Day 13 Calgary Rest Day

Nothing much exciting to report from today. Our bikes are in for a service, so no need to mess around with them. We spend most of the day walking around the city, hanging out with my dad, sleeping and doing lots of eating. Tomorrow was entail pretty much the same thing but we have to go and retrieve our bikes later in the day.

The city is very filled with people here for the Stampede. We don’t seem to fit in dress code wise, as I don’t own flannel and cowboy boots. It’s quite the cultural experience to watch it all, however.

We will try to have a bit more of an exciting day tomorrow, for our second rest day in Calgary. I will try to get some more pictures as well, however exciting they may be.


Day 12 Lake Louise-Calgary

Today was the most beautiful day of riding ever. It’s probably the most beautiful part of the world I’ve ever seen and I’m not exaggerating. It was also a nice refresher that riding doesn’t always have to include extreme climbing. It was pretty much all downhill today which was really nice. Also, today was one of the first days that we weren’t on the Trans-Canada Highway. We took the parkway which eventually lead onto a great bike path that ran parallel to the highway.

There were SO MANY cyclists out today. I don’t know if it’s a regular route for many or if it was just a busy weekend, but it was packed. We met two guys who had also left Vancouver a day or two after us who we’re also headed to the East Coast. Funny thing is, they said they met some random construction worker who mentioned us and knew what we were doing… we never even talked to the person they described, weird!

You can see in the pictures below, but we met a guy, Cole, at our hotel in Lake Louise. Turns out he taught English in Cambodia and is very interested in doing a similar ride to Chile. It was great to discuss what we’re doing and hear how others are doing things very similar!

Guess what? We got yet another flat today! Fuuuun! Luckily it was in a very scenic spot and we were quick to fix it. I’m getting very used to being covered in grease by the end of every day. The only problem with this flat was that it was our last tube that we had on us. We were just hoping we would be able to get to the end of the day without getting another one, otherwise, we would have been in a bit of trouble.

At every town we’ve stopped in I’ve made it a goal of mine to look for stickers. I’ve begun covering the frame of my bike with stickers from everywhere we stop. I think it will be cool by the end of the trip to see the accumulation of places! Bikes are in the shop now for a tune up so I’ll post pictures as soon as we have them back.

We met my dad in Calgary which was nice. We will be here for two rest days before heading onward. It’s Stampede here at the moment so it’s incredibly busy and the streets are littered with cowboy boots and hats, and people! We’re looking forward to getting to sleep in, not wear bike shorts for a couple of days, and hang out with my dad. This is the last time we will see him until the end of August.

Very much looking forward to sleeping tonight; the sun really tires you out.

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Day 11 Rest Day Lake Louise

My apologies for not being able to post yesterday. The wifi was not cooperating very well and I didn’t want to spend my time getting too frustrated at it. We had a great rest day at Lake Louise. It’s absolutely gorgeous. We slept in, walked around, enjoyed the scenery, and relaxed until we realized that one of our tires was flat. Lucky me, I got to change it. Our third one so far this trip, way more than we had expected.

We decided to actually venture up to the lake around dinner time. We were told it was a 5km cycle. What we hadn’t been told, however, was that it was a 5km climb up a very steep mountain. This is not something we had anticipated on a cherished rest day. We made it up– almost seemed harder than Roger’s Pass (?!).

I also got an email from Tim, who runs UWS, and he sent along these videos from Katcham School. It’s pretty amazing to see how real it all is. Not really a way to describe it- watch for yourselves.

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Day 10 Golden-Lake Louise

I have never seen more picturesque scenery in my life than what I saw today. We climbed up a canyon out of Golden and then entered Yoho National park– which later turned into Banff National Park. I forgot to mention that we crossed our first time zone yesterday–pretty exciting!

