Loaves and Fishes – A Journey Coast to Coast $25 cdn includes shipping in Canada

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Great things happen when you abandon your comfort zone.

Some 8200 kilometers and 76 days of cycling from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean alone was definitely out of my comfort zone. Although I rode solo, I was never alone as Canadians across the country were with me.

People know me as a professional photographer and will be surprised that I am publishing this collection of short stories. Originally, I envisioned a colourful table-top book of photographs. However, an incredible series of events overwhelmingly tipped the scales toward the written word. The outpouring of kindness and generosity by the people of Canada needed to be told.

This book represents the first stage of my incredible journey from Vancouver to Halifax, where I forged friendships and experienced many hardships, setbacks, and detours. It continues with the second stage. I committed to stretch out of my comfort zone again to write about my experiences.

A main purpose of the journey was to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. I’m hoping this book will raise money to help with research and supporting the Alzheimer’s associations in each province.

I’m dedicating this book to everybody affected by Alzheimer’s, but especially to Marjorie Symons. Marjorie’s wonderful wink, beautiful smile and sense of fun poured from her spirit. Her memories slowly disappeared but they live on in all those whose lives she touched.

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

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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.