The Olympic torch is currently on a 106 day trip through Canada. My town of Georgetown, Ontario (population 40,000) was lucky enough to be one of the destinations this morning, on Day 51 of the relay. The torch was scheduled to go through downtown at about 7:30am. While I was hesitant at first because I didn't like the idea of getting up early on a a Saturday, a couple of my friends really wanted to go and I decided I didn't want to miss this opportunity. Who knows if I'll ever get this chance again.
So we got downtown at 7:15am and picked a nice spot on a hill where we could overlook Main St. There was already a good crowd forming when we got there. It was pretty cold at -15C (5F) with a nice brisk wind.
We got word that one of the torch bearers had to back out at the last minute at the other end of town so there was a 20 minute delay while they brought in a back up. By 7:30 the crowd had grown.
At about 7:40, the beginning of the procession reached us. The sign on the car told us it was only 5 minutes away!
Excitement is building as the procession passes through.
All of a sudden this white van with official Vancouver 2010 markings stops and lets out some guy carrying an unlit torch, about 15 feet from where I"m standing. It looks like we lucked out and will be right beside a handoff point!
Finally, after 45 minutes of waiting in the bitter cold, the torch has arrived!
Unfortunately my picture of the guy running with the torch didn't turn out so that's the last picture I have of the event. It only lasted about 30 seconds, but it was definitely a memorable experience. If anyone here is on the path of the torch back to Vancouver I encourage you to go down and see it.