Most of my years were spent just working, trying to stay afloat, trying to save a bit of money, going to school, raising my son, (now, that was not work! A man at Tim’s came over to our table and asked about our trip. I gently picked his soft little body off the tent with a piece of tissue paper and put him back outside. Cyclists travel exclusively in Canada and in all 10 provinces with a range of challenge levels. It was work and it was hard, both of us were sweaty, but it felt good, right, enjoyable. I don’t know if I’d ever do it again………and yet, it was the most amazing, the most incredible, summer I’ve ever had.”. We stopped for lunch under a bridge in Pomquet. Since we have some leisure time banked, we decided to do just that.”Come on up to the house” Pat said, “and you can get settled in.”Â. Tour du Canada is a classic cross-Canada bicycle tour that has run annually since 1988. “Wind”, I said under my breath between gasps, “We checked the weather network and you’re supposed to be with us today”. The ferry from PEI to Caribou, Nova Scotia takes about 75 minutes. “And raisin toast, Just help yerself.” Another example of the kindness of strangers. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. He’s a fast talker and with his thick accent, I found myself having to process what he said, so I wouldn’t “get it” for several seconds after he’d spoken. Perfect cycling weather! But I knew we’d been to where it was born! Charlie was talking with one couple, Pat and Sharon Sutherland, and they asked where we were going to stay tonight. They have to get themselves ready before awakening their year old twins.  We were recognized by the gent who we’d met at Tim’s. The country isn’t stingy with scenic highlights. We arrived at Ian Cameron’s home minutes before the arrival of more Hunter/Cameron clan. Charlie wrote the number of kilometre we’d ridden on our (now former) cutting board and our motto, EFI, adopted from a CBC broadcast I’d heard about an 80 year old man who’d cycled from the most western point in Canada to the most eastern and also from the most northern part of Canada to the most southern. The day wore on and we stayed put, both of us content and focused on our electronics. We’d suffered one broken spoke (our first ever) leaving us to hitchhike to the nearest shop. Some days, some moments in our lifetimes, are unforgettable. They know her by name there. We planned, schemed, dreamed about it. It was from a local brewery ( they are springing up everywhere! ) The ferry was in a bit late, so our departure was delayed.  I will email her and ask her for her blog site; she couldn’t remember it off hand.Â. We passed Rearguard Falls, the furthest up-river destination for Salmon to swim and lay their eggs. We and the tent would have been swept into the lake, I’m sure. And I don’t like choppy little rooms. I recognized her right away, but wasn’t absolutely sure.  ????? I don’t eat things like that often and Charlie, never, but I confess; I really like Maynards sour wine gums. There were hourly fruit snacks, chocolate bars, ice cream and nuts.  3 km, August 5, 2017, Day 75, Afton, Nova Scotia to St Peters, Cape Breton.  They were fine. They’ve lived in Finland,  Aria’s homeland, Africa and in several different areas across Canada. Whether you are cycling across Canada or just biking through a province or two, this guidebook presents detailed maps and all of the information that you need to explore the country by bicycle. Dale, the owner, invited us to camp on his property which extended way back to the tip of the lake. The last part inclined sharply but suddenly I had a renewal of energy and I jacked it up, as I reached the top, Charlie beside me! We did go to a pub for a pint and fish and chips. We were inside for most of it, Charlie plugged into his Amazon Fire, blogging, me attempting to read, failing and nodding off. This is our dream (almost) realized! I just made an emergency exit from the tent. I could have given Charlie a kick under the table. Anyway, he drove off. Heading out of Vancouver, we initially followed the Trans Canadian Trail – at 22,000km it’s one of the longest cycle trail networks in the world. A fine mist of rain with the looming prospect of a heavy downpour. On the other side was “Chippin’ Dales, famous fish and chips”. Felix ran over to his guinea pigs and said ” You are NEVER going to Peru!” It was quite cute. It was fun and we hope to see you again soon. We drove there, taking extra special care; if you’re going to have a fender-bender, it’s best to do so in your own car. 