Arvid’s ride this year is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Farthest Distance Cycled in One Month (30 days). We will NOT be updating the website. You can follow Arvid’s journey on his public Facebook page here.
Order of Manitoba Ceremony
For those interested in watching some of the Order of Manitoba Investiture Ceremony I was honoured to be a part of, here is a link.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw16YfM5t1I&feature=youtu.be
My part begins at minute 24.
It is the ongoing support of so many of you that have made this possible. Thank you.
My hope and prayer is that this public recognition will serve as inspiration and motivate ALL of us to do our part to help bring hope into the life of a destitute/abandoned child.
‘Every child deserves to belong to a Family’ – Grandpa Arvid
The last 2 km were by far the most enjoyable. We had a large group of cyclists join me for our bike parade to NKMB church. Thank you ALL for making the effort in bringing your bikes. It meant a lot to us.
The parade was followed by an inspirational program in the church and some refreshments after. Thank you all who participated in the program. A special thanks to our MCF friends, Ndondo, Lydia and Mumina for sharing your powerful testimonies. Thank you to our friends who looked after ALL the details to make the evening flow so smoothly. Thank you for coming out and celebrating what God has done in 30 years at Mully Children’s Family.Ruth and I feel so blessed to play a role in representing MCF for the last 15 years.
It takes a village to raise a child. (MCF is that village)It takes the world to support that village. (ALL of you who continue show interest/support for Ruth and my efforts on behalf of the kids at MCF are part of that supporting world). All we can do is say a big THANK YOU.
We picked up our MCF friends at the airport. I got home at midnight for a few hours of sleep before the final 333km.
It would be interesting to get to meet some of the last 333 kids rescued by MCF, represented by my last 333km.
Hope to see some of you tonight.
14,000km done, 1000km to go. It was another hot one today, but I felt good all day. Last day is August 8.
ALL are invited to NKMB Church, 1315 Gateway Road, on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30PM.
Come hear an inspirational program that includes our guests from MCF (Ndondo Mulli and the same children (I) Arvid transported across Canada in 2005) Refreshments will be served.
Also meet at the church parking lot at 6:PM with your bike to join our 12 grandchildren and others for my final 2km. It will be a lot of fun. We are looking for LOTS people on bikes. If a 4 year old and even an 88 year old can do it, so can you.
An Invitation for ALL to join us for GrandpasCan/MCF Celebration.
Arvid Loewen of GrandpasCan will complete his 15,000 km ride in support of Mully Children’s Family, celebrating 15,000 saved lives. It is all happening at NKMB Church, 1315 Gateway Road, on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30pm. Come hear an inspirational program that includes our guests from MCF (Ndondo Mulli and the same children Arvid transported across Canada in 2005, the Canadian Safari) share of life before, at and after MCF. Refreshments will be served.
For those wanting to participate in the Bike Parade, (Arvid’s last 2 km) please bring your bikes and meet at the church parking lot at 6:00 pm. The youngest solo rider participating that we know of is 4 years old. The oldest is 88. If you fit anywhere in-between, please join us. We would like as MANY participants as possible. Bikes with trailers and toddlers are also welcome.
Please see the map below.
I am back home.
I am very pleased with how Race Across Oregon went for me. At age 62, I was the oldest solo participant there. I finished in 59 hours, 40 min, 20 minutes before the cut-off time.
Given my schedule leading up to the race, I was certainly NOT well-rested and struggled with the need sleep the first night. I got through it, but was forced to take 3x 15-20 min naps. The second night went a bit better and I managed on 2x 15 min naps.
The weather was warm, up to 37C during the day. The first night temperatures dropped to 6C. Both extremes.
I thank George Thomas, the Race Director for allowing me to start 10 hours late. It felt a bit weird to be that far back, but I managed to mostly remain positive. My nephew Juergen and his friend Dave (now my friend as well) from Abbotsford did a great job looking after me. Thank you.
RAO has 48,000 ft of climbing. That equates to 800 ft/hour (on average) for the max allowed time. Race Across America (RAAM) has 170,000 ft or 490 ft/hour on average of climbing for the max allowed time of 12 days.
It felt like I was climbing 80% of the time, going downhill about 10% of the time and normal riding about 10% of time. The biggest challenge for me was the lack of recovery time between climbs.
The scenery was simply incredible. It is very remote and my support vehicle was down to the last few litres of fuel in the extra jerry can due to arriving at the few populated towns in the late evening because of my delayed start.
It ALL turned out great.
RATTLESNAKE and PORCUPINE encounters:
At one of the long climbs struggling at about 8km/hour at night, I saw a 3-4 ft stick on the road. Or so I thought. As I was within 3-5. ft, it recoiled, and went up into a striking position. In a split second I managed to change direction. It did NOT strike. It became roadkill from the follow vehicle. Shortly after, I just managed to avoid hitting a porcupine that was meandering down the yellow centre line. These two incidents were certainly helpful in staying awake.
