Cycling in a skirt

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


The end of the road?

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



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



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

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The company of strangers

Flag of Canada  Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Thursday, September 12, 2013



Guaranteed, the first three things that people will ask me at any time are:

Where are you heading?….”Vancouver –  wow you’ve got a long way to go”

Where did you start?….”Toronto – no way, gee that’s mad”

Who are you cycling with….? “YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN?!!”  And I’m not exaggerating the capitals. 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