I had expected today to be a lot less climbing than yesterday over Roger’s Pass, and it was, but it was still quite a lot of climbing. We reached the top of the Trans-Canada Highway today after stopping in Field, a small town 50km outside of Golden, for lunch. After that, it was a bit of a climb to the Continental Divide and the Kicking Horse Pass, the top (1640m). We talked to a few people on our way up before the hill and they all warned us that it was looong and steep (6-7% grade). Ultimately, it wasn’t as bad as I had predicted. That’s not to say it was easy, because it definitely wasn’t, but it wasn’t as bad as everyone had made it out to be.

Happy Canada Day! We saw lots of Canadian flags on cars today- pretty exciting. Today is the national holiday commemorating the confederation of Canada. Feeling a little more Canadian having explored more and more of the country every day. We’re now watching Canadian Bacon, a great movie if you’re ever in search of a movie that pokes fun at Canadian stereotypes. Another very Canadian experience today was seeing a real Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, read coat, hat, boots and all.

Around 10km before Lake Louise we crossed the border into Alberta! Pretty exciting to be moving across the continent so quickly!

(sorry for the overload of pictures)

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Day 9 Canyon Hot Springs-Golden

Roger’s Pass was today, and honestly, it was no where near as bad as I had anticipated. Fear and anticipation usually tend to be worse than the real thing. We were happily surprised when we reached the summit of 1400m. It was roughly 35km climbing. We then had 75km more to ride. We rode down for a ways but still had a bit of climbing to do. It’s almost worse going downhill on big highways like BC 1; there are lots of big trucks which create wind causing you to get pushed around quite a bit.

I was very sore in the bottom, neck, and shoulders by the end of the day. I need to work on continuing to move around whilst I’m on the bike, not just sitting still. The weather was good to us as it was pretty cloudy through the mountains and not too hot when we came down in altitude. You could definitely feel the temperature drop quite dramatically though as you went down. This is something you would have missed if in a car. We had to bundle up a lot.

We met a few dogs today, which is always great, we miss our’s a lot. At 6am we met Nike in the parking lot of the campground, and then, lucky for us, the hostel we’re staying in tonight has a couple adorable dogs as well.

Coming in to Golden I was quite annoyed, just because I was tired and the hills didn’t seem like they were ever going to stop. Lucky for me, I also got a flat tire (2km from the hostel)!! I was so happy and excited to change it (not), but I did and we were on our way again.

We had a great dinner here in Golden, I also ate two yummy cupcakes and now we’re headed to bed for another 5am wake up tomorrow, when we will be heading through Yoho National Park to Lake Louise.

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Day 8 Sicamous-Canyon Hot Springs

I had never been more appreciative of rain than I was today. Yesterday was hot and horrible. Although today had much larger climbs, it seemed a million times better because it was 25 degrees Celsius and mostly rainy. We were lucky because we had expected thunderstorms, but they didn’t come until tonight.

I started off the morning very slowly; I wasn’t feeling well, still quite fatigued from the day before I think. I ate a couple of gels with caffeine and after another hour or so of riding I felt a lot better. I think the heat really got to me and I didn’t drink enough water; I will never make that mistake again.

Today’s scenery was absolutely gorgeous yet simultaneously daunting. The further we rode, the more dramatic and bigger the mountains and rivers started to look. It was amazing to see the landscape continue to change.

We stopped for lunch in Revelstoke, a medium sized town, about 75km into our ride. We ate lots of food, of course, made a couple quick stops at the bike shop and grocery store, and then headed on our way again. Canyon Hot Springs is a campground type place another 35km outside of Revelstoke. Getting up here was a bit of a climb but still very manageable. When in Revelstoke, we mailed about 1/4 of our unneeded stuff for the next four days ahead to ourselves in Calgary. This is because the dreaded Roger’s Pass is tomorrow, which is supposedly quite the climb.

After dinner we were checking over the bikes and tightening things down and we realized we had a flat; we do not know how this came to be and couldn’t find an answer in the tube. I happily changed it seeing as changing it in a chair on a porch is much more comfortable than on the side of a road.

My favourite part of the day, by far, however was seeing a moose warning sign. If you know me, you know I love moose. Some may even go as far as to saw I have a moose obsession; I couldn’t decline that obvious fact. I’m really, really, hoping we will see one on this trip. Another thing I’m really looking forward to, also moose-related, is my birthday in July. Were going to be in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and they have a giant moose statue. How perfect is that? Very perfect.

