10,000 Coffees

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I was ready for a good nights sleep. No 18 wheelers, no ACDC, just the crickets singing their cricket song. Everything was good until 4.30am. Then the heavens opened and the tent got its christening. The rain lashed down but the tent stayed dry and being six feet off the ground certainly helped. I would like to say it was a rhythmic sound but it was more like the hammering of a drum.

Today, I had to do the short trip from London to Waterloo. I had been used to driving 8 to 10 hours a day so the hour and a half drive was a blessing. I was scheduled to meet Laura at a McCafe in Waterloo at 12 noon so I didn’t want to be late. This chat had been set up by 10,000 coffees and supported by McDonalds. Their mandate is to find a new way for young people to unlock opportunities and share their ideas and for industry leaders to share their experience. 10,000 coffees connects students, recent grads, and young professionals with leaders and established professionals over a cup of coffee to share insights and spark ideas that will plant the seeds of future opportunities.

Laura had contacted me and wanted to chat. She is a student at Waterloo University taking Geography and Environmental Management. She loves to travel and has a very cool website www.greengoatstravel.com . She spent a year in London, UK working at a city farm. After finishing our Earl Grey and Green tea’s we said goodbye and I headed off to find my campsite for the night.

Colin from Right To Play, Wilfrid Laurier had booked a site for me at the Laurel Creek Conservation area. He met me at the gate with two other RTP University members and they showed me around the park. We chatted about tomorrows European hand ball Guinness World Record and he let slip that Johann Koss would be coming. Johann had joined me on one of my 250 marathons in 2010 so I was thrilled that he would be participating in the 10th and final Quest. I just hope we get the record.

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