Cycling in a skirt

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In the beginning there were Google Maps

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Flag of Canadaย  Toronto, ON, Canada – Monday, July 22, 2013

Just arrived in Canada

So, I’ve just asked Google Maps to plan me a route from Toronto to Vancouver by bicycle…..the response that came back said ‘none available’.
In imagined brackets it also said “Are you crazy lady?!”
The short answer is probably yes.

Entering route data for a car, Google tells me the distance is some 4367km (2713 miles) and would take 1 day, 16 hours, 21 minutes of non-stop driving. However, this was going via the USA. Basically what I am saying then, is that I have no idea what distance I will travel or how long it will take.
I’m assuming something close to the above approximate distance though, with an estimated time frame of 2-2.5 months.

This is based on nothing scientific whatsoever, and doesn’t allow for inclement weather, wind direction (I’m going against the ambient wind apparantly), hills/mountains, mechanical hitches, bears, cougars or just getting plain lost.

That aside, I am so excited. Canada is an unfathomably large land mass (to someone from the UK). It is beautiful, vast, wild, full if changing scenery and topography and to date, populated with some if the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

I can’t wait to get on my bicycle and to start exploring. My Planned departure date is on or around Sunday 28th July. Most of the organising is now done and I’m keen to be underway.
I’ll post my next entry just before I leave, but I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone, so keep those emails coming, will be thinking of you all.
(If you woiuld rather not be on the blog email list there is an unsubscribe option or just let me know)

Until then, and for interest, my trip itinerary is roughly as follows:………..Toronto to Tobermory via Caledon, Markdale, Owen Sound.Manatoulin Island, Espanola, Sault St Marie, Lake Superior.Thunder Bay to Winnipeg via Fort Frances and Kenora.South of the Trans Canada to Regina via Minnedosa and Virden, then on to Calgary via Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Drumheller. Canmore, Lake Louise and across the Rockies by Kicking Horse pass and Rogers Pass before beginning the home straight through Kelowna, around the Okanaga Lakes to take the Manning Park route through the coast mountains to Hope. Finally following the Fraser river into Vancouver for a celebration ๐Ÿ™‚
Looks easy on paper!


Lyn Meikle on Jul, 22 2013 at 5:7PM Thinking of you and wishing you all the best for this crazy journey – if anyone can do it you can! lots of love xxxx

John Lambert on Jul, 25 2013 at 9:54PM Looking forward to following along – wishing you all the best for the first leg of the journey!

Mark G. on Jul, 26 2013 at 8:11AM Who needs Sat Nav!
Sounds like the most thrilling and exciting adventure.
Love every minute of it.
Can’t wait to read your updates, it’ll be like being in your panniers!
Enjoy it x

Kimmikins on Jul, 26 2013 at 9:29AM You go girl. Spartacus has nothing on you….! xx

Mum & Dad on Jul, 26 2013 at 10:20AM Glad we are able to follow your epic journey from the comfort of our arm chairs ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a great time and keep those photos coming. XX

Karen Eckersley on Jul, 26 2013 at 2:24PM Bonjour Lorraine,
We are you very much looking forwards to following your progress.
Bon voyage.
Lots of love
Karen and Francis

Rosalyn on Jul, 27 2013 at 9:51AM Hello!! you are def one adventurous lady!! sounds a bit scary with those bears and cougars but a lot of fun too!!are you driving or are you still riding on your bike?
all the best ros x

Karen Eckersley on Jul, 27 2013 at 2:43PM Neat photo.
Recipes on the road too please.
Inventive recipes for tinned tomatoes and macaroni( or maybe not).
sorbus on Jul, 27 2013 at 6:34PM Will be a doddle Lorraine. You’ll spend evenings sitting around looking for triathlon or two. But bon chance and will be following you – thankfully from a Cretan beach. Rowan x


sorbus on Jul, 27 2013 at 6:40PM Will be a doddle Lorraine! You’ll spend evenings looking for triathlons to occupy you. But, seriously, bon chance, bon voyage and all other bons. Keep blogs coming – will enjoy them from the comfort of a Cretan beach.

Jan and Pete on Jul, 29 2013 at 11:17AM Go, go go!!! So envious of your spirit and determination – if anyone can do it, you can – just watch our for the ‘cougars’!!!Much love and safe, happy journey my friend.

Tina,Mike,Joshua & Nicholas Krans on Jul, 30 2013 at 3:4AM Hi
It was so nice to meet you! We’re so happy to have been part of your incredible journey! I hope that you didn’t get caught in the rain today and are feeling well. Take care!

Sonia on Aug, 1 2013 at 6:11PM Well done Lorraine, if you had just waited a bit longer I would have come with you (Mum laughing in background).

sonya cavanagh on Aug, 10 2013 at 10:5AM Wishing you amazing safe travels amazing Lorraine !!

Claire in Winnipeg ๐Ÿ™‚ on Aug, 25 2013 at 4:33AM You are so great!!! You are enjoying your own life.When I visit Vancouver, we can meet again.Hopefully, have a good trip with your bicycle and always be in safe.See you again~~~

Author: cycling in a skirt

A forty-something, journeying through life on two wheels. Possessor of limited common sense and practical ability, but full of a passion for adventure, life and bicycles. Writing about the highs and lows of cycling, cycle touring, skirts, silliness and the daily struggle not to grow up and be responsible.

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