4:45am wake up tomorrow, so I should probably get to bed. I’m hoping these pictures upload. There’s noWifi here so I’m working off of 3G, how sad. Although I’m mostly sad I don’t have Netflix accessibility.

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Day 7 Kamloops-Sicamous

Today was the hardest day of biking I have ever done. Not necessarily because of hills or high gradients, but because of the heat and long distance. I didn’t really understand the importance of waking up early to ride until today. We rode 150km in temps that topped out at 40C by the time we arrived 9 hours later! Leaving at 5:30am, we were able to beat a lot of the heat. The first 100km were very doable. It wasn’t until around noon, right after lunch that I could barely handle the riding. It was so incredibly hot and the road didn’t seem like it was going to ever end. The road was twisty and windy, so you, literally, didn’t know what was around every bend. This probably added to the dread of facing another hill, because you wouldn’t know that it was coming on until you were already at it. Even though we left super early, we didn’t get in to Sicamous until around 3pm; it was a very, very, long day.

Tomorrow we head up to Canyon Hot Springs, about 30km outside of Revelstoke. It’s supposed to be thunder stormy so we shall see how that turns out. I am in no way willing to face the heat again tomorrow so I’m making us get up at 4am to leave by 4:30am. If you know me, I NEVER wake up early. I don’t even get out of bed for school until 10 minutes before class starts, so this is a big deal for me.

We are learning to focus on the importance of replacing all the calories we burn off as best we can in a timely manner. Today, for example, we burned around 5,500 calories. There is no way we made this up with the regular-sized dinners we ate, so we need to continue to eat as many carbs and calorie-loaded foods as possible.

The terrain is starting to turn mountainous again after the farmland and rolling hills of Merritt and Kamloops. Roger’s Pass is the day after tomorrow and I’m starting to get a bit nervous! It’s only 7:30pm, but I’m ready for bed. Nothing’s too sore, so let’s hope it stays that way until morning!

Thanks to my mom for being the photographer today, but she should really be featured in more pictures.

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Day 6 Kamloops Rest Day

I’m going to keep this short because I’ve procrastinated writing this all day and now it’s 10:30 and I have to wake up at 5 am tomorrow morning.

We spent a lot of the day today resting and trying to stay out of the heat. It’s 40 degrees here, which is crazy. That’s one of the reasons we’re going to try to get out of here so early, to beat the heat. The other reason is that it’s our longest day of the whole trip (140km), we’re headed to Sicamous.

A highlight of today was having to get my hair cut by my mom and Carl. (Carl came up to visit for the day.) My hair was so long that riding with it in a pony tail made it get all matted and tangled because of the wind. We decided it would, therefore, be a fabulous idea to cut it off (8 inches of it at least). The hairdresser in the mall across the street was booked, so obviously the next best idea was to do it ourselves. We then headed to buy some scissors and proceeded to cut my hair. I do not know why I let them, seeing as it is now very, very, lopsided. Oh well.

Sadly the Canadian team was eliminated from the World Cup. Watched this game eating pizza, of course, how else would it be done?

Hopefully all goes as planned tomorrow and we get to the ‘large’ town of Sicamous, exciting.

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Day 5 Merritt-Kamloops

We started off very early today, 7am, to beat the heat. We had 100km to ride with a quite big climb at the end of the ride. The temperature was predicted to reach 40 degrees Celcius so that worried us quite a bit. Carrying extra water, we set off. It was a gorgeous ride.

I never knew that this part of Canada was so dry and desert-y. Rolling hills spotted with herds of cattle surrounded bright, shimmering lakes. I swear, it looked like the set of a movie. I was only yelled at once for taking a Snapchat story mid-ride.

Around 20km in we stopped at Quilchena, a small ‘town’ with a general store and gas station. It was around 9am but we still decided to get food as there were no other stops along 5A, which is the highway we were taking the whole way. After leaving, we cycled for a good three more hours until we reached a huge, huge hill. It was a 10% grade for probably 4-5km (I think, I have no idea about the distance). It was hard, but we made it. The rest of the ride was totally downhill at around the same grade and we got into town around 1pm. We made pretty good time but were more happy that we beat the heat.

