Mobilize March -- Travel Blog

Day 32 — On an island in the sun…

What an unbelievably beautiful day it was today. We got up this morning for a quick radio interview to be greeted by a warm sun and a gentle breeze coming off Lake Ontario. I was worried it would rain today, so we thought only seemed fitting to walk over to the Cafe across the street and grab some breakie on the patio and enjoy the sun while it lasted. Little did I know, the entire day would be sunny and warm–perfect for doing some work outside!

Today was a day of rest before making our drive tomorrow to Belleville. I find the extra day of rest really helps reduce the strain on my body when making the drives, especially on my shoulder. With that in mind, I tilted back my chair, rolled up my sleeves, and got to work under the glorious June sun. I had been intending on posting some photos online for a while now but never really had the time to format and upload them all to flickr. Luckily this afternoon provided a bit of a respite from the typical grind so I managed to get them all online through my flickr profile. I will be adding photos as they become available here. Unfortunately, we raaaaaaaarely remember to bring the camera along with us so photos are few and far between. Anyway, you can check them out at:

A storm is blowing in so I should probably shut down my computer–all I’d need right now would be a shorted out laptop! Apparently the clouds are suppose to get all rained out overnight and be nothing but sunny tomorrow afternoon for our drive to Belleville. Perfect! That’s just what I like to hear! Tomorrow is doubly exciting because we’re going to conduct a little experiment too! I won’t say much now, but hopefully I’ll have some good news to report tomorrow!

Anyway, I’m off to grab some sleep before the drive…you know, we’ve been on the road for over a month now and I still get really excited the night before a drive. We sat down and did the math today and I have now driven just over 280km with about the same amount left to do before June 15th. Spending time out on the road definitely changes a person. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it without sounding like a really kitschy movie from the 80s, so I’m not even going to attempt it (…YET…) but I realized today how much I’m going to miss my time on the road once this is all over.

Oh well, it may be the end of the trip but it is just the beginning of the journey.

– Jeff

By Jeffrey Preston

Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Jeff has spent his life dedicated to advocating for himself and others with disabilities. With a PhD in Media Studies from Western University, Jeff's research focuses on the representation of disability in popular and digital culture. Jeff is currently an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King's University College @ Western University in London, ON.