Cycling in a skirt

One life, some bicycles. A million possibilities, zero clue!


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Hell on Wheels and a Lesson for Future Me

It’s the morning of the winter solstice today and, taking initiative from the Druids at Stonehenge I levered myself out of a warm bed in the early hours to head to the beach and greet the sunrise. The chilly, sleep-addled start was pretty soon forgotten though as a dark, cloudy and menacing sky reluctantly cleared, giving way to a fierce red dawn.

I’m also finding that there’s something about this time of year that makes people reflect on both endings and new beginnings. Continue reading

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Back to the future

Flag of United States  San Diego, California, USA – Friday, November 22, 2013

Bixby bridge by Big Sur

Bixby bridge by Big Sur

Friday the 22nd November, it’s raining in Southern California, for one of the few days this year according to all the locals I meet.
However, sunshine finally breaks back through and at 3.30 pm a police car pulls up next to me at a red light, leaning over to chat the officer asks the usual questions…
” Where d’ya start from”
Me: “Toronto”
“Awesome and just where do you finish”
Me: “In about 200 meters, at that hostel over there”
“Well in that case – Welcome to San Diego” Continue reading


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Life on the edge

Flag of United States  Santa Cruz, California, USA – Sunday, November 3, 2013

I’ll share if you will…?

At the time of writing it is exactly 100 days since I set out from Toronto and, it’s still slightly surreal. Over 4200 miles (6759km) travelled with1161 (1868km) of those down the western coast of the USA.

After crossing over 3000 miles (4828km) of Canadian territory I think I had a slightly lackadaisical attitude towards covering just half that distance to cycle the USA from top to bottom.
As a good friend commented, “That will learn me!” Continue reading


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In Tents

Flag of United States  Klamouth, California, USA – Friday, October 18, 2013

Home

Home

Camping, is not something I generally enjoy. In fact, I would usually select literally any other option rather than sleep in a tent, I like my creature comforts and absolutely hate being cold.
I’m as shocked as anyone by a) how much camping I’ve done on this trip, and b) how much I have (generally) enjoyed it. There are of course caveats. Continue reading


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We are sailing

Flag of United States  Seaside, Oregon, USA – Friday, October 11, 2013

We are sailing

beside the sea

Beside the sea

It will probably come as little surprise to anyone who knows me that Vancouver, as it turns out, was not the end of the adventure.
After a few magical days of rest and relaxation and wonderful Warmshowers hospitality, Claud was getting restless to be back on the road, and to be honest so was I. Continue reading


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The end of the road?

Flag of Canada  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Thursday, September 26, 2013

Arrived!

I MADE IT!

And I’m very happy to shout about it. Especially after one of my toughest weeks to date. Going solo again, I rode through the beautiful, fertile Okanagan valley where fruit stands bursting with colourful local produce line the highway. But autumn has definitely fallen this side of the Rockies with night time temperatures below freezing, plus a spell of stormy wet weather it has made camping, and cycling a cold, challenging pass time. Continue reading


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Eating for four (the Rocky road)

Flag of Canada  Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada –Thursday, September 19, 2013

fuel

Re-fueling

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, the title is literal!
As I near the end of my journey I wanted to write about one of the biggest parts of life on the road – food.
It’s the stuff that has helped me cover over 2500 miles (4000 km), get through five provinces and two mountain passes.
I confess to having a bit of a love/hate relationship with food and the sheer amount I am having to consume. Continue reading