Where He is Now

A few weeks ago I got some unexpected results when I Googled the phrase, “Where are they now?”

Soon I’ll have to expect the unexpected. It happened again today when I Googled,

man walks Trans Canada Trail

As I struggled to wake up this morning, I heard an interview with a guy who had just completed the second “to coast” portion of that “coast to coast to coast” trail that is one of our National Treasures.  After misfortunes that included ravens shredding his tent, Tuktoyaktukians helped him complete the final leg, picking him up at dark, putting him up for the night, and then returning him to the Trail the next morning to continue his hike.

Marker for Mile Zero of Trans Canada Trail in Tuktoyaktuk
TransCanada Trail – Mile Zero marker in Tuktoyaktuk

It’s an amazing accomplishment, for sure.  A singular accomplishment, you might think.  But Google brought me pieces starting 5 years ago.  Why hadn’t I heard about all these guys?

The unexpected thing?  It’s all the same guy.  It’s one guy, persevering through all the life that happened to him through the decade.

I think there’s a lesson we learn
about just following through
with what you said you’re going to do.




  1. Tom Watson

    I saw a blurb on TV last night about that man and his trip. I hadn’t realized that ravens could be so vicious that they would tear his tent to shreds. Shows you I don’t know much about ravens, I guess.


    1. It’s not just birds that can get feisty when their territory is invaded. Before John began to throw out unsalted nuts or peanuts in their shells (their favourite), red squirrels would sit on branches above him, tear off little branches (8-15″ long) and incessantly drop them on him and his painting. Nut “rent” solved that completely.

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