Now it is back to the task at hand on Henderson Highway. I still have 3,828 km to go.
A slight problem. I have NO bike.
My two bikes are enroute home (in the rental van) to arrive Saturday. My spare third bike was discovered to have a crack in the frame. Bikes and Beyond and Giant are trying to accommodate my needs. Not sure when I can resume. I do NOT have a lot of flexibility left in my schedule to be done by Aug. 8 at 6:30 pm.
In the meantime, I will just take a nap.
Thanks for your ongoing interest.
It takes a village.
Arvid has often said that it takes a village to raise a child. It takes the world to support the village.
We have had many, many people come alongside us on this journey as together we support the village of MCF. Thank you!
Thank you to those on this photo who surrounded us at the Order of Manitoba Ceremony; Charlotte & Murray, Ruth & Walter, Jeanette & Paul, Stephanie, O, J, Kathryn, Erna & Herb, Paul, Fritz & Ernie.
Apologies. Technical difficulties with posting the picture. Sorry. Please check back later.
My support vehicle for Race Across Oregon is on its way.
I will fly out early Friday morning after the Order of Manitoba Investiture Ceremony on Thursday evening. The race starts on Friday evening at 6 pm with a max. allowed time of 60 hours. However, because I can’t get there on time, I will start 10 hours after the official start. I will start Saturday morning at 4am. They will allow/give me a few hours past the official cut-off time at 6am on Monday to finish.
My bikes are gone, too bad, so sad.
Frank and Agnes, former boss and now good friends, are driving the van to The Dalles, Oregon. My nephew Juergen and his friend Dave from Abbotsford will drive to The Dalles and be the actual support crew for me.
FYI: Frank was on my support crew in 1996 during one of my first bike races requiring a support crew. It ended in a dreaded DNF, and is etched in my mind as one of the lowest points in my cycling career.
Frank and Agnes flew to Halifax in 2011 to present Charles Mulli with a $50,000 cheque when I set the Guinness World Record for crossing Canada in 13 days, 6 hours and 13 minutes. It will forever remain one of the highlights of my cycling career.
Throughout our 15 years of being ambassadors on behalf of the children at MCF, hundreds of people have given of their time and resources to make this all happen. Thank you. I could NOT have done this without you.
I humbly accept the Order of Manitoba on behalf of all of you. Thank you.
I want to also highlight my family, our grandchildren and especially Ruth. They are my support/cheerleaders. Unfortunately this is an award presented to individuals. I believe Ruth is as deserving of this award as I am.
Arvid, we don’t have time for all your issues …..
So after a bit of a challenging morning riding through the thunderstorm and fixing 3 flats, I was reminded of my 2012 GWR attempt.
We were sitting in a Tim’s at 2am somewhere in Quebec, when my friend (and support crew member) Weldon asked me how I was doing. He was expecting to hear ‘good’ but instead I was giving him a rundown of all the things I was dealing with.
He looked at me and said: “Arvid, we don’t have time to deal with all your issues. Finish your double double and get on the bike”.
So this morning, after a warm shower and a short nap, I took Ruth out for breakfast. When we came home the weather had improved, I fixed my bike problems and set out to test if ‘mega miles’ are also good for getting faster.
I set out to do a fast 100km. I was back in 2h, 55min, averaging 34.1 km.I have not been able to break the 3 hour mark in over 10 years.
Maybe there is hope for us old guys yet!
My 4 AM start is a bit rough. Lightning, winds, downpours and 3 flats in the first 3 hours have caused me to be picked up by Ruth.
Not sure what I will do today. I have a done of prep for the Oregon race to do anyway. Will decide after I am warmed up.
Here is what is up for me this coming week. (at least that is the plan)
Monday 333 kmTuesday 333 kmWednesday 333 km Thursday off Friday 500 kmSaturday off Sunday 500 km
Any ‘awake minutes’ left beyond the riding time are spent on finalizing the plans for the four events in August and Race Across Oregon July 19-22.
Some have said to me; “You have already done 30 days of these kind of distances. You can continue to do this”.
I hesitantly agree and yes, I believe I can do this, however I am still nervous and somewhat fearful.
Each day requires a fresh resolve and a willingness to dig deep into the character that defines me on so many levels. If it would not be for the platform that this provides to be a voice for orphaned or abandoned children rescued by MCF, I am not sure I would have the willpower to do even one day.
When I am asked;What is the single biggest strength you have to be able to do this?
My answer is;I know the life of a child filled with despair and hopelessness will be transformed into a life filled with opportunities and hope as a result of the work of MCF.
So my alarm will go off at 3:45 am. I count it a privilege to get up and ride my bike for 333 km to offer ‘Hope’ for a child that presently has none.