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Dan’s Incredible Journey

There is another man named Dan who is riding a tricycle across a country – but unlike Dan Zimmerman riding his Catrike across the United States for the cause of stroke awareness, this man is riding across Canada on an awareness campaign of Parkinson’s Disease. He is 81 year old Dan Mc Guire, and you can see a newscast of this tadpole trike rider by clicking HERE. By the time you read this, he may have accomplished his goal.

Dan's Incredible JourneyClick the image above to view the NTV newscast on Canada’s superstation.

The goal of Dan is to ride to the farthest western point of Canada, the farthest eastern point of Canada, the farthest southern point of Canada, and the farthest northern point of Canada, quite an ambitious overland trike journey for anyone, over 5,000 kilometers.

Dan's Incredible Journey 2Dan on the road with his tadpole trike, visiting Canada’s four extreme regions

From the website comes this: An epic ride across the country for an 81-year-old man is bringing awareness to a debilitating disease that he has been suffering with for almost a decade. Christina Marshall-Jeenes was there for the big finish.

Click HERE to watch the newscast!

PS: I think Dan and Bert ought to partner-up and do an overland journey together! Whatdaya think? Comment here to put the bug in their ears! Old guys rule!


4 responses

  1. daytriker

    Hi Steve, One correction to your report on Dan’s epic accomplishment –
    Each leg of his journey is 5000kms. If he fulfills his goal of going to each end of the country
    his journey will cover over 20,000kms.

    September 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

  2. Awesome guy! Actually Glen, the statement of “over 5,000 kilometers” is technically correct, as 20,000 kilometers is indeed over 5,000 kilometers, albeit WAY over, ha ha. Thanks for setting the ol’ trike hobo straight (well, that may not be possible, but perhaps there is still hope ;-). See ya’ …

    PS: For readers’ clarification, Glen and Glenn are not the same person. Glen Aldridge lives in Canada and rides a Trident trike, and Glenn Frank lives in California and rides a Catrike. Just sayin’ because both Glen and Glenn have commented today. I’m outta’ here –

    September 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

  3. Jerry Forster

    Makes me ashamed of myself for making excuses not to ride sometimes. There is hope for us old guys yet!

    September 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  4. “Old” is an adjective with various connotations. But for those old folks who believe they are old, at least there is a triangular vehicle that allows their old bodies to experience what it’s like to pedal during one’s declining old years. Oldness, as loosely and commonly defined in America, at least allows motivated old people a few old benefits, like social security for old people, old person discounts, and being spoken to by not-old people as if the old brain has slipped into its second toddlerhood. Yep, we can passively accept the tradition of old, as old guys, or, we can get out there on our human powered recumbent tadpole trikes and blast all around the territory like old bats out of hell, bringing an awareness to the not-old people that, hey, this is absolutely amazing that these old guys are even still alive, let alone riding tricycles all over the place. Hmmm, perhaps that riding a tricycle thing may actually be what leads the not-old to think that old trike pilots are reverting to childhood ways due to the typically held notion that dementia is inevitible (remember, in America, only kids ride tricycles, after all). Well, hopefully if we get a comment from one of these two incredible old trikers, they will enlighten us as to their impressions of self – in other words, are they old? Okay, enough early morning mumbo jumbo here. If Bert and Dan (and many others) are the impetus for getting out and riding a trike, then so be it! Long live the OLD GUYS! Yes, hope is right around the corner … if you remember how to find the corner, that is. See ya’ …

    September 11, 2014 at 6:56 am