Kyle is one day out of Lake Louise and is thrilled to be getting close to home! As Kyle said today, “Can’t wait to be in the Motherland!” His ETA to Calgary may also be moving up a week to September 16th as he has been making good time. 😀 In the pictures below, Kyle is trying to hitch a ride home this evening from his campsite which is about 30 km from Lake Louise. In the last one is is speaking at Kicking Horse River Cafe about mental health and his own personal journey with it.
Two years ago Kyle moved out to start The Land Water Resources program at Olds College. Once there he struggled for awhile with adjusting to moving away but also with issues such as group speaking. To see my son two years later, and 2 months after graduation, walking 1200 km to bring awareness to mental illness is incredible. Now he is speaking to not only groups about his mental health journey but also to strangers on the side of the Trans Canada (full disclosure: this pic is of his childhood coach as I didn’t have any stranger pics). My heart explodes with pride for the courage Kyle has illustrated over the last month.
Just a short post to show some pictures and video Kyle took today. The video captures the beauty surrounding Kyle as he walked along the Trans Canada. Kyle took a crack at being a miner at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre in the middle picture. In the last picture it’s evident how close the fires and smoke are to the highway. Tomorrow Kyle will be walking through this area.
I try to talk with Kyle every evening regarding how his day went. I was particularly anxious to talk to him this evening as today Kyle walked through the tunnels. Well all my worry was for naught as he thought they were FUN!!! Really!!! Hard to believe we are related. Kyle said he’s about 60 km to Golden which means he’s getting closer to Alberta!!!
The Rogers Pass is quite the exciting route to drive through with the long tunnels and bridges. As for walking through the pass, those same features can be a little daunting. Kyle is hoping to be through this area in a few days. As seen in the picture, he hopes to be in Calgary by September 23. Kyle is really thankful for all the support from everyone getting him to this point.
Kyle has made it to the TransCanada Highway. This is exciting and scary at the same time as this means he’s half way home, however, he now has the infamous swervey highway and tunnels to soon contend with. Luckily his dad is going to help him through the tunnels so I can sleep at night 😀
Now as for the tent…I had to show it. Kyle is a little more than 6 feet. Well this tent must be made for a 5’11.5 foot person as he said there’s no extra room at all. Luckily the weather been great so he can keep the windows open, making it seem roomier for him.
Ones of Kyle’s goals for Puck Off Mental Illness is to have people discussing mental health issues. Thanks to people like Andrew Penner from the Calgary Herald, it’s happening. Take a peek at the link.