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Geography Lessons

Flag of Canada  Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada – Saturday, August 31, 2013

sunflower fieldsIf I had paid more attention in school, instead of looking out of the window, dreaming of adventures, I may well have known the following:

–  Every country has a prevailing wind direction.
– This is influenced/impacted upon further by a layer of exceptionally strong atmospheric winds known as the jet stream
– Both stretch across the North American continent from west to east

I’m riding from east to west. It is very windy. Sometimes brutally so. Continue reading


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The road through the wardrobe

Flag of Canada  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Thursday, August 22, 2013


I’ve found Narnia! (otherwise known as Manitoba).For 25 out of the last 26 days I have been riding across the province of Ontario. I was seriously beginning to feel stuck in some geographical twilight zone. One where all roads lead uphill and where the provincial boundary between Ontario and Manitoba was just the stuff of fiction. Tales of mythical lands touted to gullible cyclists. Continue reading

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An intimate relationship with hills

Flag of Canada  Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada – Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bumpy road…..too right

A fellow cyclist travelling in the opposite direction, cheerfully informed me that, as well as cycling against the wind, the East to West route I’m taking has the greatest amount of hill climbing.
I can confirm that. Continue reading

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Go West

Flag of Canada  Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada – Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Looking back, moving forward

Go West, the catchy song by the ‘Village People’ has been playing on a loop in my head ever since I turned west onto Highway 17, better known as the Trans-Canadian Highway. For the uninitiated, look the song up, it will drive you crazy too I promise. Today I arrived at the end of the second stage of my journey in the city of Sault Sainte Marie on the shore of the biggest lake in the world, Lake Superior. Continue reading

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Toronto to Tobermory

Flag of Canada  Tobermory, Ontario, Canada – Thursday, August 1, 2013  

Getting ready to go

Tobermory, to me and other British citizens of a certain age is the name of a Womble. This popular children’s tv show puppet was a small furry rat-like hippie and erstwhile, spectacle wearing, recycling resident of Wimbledon Common.
The Tobermory I’m currently experiencing is none of the above. Instead, it is a stunning vista of unspoilt landscape, miles of deserted woodland and walking trails, where secluded sandy beaches melt into crystalline waters better suited to the tropics than this far north. Continue reading