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If I buy them I’m liable to make my jaw sore from eating them, one after the next, until they’re gone. His wife lives in Victoria, Australia and they face-time daily and he has a gps tracker. This route passes through the heart of the Canadian Rockies with views that you have to see to believe. We congratulated each other! Incredible. Very sentimental,  he was teary-eyed when he spoke of his deceased parents and friends, He believes that God put him on the earth to try to do good whenever he could.” Well, he and Sharon were sure good to us! We made arrangements to meet 3 hours later. It was early and we hadn’t decided what we wanted to do for the day. I took the opportunity to call my dad to tell him where we were. A maintenance man stopped to chat. I was shaking a bit as I climbed, not only from the effort, but also because of emotional overload. We cycled on through the touristy towns of Banff and then Calgary, the cowboy capital of Canada. Rapha Blog 9. The panic, the congested hallways….. Don’t even go there Wend……. He was going to the ferry to get to Nova Scotia. Boulder Report (Tie) 8. Ahhh…….Â, Back to the hills. You suggest the sand bar? Along the way, you’ll see the Rocky Mountains and a variety of wildlife – including a wolf sanctuary. So began our life of eating as much food as possible; porridge for breakfast often followed by a full Canadian fry-up in a cafe within the first hour. I’d never have known they were tongues. And before I decided to ride across the country for the first time, I’d never so much as taken an overnight bike camping trip, nor ridden my bike farther than 60 miles in a day. Now what? According to tradition, if/when that happens, the substitute dancer is “adopted” into the family. I think there’s a wasp’s nest somewhere around here. You’re the weak link. I was in and out of little places as I pleased. Blueberry muffins with  cardomen. Fat Cyclist 4. As a young man in Holland, he was interested in the culture of Native North American people. Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador! Â, We had a good wash at the sink in the restaurant and now, since the campground is full, we’ve pitched our tent at the manse, in the shadow of the old Catholic church. Soon after Charlie and I excused ourselves and went downstairs to bed.   The inside, though, has been updated somewhat without jarring the ambience. Let’s go to this one since it’s starting in 20 minutes and we’re already here anyway. I have wanted to bike across Canada since I was 22, ever since my brother, Kevin, and I cycled from Banff to Vancouver. Gulf Islands, BC biking – a fun way to explore the islands. Thanks to the truckers! Tragically he was killed in a car accident before he was able to realize that dream. But it’s true. We went on.Â, Eventually we came to a corner. If you’re biking across Canada, the Golden Triangle is a must for cyclists. ” …tout seul, comme une grande fille!” (Translates to “…by myself, like a big girl!”) A group of 4 people in their late, late 60’s or early 70’s were standing outside the information centre at Placentia. He told us of how he’d met her at age 21, she 19. The top sites that made this list are ranked according to Alexa (33.3%), Domain Authority (33.3%), Page Authority (33.3%) indicators. They joined us just after we’d eaten an appetizer of deep fried cod’s tongues. You can go in and have one if you’d like.”. After dinner we walked up to the Templeton’s spacious, comfortable home. The smell of bacon and sausage wafted downstairs. Then he has to clamber back up, only to slide down again. They have a large deck overlooking Conception Bay, the seats of which were all full. We left Tims and almost immediately started to climb towards Signal Hill. We rode to a famous restaurant in these parts, a place called Chess’s, which is famous for, you guessed it, fish and chips. There were lights around the ship and we watched the waves or wake created as the boat surged forward through the water.              22km, August 7, 2017, Day 77, St Peters to East Bay, Cape Breton,    77km, August 6, 2017, Day 76, St Peters, Cape Breton. It doesn't seem to matter how often I wash and change them.                                                                   