Alex Nilsson Rolls Into Town

By Brian Lawrence
Creston Valley Advance

Alex Nilsson roller-skied into Creston on Saturday as he neared the end of the B.C. leg of the trip across Canada he started on June 25 to promote awareness of Type 2 diabetes.

“It’s going very well, as a matter of fact,” the 70-year-old said, while taking in the Creston Valley Garden Festival activities at Millennium Park. “Some of the roads were a little bit tougher — the Coquihalla and the Okanagan connector — but otherwise, it’s been fine.”

Nilsson’s wife, Nicole, who has been travelling along with him in their motorhome, said that they have been averaging 80 kilometres a day.

The trip from Vancouver Island — which totalled 855 kilometres by the time the couple reached Creston — hasn’t gone unnoticed; Telus is sponsoring Nilsson with the use a BlackBerry e-mail/phone device.

And the trip, which has only just begun, remains on schedule, despite its many ups and downs — which should level out once the Nilssons hit the prairies.

“I expected the mountains to be a slower process,” said Nilsson. “There are a lot of passes to climb.”