In a little over a week, Ritchie Hughes – a fellow Tripleshot member and veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces – will leave for France to participate in the 2015 Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride. The seven-day, 555-kilometre ride starts at Vimy Ridge Memorial and follows the footsteps of Canadian WWI troops into Belgium and its historic Flanders Fields. From Bruges, the ride’s focus shifts to WWII and the major role Canadians played on the path to Victory in Europe as the world marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day and the liberation of the Netherlands. The ride ends in Nijmegen, Netherlands – the site of the only Canadian war cemetery in Holland.
Over coffee after yesterday’s ride, Ritchie asked if it would be possible to recreate the Wounded Warriors logo as a Strava doodle.
Well, Ritchie – here’s your answer.
While sketching the figures inside the maple leaf required a lot of Garmin OFF/Garmin ON dot-connecting, 90% of the maple leaf itself followed actual roads. Notably, Veteran Street and Service Street form the top right edge of the maple leaf. Total distance required to create this doodle was just shy of 60 kilometres.
A non-profit organization, Wounded Warriors supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families and provides a spectrum of care focused on mental health (in particular, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).