Head? “Around 6am”, replied Charlie. He plays guitar and spoke of the big parties they used to host. He said that he’d keep us on our usual schedule and there was no way we were going to leave without him cooking for us., So 6am we were up. Â. Once there we purchased food to make a salad and some things for lunch for the following day. We had said our goodbyes early to Mark and Suzane, leaving without eating. Tours range from a 2 day, one week, two week to 10 weeks. Holyrood boasts a few places to eat and judging by the number of cars outside The Station House, that was the one to go to. Thanks to the friends we got to visit along the way: Traci and Rob, Sandra and John, Geri and Les. Allow a minimum of two weeks though really three to four weeks woul… The guy who “doored” him said, “Sorry , my bad” before he disappeared into the adjacent smoke shop. We made and ate our breakfast on the stairs of the building beside the church and were ready to walk in at the top of the hour. How much further can this hill be? Truely professional drivers. There’s not much to see and there’s nothing much that people would want to buy. “Have we finished?” Willy, Charlie’s youngest brother called from work, “Were we done yet?” No, but soon. Bike trail from NYC to Canada set to open by the end of the year. We rode along the highway until exit 35 and took that into Holyrood. This annual event was first held in 1988 and 2020 will be our 32nd year! I have wanted to bike across Canada since I was 22, ever since my brother, Kevin, and I cycled from Banff to Vancouver. We had a feast. He’d gotten lost despite his GPS and he found St Johns to be wild with activity. His head, fortunately helmeted, cracked hard against the pavement and the bike fell on top of him. I don’t like stained ceilings from leaky roofs, or slow, temperamental plumbing. The woodwork is extraordinary.   Good thing we did too because this deck is one that the local kids like to hang around as it’s the deck leading up to the store. I lost those fish tacos  and Newfie chips and iceberg beer on the side of her property about 4 feet from the tent. Within the first week we would hit the huge intimidating Rocky Mountains with climbs up to 2000m. Anyway, we are snug and comfy in our cabin and sure of a good nights sleep. Every corner led to another jaw dropping sight, with classic views of high snow-capped peaks in the background, breathtakingly stunning turquoise lakes (created by glacial silt in the water) and fir tree forests. It tastes good but you can feel your arteries harden with every bite. It’s just a tiny little place on the water’s edge with a long, long lineup. Ah, there! We soon learned that one day of headwind meant another day of tailwind would be coming along, so we tried looked for the positives, telling ourselves how fit we’ll be by the end! She explained the “Chase the Ace” gambling game that we’re seeing every where in Cape Breton. Go back to counting or singing all those songs you don’t know. One night she went to a party at Mark’s house, just as a friend, just as a friend, and who should open the door but her favourite customer, Mark’s dad. We packed up our things from camping beside the manse. The Trans-Canada Highway runs from Victoria to St. John’s, a distance of 7,821 kilometres. Quebec is one of the best spots to enjoy an extended bike trip in Canada – largely because of their incomparable Green Route network.  A huge turning point for me was when Charlie came into my life 13 years ago. One of our main concerns was ‘what about the bears?’ On our first of many visits to the excellent Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) we discussed various bear-protection options available to us, including choosing airtight food containers (to keep the smell of food from escaping), to a bar bell, to pepper spray, to flare guns and even guns with live ammunition. Light, crisp and pure. I had my coffee, Charlie some OJ and we blogged. We’ve yet to find otherwise. Â. Mario began training by joining charity bike tours. Last year he motored throughout Australia, this year he was taking 5 months to travel throughout North America. Then you've come to the right place! They were up! Along the way, the weather varied by 40 degree extremes, with humidity making hills extremely tiring. She converted an old schoolhouse into her home and then eventually into “Rita’s Teahouse”. We recognize that and respect them for their efforts, and at the same time are appreciative of how fortunate, how blessed we are.  “Out you go”. Overcast skies and a brisk chill wind. Another peaceful beautiful night. He said” Smartest thing I ever did was to show up.” They’ve been married 45 years and have a 44 year old daughter. Charlie and our host had gone to meet Maura and Jol at a nearby intersection to retrieve our panniers. The phrase 'We're cycling across Canada' is usually met by two reactions; shock, amazement and horror that we were stupid enough to even attempt this, or a simple nod of the head –people assuming we’d be travelling by bus, car or at the very least motorbike. This was where the restaurants,  lounge, shops, etc., were. I wanted to look around the shops unhindered. We’d heard that they made the best French fries and lobster rolls in town. Gonna send you off right, with a hot breakfast in you.” Thre was no talking him out of it. Beautiful, natural, albeit unstained, unpolished wood floors layed in rectangular log cabin patterns here, and longitudinally there. We took it easy with shorter days of about 40km cycling, which meant we could enjoy the many walks just off the road. But I do have to say, whether it’s nature or nurture, those kids are incredibly well behaved! We are grateful that we were able to take time off from work.  