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In Memory of Mary Thompson & Peter Root 5

Peter Root and Mary Thompson in an undated photo (Photo courtesy of Jerry Root) Last week we covered the sad story about British Bicycle Bloggers Mary Thompson and Peter Root, who were tragically killed in Thailand after bicycling around the world since July 2011. I didn’t personally know Mary or Peter, but their untimely deaths ...

British Bicycle Bloggers On World Journey Killed in Thailand 23

Two On Four Wheels blog photos from world journey – Courtesy of Two On Four Wheels In a tragic end to their fascinating bicycle odyssey around the world, Peter Root and Mary Thompson from the “Two On Four Wheels” bicycle blog were killed in Thailand Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck. Root and ...

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: Role of the Bicycle 10

Photo courtesy of Toshifuni Kitamura, Getty Images / March 11, 2011 In the aftermath of the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan on Friday afternoon, millions of people were left stranded at their workplace and tens of thousands displaced from their homes with few options to transport themselves to safety. Those who were ...

Some things better left unspoken 1

A January 12th news release announced that the US airline carriers  have gone 2 years without a single passenger fatality. Although this is a remarkable achievement, some things are better left unspoken. The first thought that crossed my mind is that we’re going to see a plane crash in the near future. It was only ...

Don’t Speed in your Racing Car Son! 2

First I’d like to send out my condolences to the family of the 3 young men who died in a car crash in Muskoka last month. The three young men were Toronto residents Tyler Mulcahy, 20, the driver of the car, Kourosh Totonchian, 19, and Cory Mintz, 20. Mulcahy’s girlfriend, Nastasia Elzinga, 19, was the ...

Hinton Train Disaster 8

The other weekend, when Han and I were in Alberta, we stayed for a night in Hinton, Alberta. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this town has some significance to me, but I couldn’t quite remember exactly what it was about this town. On the morning of February 8th, 1986, a VIA passenger ...

United Flight 232 Crash 2

Last night I watched a show on National Geographic that showed the crash landing of United Flight 232 on July 19th, 1989. This is an amazing story that I would like to share. At 3:16PM on that fateful day, a loud bang could be heard on United Flight 232 and the crew determined that the ...

News Helicopter Tragedy 2

As you have already probably heard, two news helicopters that were covering a car chase collided in mid-air, killing all 4 people on board. This is very sad tragedy and is disturbing that the crash happened while on live TV (Warning – graphic). At the moment the two helicopters collided, photojournalist Craig Smith can be ...