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I’ve lived in Calgary for the majority of my life. Time spent away from home was two hours south in the city of Lethbridge. I used to joke that it was far enough away that my parents didn’t know what I was doing and close enough that I could come home and raid the fridge.

My university days were spent partying and anticipating the next party. Down there it seemed like you could go out for drinks and have a bad jackpot every night of the week. However, I believe the truest form of love I have experienced other than from family was found in Lethbridge. I will always remember it, and because of that I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the city.

Unfortunately for me, the eight dreadful hours riding from Medicine Hat to Lethbridge was not the kind of welcome I was expecting. Southern Alberta wind is stronger than I remember, and it was not blowing in my favour. Another day, another battle against the wind. This time though, I felt it took every ounce of mental fortitude to overcome the adversity.

Once in Lethbridge I felt at peace. My Dad and I had one last meal together, and it was great. I stepped foot in the house I used to live in and felt at home, it was so nice to stay with Noel and Tracey while I was there. I believe that – as well as seeing some other old friends – gave me a lift for this home stretch.

Transitioning to another support vehicle, this time an RV, wasn’t without challenges. I have had a system this whole time and it was all my own. Now there are more people involved. We have started to polish our own systems, and we are well on our way to completing this journey. The lack of Wifi at campsites is why this post is coming to you so late.

Seeing family in Southern Alberta was also another uplifting experience. My Grandparents, who have been so incredibly supportive, drove out to meet us for breakfast and staying the night at my Uncles house on our way to Calgary also brought back plenty of fond memories. I got to see a cousin who I haven’t seen in forever and I’m grateful for all of it.

In this time I also was fortunate enough to get to speak at South Country Treatment Centre as well as the Treatment Centre I attended; my home, Fresh Start. Being back at Fresh Start seemed surreal. I owe that place so much and here they are offering so much support. When I need a touch of gratitude in my life I think of them.

Two nights in Calgary consisted of an incredible dinner thrown by my roommate Jarrett, and an evening out on the town with friends of my Mom’s and Murray’s who have been following along and supporting me throughout the ride.

All these amazing experiences condensed into such a short period of time seemed to have left me with a bit of an emotional hangover.

This post comes at a time where I feel like I’m getting over the hump. Just like when I actually got hangovers this one was a multi-day affair. My awareness has come back and I’m focused on the task at hand. With only one or two treatment centres left I can’t believe it’s almost over.

This weekend I’ll be on the coast.

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  • pepere & memere

    It was great to see you Kyle and looking better than ever I might add. You have the biggest part behind now, except for the wonderful memories which will last you for a life time. Love and God Bless!

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