Marianne Shalewa has been planning this trip for the past three years, and after meeting her boyfriend, Matt, two years ago, they decided to embark on the adventure together. After all of the planning, the adventure is finally happening in June! They will cycle from Tofino, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In general, it takes about two months to cycle across Canada, but Marianne and Matt are taking three months so they can visit Pod groups along the way. To get ready, they’ve been contacting different groups and are trying to get in touch with as many as possible. They are planning to average around 100 kilometers (62 miles) per day.
Marianne became interested in the PlantPure Pod network after watching PlantPure Nation. After hearing about the health benefits, especially for athletes, Marianne and Matt became motivated to spread the message. Marianne has done exercise therapy for six years, and she became certified in plant-based nutrition through e-Cornell in order to consult with clients more effectively.
She says, “I can’t believe what I can do now as an athlete, that I could never do before.” She anticipates the journey will be challenging in terms of planning meals, but they are both up for the challenge.
Marianne recently started the pod group Yegplant, in Edmonton, which you can visit at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1685041395090868/.
If you’re a Pod group leader in Canada, get in touch with Marianne and Matt now via Facebook, so they can visit you along their journey! You can follow them on their journey through Facebook, Instagram, and their YouTube channel:
- Facebook: MnM Explore Canada
- Instagram: Vegan Incline, and Bicycle Banana Bum
- Twitter: @MnMExploreCAN
- Tumblr: Banana Bicycle Bum
- Vegan Incline Youtube Channel (They’re planning on posting as many videos as possible on the journey, to keep people updated on what they’re eating, where they are, and to serve as a resource for others doing the same.)