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A Note from John Davidson, May 24

May 24, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Halifax, Nova Scotia preparing to make the crossing to Prince Edward Island and province number three. Coming into Halifax, the RCMP officer behind me honked his horn to point out the cemetery where some of those who were lost in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic are buried. I had time to realize that I was learning a lot about history and Canada’s role in some memorable events. Along the road through Halifax we were incredibly busy, and the road team asked me to slow down as bit as they were scrambling to deal with all the donations being handed out car, truck and motor home windows. In Halifax I met the Premier of Nova Scotia, Russell McLelland our road team was introduced in the legislature. I also got to sit on the same chairs that Queen Elizabeth, Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin and the other members of the G7 used when they met in Halifax. After 18 days in Nova Scotia we boarded the ferry at Pictou, Nova Scotia and made the 45-minute crossing to Woods Island, Prince Edward Island. It’s funny how there are signs in life. When you leave Newfoundland, there is a sign to tell you it is illegal to remove potatoes from Newfoundland and when you make the crossing from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island there is a sign to tell you it is illegal to take honey bees onto Prince Edward Island. It underscores the need in life to pay attention to the signs in life. How often do we forget to pay attention to the signs that can have an effect on our physical well-being and how we see the world?

Walking 33-kilometres a day along the highway and seeing the red soil of PEI and all those potato fields put some of those snowy, rainy and cold days in Newfoundland in early April behind me. Islanders take a great deal of pride in their property. The island looks a bit like a giant model railroad without the train tracks. Everything seems to be in place and even those green John Deere tractors with the yellow rims look like they have been placed there just to look pretty. Pride of ownership is very evident on Prince Edward Island. In Charlottetown, the Premier presented Defeat Duchenne Canada with a cheque and we were given a tour of Province House where the idea of there being a Canada was first discussed in 1864. After four days on the Island, we had completed province number three and we were getting ready for another crossing of water that would take us back to the mainland, to New Brunswick and province number four.

Stay tuned. The journey continues…