Loaves and Fishes – A Journey Coast to Coast Third Edition: An Alzheimer’s fundraiser. 

Loaves and Fishes 

“Read your amazing book today! It’s like you were reading it to me!! Your spirit, enthusiasm, love for life and commitment shined through! I could not put it down!” Liz Burnell, CT. USA.

“I just finished reading your book, great story, it was like i was on the bike but you were doing all the work, Thank you for sharing your story”  Serge Debouis, London On.

“Well it is a great fun book to read and it amazes me that you did it. Interesting…I could read it in an afternoon but I like reading a 3 or 4 fun stories then I save it for another day” Jennifer Linton, Grand Manan, NB

“Quite Enjoyed It !! You have a ‘clarity’ of purpose and style of writing which involves the reader – not to mention the angels!” Susan Murar, Stratford Ont.

A series of short stories of remarkable events on a journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic. It all began with a chance meeting and one question. Two years later that developed into a 76 day expedition cycling from Vancouver to Halifax. He was not a cyclist, and had no idea how this trip would change his life.

The purpose of this Journey was to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Don Martel left Vancouver expecting to produce a colourful tabletop book on completion of his trip. However, it will amaze you to read about the miraculous and fascinating occurrences on his journey. These trues stories could not be told in photographs they begged to be authored.

Find out how and why it all happened. Who he met and the life lessons learned.

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Click here to see some images from the trip so far.

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Click Donate to become a sponsor of the book  “Coast to Coast”

Don will miss his family and friends this summer as he cycles across Canada to teach photography and to raise money for the Alzheimer’s society. He’s going to miss a few creature comforts too, a hot shower, a comfortable bed, and a roof over his head in a storm. If you’d like to support Don with a personal donation for his trip, your name will appear as a contributor in his book that will result from this adventure.



We’re all anxiously awaiting the stories, pictures and connections he will make as he, his bicycle and camera travel over 8000 kilometers.Don has prepared himself best he can for this once in a lifetime trip but if you’d like to be a spoke in the rim that keeps him rolling through the mountains of B.C., across the prairies and on to the hills of New Brunswick, you can donate any amount and become as sponsor of the book “Coast to Coast”

 For the first time ever!  Buy an original print 1/1 to help fund this trip across the country .  There are only 12 available in this first series Click here




 Thank you Fuji!


 London Photographer to Cycle Across Canada for the Alzheimer’s Society

London Ontario – Professional photographer Don Martel of London Ontario will cycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean this summer to teach photography, share stories, and encouraged Canadians to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society as he makes new memories for lost memories. Starting in Vancouver on June 5, 2015 Don with start his journey of over 8000 kms, ride through 10 provinces, conducting one-day photography workshops wherever he can.

The workshops will help keep food on the campfire as he journeys across Canada making new images and memories. Don plans to be in Nova Scotia by the end of August. This trip was inspired by April Erickson and Marcel Pennington of B.C. who embarked on a four-month bike ride across Canada to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in 2012. Don met them at a grocery store in Temagami in Northern Ontario and hearing their story, invited them to stay with his photography workshop group for the night, giving the couple a comfortable night’s rest. In the summer of 2014, April and Marcel were married in the Okanagan Valley of B.C. Don photographed the wedding with payment being a custom build bike by Marcel.

That bike got the wheels turning. Don was increasingly aware that the memories held by his mother-in-law, Marjorie Symons were slipping away due to Alzheimer’s. And so, the bike ride will be repeated with new stories, new images, and new donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.