08-10-08, 08:30 PM
Still doing my 50 K route along the river stopping at the Historic Rideau canal before turning around to head home. Thats when I met Richard (http://www.amputeesacrossamerica.com/AAA.Org/aaa2004/nomad1%20jpg.jpg) he asks me how I'm doing and that he is fine in French (this is about my total amount of understanding of French I have held onto since school) I answer back in English this starts it off. He looks at me and asks if I want to switch legs with him, at this point he has his artificial leg twisted 90 degrees so it's pointing in the air and waving it like around, I hadn't noticed that he was an amputee. We got to talking about Ottawa the pathway system and where we usually bike. Since he's retired he bikes about 50km a day and that he's lost about 50lbs in the past year, then he tells me that back in 2004 he biked across states with Amputees across America (http://www.amputeesacrossamerica.com). This was very inspirational. After about a half an hour chatting we went our separate ways home. I'm hoping to cross paths with him again.