After catching the appeal of the road through backpacking, 25-year-old oil and gas worker Nathaniel Smood is getting ready to cycle the TransCanada Trail to help raise funds and awareness about mental health supports.
“I’m biking 4,000km around BC and AB starting July 15. As someone who has struggled with my own mental health for years, I decided to do this fundraiser as part of my vacation,” he says.
"I fell in love with doing adventurous stuff and the amount that has helped my mental health alone is amazing!! I’m hoping to make a positive impact in at least one person’s life.”
He expects the route to be Dawson Creek, Edmonton, Calgary and then onto Pemberton - the rough plan of 100km each day.
"Mental health is important – getting out of your bubble and talking to people,” he says.
"Men, woman and children need to know that they are not alone in whatever they’re dealing with. This is something that has huge meaning to me and if doing something I love can help people get out of their heads and/or house then I absolutely have no reason not to do this.”