Moving on quietly…
Lévis, Quebec – August 13 and 14, 2012
by Fabienne Breton
On August 13, Michel retraced his steps in the motor home from Richmond, Quebec back to Montréal where he gave a number of media interviews. He took advantage of the opportunity to meet and greet the public at Place Jacques-Cartier, in Old Montréal. The next day, he set out again by bike from Richmond, with a long day ahead of him—170 kilometers to add to his total. He really wanted to get to Lévis to pick up his wife, Brigitte, who will be accompanying him to the end of his trip. André Breton, his brother-in-law would also be coming to meet up with him to replace a mechanical part that had broken down at Yellow Lake, B.C. Michel doesn’t want any fanfare at this point because he knows that he still has approximately a third of his trip still ahead of him. This was not the time to celebrate. He has to stay fixed on his ultimate goal. So it’s better to move on quietly, without attracting too much attention.
Move on quietly, without attracting too much attention, you say? What are the chances that two people who had never met before would meet twice within a month in two different provinces? Michel met Louis Bérubé, a Franco-Ontarian, when he was in Wawa, Ontario on July 23. Their paths crossed again by pure happenstance on a cycling trail in Lévis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, across from Quebec City. Louis is completing a cycling trip that he started 35 years ago, which will eventually bring him to Sydney, Nova Scotia. This was certainly worth a souvenir photo.
Michel wants to use this extraordinary journey to promote the fact that Mira has provided a total of 46 dogs to Canadians living outside of Quebec and the Maritimes. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Mira’s free Service Dogs, he is rolling out the first cross-Canada campaign to call upon the generosity of Canadians across the country. Michel will reach out to millions of Canadians and hopes to see them cheering him on and donating to Mira’s Foundation as he passes through their communities.