Habitat Homecoming '97

The 1997 Annual Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity Bicycle Ride was called Habitat Homecoming '97, and it took place in western Canada from Saturday, July 26 to Friday, August 15, 1997. It started in Kelowna, B.C., went through Alberta and Saskatchewan and finished in Winnipeg on the day of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity.

I was too busy and collected only about $700 in donation for Habitat and participated only in the last two days of the ride. Actually, it was three days of riding for me, as I started on Aug. 13 from Winnipeg and cycled all the way to Brandon (220 km) where I met all the others coming from the other direction. I cycled to Brandon on the Trans-Canada Highway, which was not very pleasant because of heavy traffic and too many big trucks that were passing me too closely. In the next two days we were returning to Winnipeg on a different highway, but even there we met one trucker who seemed to be hostile to cyclists.