After a 40-plus-hour bus journey, Hamilton’s Jeff May arrived in Regina at about dawn on Saturday morning.

He embarked on the mostly sleepless trek with a goal in mind: get to this Sunday’s Grey Cup any way he could. An ardent Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan, May, 51, will be in the crowd cheering on his beloved Tabbies as they face off against CFL West champs the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Calling just hours after he reached Regina — where he was greeted by temperatures that felt like -35 C with the wind chill — May told CBC Hamilton about the bumpy two-day bus ride, meeting people from around the country who are making the Grey Cup pilgrimage, and the prairie hospitality he’s encountered during his first morning in Riderville.

Rider fan with Ticats flag

Upon his arrival in Regina on Saturday, May was able to convince a Roughriders fan to pose with a Hamilton Tiger-Cats flag. (Courtesy of Jeff May)

​“I walked into a doughnut shop full of Rider fans about to watch the [Grey Cup] parade and started booing them, and that created a lot of laughter,” said May.

“It’s all friendly here and we’re all fellow CFL fans. Everyone has the same attitude, that it’s going to be fun for all.”

To hear his Saturday morning report from Regina, click on the box in the top left-hand corner of the page.

CBC Hamilton will check in with May again on Sunday, the morning of the Grey Cup.