tobermory Friday (July 13th) where he'll take the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island to continue his ride.

Paterson, who has done a few city-to-city rides in Canada and the UK says this is the longest ride he's done so far.

His average distance is about 110km to 130km a day before he stops for the night.  He's sponsored by Best Western and Novotel but he stays in all kinds of places. "I've have camped in a truck stop, I've camped behind a bank, I've camped in a campsite, so wherever I have to be I just pitch a tent and that's me."

So far he's seen the more common wildlife, a beaver, deer and raccoons, but says he has yet to encounter bears.

Paterson also says anyone who wants to ride alongside him is welcome and donations can be made on his web page www.theroadipedal.com.

He says none of the money goes to him, it all goes to support heart and stroke research.  

You can also follow Paterson on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theroadipedal/

Paterson started out in Halifax and plans to be on the west coast by September 1st.

His goal £5,000 for the UK/Scotland fundraiser is 3/4 accomplished and his Canadian goal of $5,000 is about halfway there.

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