We asked Sharon if we could at least make dinner for them and while Pat would have to have leftovers much later, we 3 could have dinner together. The sky was dark all day. I’m in agreement with that too. A walk in the park compared to Crossing Africa but this is an entirely different challenge on its own. All-in-all, a pretty relaxed day. So, did I did I do this on my own? We seem to be like magnets these days; anyone who has ever been on or thought of taking a bike trip comes over to tell us about their journeys. Away we went, our bikes lighter as Maura had taken our excess gear. We climbed it and then, there was another hill. The statistics were frightening. We’re best friends, kindred spirits, as they say, my partner in every plan, my refuge when times get rough, my lover, my confidante. Anyway, this one was from “Spruce Tree Brewery” and it tasted just like a spruce tree. It was such a comfort to stay with you in your RV and eat everything Rebecca put in front of us. We wandered through the downtown. For years, we did. Nice weather, this final day of cycling across Canada.      92km, August 9th, 2017, Day 79, Sydney River to North Sydney to somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean headed to Newfoundland   36km, August 8th, 2017, Day 78, East Bay to Sydney River, Cape Breton. He was and is the best man ever! How fair is that?! We went right down to the harbour where there were ships moored. We’ve either gotten there too early or too late to see them, but today there were 4 in the harbour. Charlie was knocked off balance, tried to recover and failed, landing on his back.    99 km, August 3rd, 2017, Day 73, Charlottetown to the Pictou Rotary (and then to Meadowville),  Nova Scotia   80 km, August 2, 2017, Day 73, around Charlottetown ,  20km. A solo and unsupported cycling tour across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John's, Newfoundland. “Go ahead, if you’d like. Now, retired and young enough to really enjoy it, they split their time between Georgia, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He left the family to live with her and now they’ve been married 25 years. There was a clear, cool, inviting river and we just had to go for a swim. The ferry rocks a bit and it’s tricky to keep a firm step but I danced anyway. As we had our lunch on a bench, who should walk by but that woman cyclist I’d met the day before.  As we waited, who should appear but Craig, the English guy we’d met on the ferry. We applied ourselves and worked our way up. The ups and downs you experience whilst cycling these distances are extreme and vary, dependent on gradient, tiredness, weather, distance, and food (or lack of it). We made and ate our breakfast outside, chatting with the people who came over. I risked losing Charlie to take a few pictures. His enthusiasm, even when things were tough never waned. The insects were swirling around, just two or three, then suddenly twenty, thirty and more of them. Besides,there were festivals going on right here in St Peters for the Tall Ships and for something else, I can’t remember the name. We were oblivious to it, thanks to Pat and Sharon.               Uhh…I could do with a little more circulation but I’m ok. Arms? They made us feel very much at home, directing us to an attic bedroom, pointing out a shower and when we were both clean and shiny again, putting a beer in our hands. Can’t ask for better than that.   One, the “If and When” was built by General Paton who planned on sailing around the world with his wife if he made it through the war. I’ve had it before but I wasn’t  sure just how much I like it. He has a big personality. It would soon burn off but it leant a mysterious appeal to the fields about us. We planned on making and eating our breakfast down there and then checking out the watercraft. Immediately we faced an imposing hill. Such was the case today. Canada is the second largest country in the world and you will find no fewer than 415,000 kilometres of paved blacktop to ride. I shudder to think of what would happen in any kind of emergency.                                              I’m tired! 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