Eve of Day 1

Eve of Day 1
The past few days I have been staying with friends Lindsey and Donny in Ladner, BC. An interesting little fishing town that has house boats on the Fraser river…great views of the Rockies when the sun is out (rarely btw). On Saturday I went for my last cycle before the trip, touring 75km thru Surrey, ...

Vancouver here I come… 1

Vancouver here I come...
Up early this morning as my uncle chauffeured me to the Toronto airport. On the way we stopped at Spokes and Sports, a great bike shop on Avenue road north of Lawrence in Toronto. The staff at Spokes, particularly Peter were a great help. Peter spent almost 2 hrs with me a few weeks back ...

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park (test run) 1

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park (test run)
Saturday afternoon I loaded up the trailer with everything I will be bringing on the trip and headed off the Sharbot Lake Provincial Park. While only a 35km ride it proved to be a perfect trial run. Along the way I stopped in to the Sharbot Lake Grocery store, no Pusitaries 🙂 as I will need to grab ...

Final Prep week… 6

Final Prep week...
My last week of training is more about checking all the products I am bringing and testing my plans. This past week I “enjoyed” a few nights in my tent…turns out not as glamorous as it looks. Takes a bit of time to get used to sleeping outdoors. At first you hear every little noise, ...

First Edition of David’s “Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives”!!!

First Edition of David's
Place: THE JUNCTION Location: Sharbot Lake, Trans-Canada Hwy This was an idea from a colleague that we thought everyone would enjoy. Given I will be travelling across the country, why not comment on the restaurants (chip trucks) I stop at. So The Junction is everything you would expect from a country restaurant…I arrived to 3 ...

Final Stages of Training

Final Stages of Training
Only 17 more days till day 1 of cycling across the country! As of May 1st I have relocated to my Aunt Dora and Uncle Bob’s cottage (yes, Bobs my uncle) for a couple weeks of final stage training. Loaded the bike on the back of the car and headed north of Kingston! Nothing better ...

Bike setup for winter training

Bike setup for winter training

Masters Weekend :)

I am cruising through week 8 of my training and finishing my regular three hours at the Cricket Club’s Fitness Center.  One hour on the indoor bike at a steady pace of 25-30km/hr, then 45min workout followed by another hour on the bike simulating hill riding. I have been outdoors cycling twice this week and ...

Researching the trip

Had the opportunity to speak with the godfather of coast to coast cycling today, Steve Langston.  For those who don’t know, Steve cycled Canada in 2010 and wrote the best reference book Canada by Bicycle (www.canadabybicycle.com). Having talked to so many of my friends about this tour, and they all have questions from “what are ...

Am I Crazy? 5

I have been asked this question a few times…I don’t think I am, but I guess if you are going to spend 102 days basically alone on a bike, peddling 8000km, camping the majority of the way you must have a couple screws loose? It appears to me that we lose sight of the bigger ...

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