We saw a real live cowboy today, which, no shocker, way pretty cool. He was heading some cows on the road in front of us with his dog, and we had to get off of our bikes and wait for a few minutes. No need to go to the Stampede while we’re in Calgary, we’ve now seen it all!

After getting to the motel we showered and decided to explore the big city of Kamloops. The Go-Pro mount has already broken a little bit so I got some parts to fix it, we shall test it out tomorrow, on our rest day!! We also went to go see a movie. Getting up after the movie was so incredibly painful. I’ve never really been sore from biking, as it’s such a low impact sport, but I could really feel it today. It must be from all the days back to back.

The only real soreness I’ve felt whilst riding is, of course, my bottom, and surprisingly enough, my hand have been so incredibly painful. I think I really need to work on how I position my weight. When we’re done riding the past couple days I could barely touch them without it being so incredibly painful. We will see if we can adjust the bike in any way too.

Tomorrow’s a rest day so we’re just going to try to relax and recuperate as the next week of riding is probably going to be the hardest week of our lives. We will have to conquer the Rockies, including Roger’s Pass in 30+ degree heat. Sounds like a blast!!

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Day 4 Coquihalla Summit-Merritt

We started off the day pretty early for my standards, 8am. It’s was really more like 8:30am, but I tried my best. My dad had to get back to Vancouver for work, which prompted the early departure. We were expecting a day of downhill riding, which is good because there’s no climbing, but still quite tiring.

Riding on the highway for the first part of today was ok, when it got exciting though, is when we got off of the highway. We exited at Coldwater Road, a smaller back farm road pretty parallel to the highway. I had mapped it the night before and it said that it was’t gravel, but it turned out the first 20km on the road was on loose gravel. It was pretty hard to ride in and especially going up hills, the wheels would slide. I wasn’t feeling too safe so I decided to walk it up a couple bigger hills just so that I didn’t fall unnecessarily.

We saw quite our share of ‘wildlife’ today: a few deer, a hawk, and lots of cattle. We were biking down the gravel road and we saw a couple cows up ahead. Thinking it would be fine to ride by them, we kept going. When we got closer they stopped dead in their tracks. We got off of our bikes at that point and they ran in the total opposite direction, ‘safe’.

We got into Merritt around 1pm. We’re staying with my friend Carl and his grandparents. Thank you for hosting us for the night! It was hot when we got here, around 35 degrees Celsius. We walked into town got some Slurpees and explored ‘downtown’ Merritt. Fun fact: it’s the country music capital of Canada, who knew?

Tomorrow we head up to Kamloops, around 100km of riding. It should be pretty flat, except for one pretty steep climb. Our only problem tomorrow is going to be heat. It’s supposed to be around 38 degrees. We’ll have to carry extra water, which will put on some more weight. The good thing is that after tomorrow’s journey we have our first rest day in Kamloops! We’ll need it, the hardest part of our trip is the next segment: Kamloops-Calgary, through the Rockies (ahhh), we shall see how it goes!!

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Day 3 Hope-Coquihalla Summit

We summited up the Coquihalla today (1500m); It was, honestly, a lot less worse than I had anticipated. There were just a couple of problems with the highway. There’s only one road through the Coquihalla: Highway 5. Because there’s only one, it’s pretty busy, lots of big trucks carrying heavy loads. There also weren’t any rest stops, so we had to carry extra water.

The weird noise that we attempted to fix yesterday was back a bit before we left so we took a closer look at it. The front derailleur was rubbing against the chain. After some YouTubing and Googling we figured out that we had to tighten a certain screw and it was all fixed up. We were pretty proud of ourselves seeing as we know pretty much nothing about fixing bikes.

Leaving town, I had a basic idea of where we were going but didn’t map it on the GPS. That lead to us aimlessly riding up and down the same road like three times, oops, I’ll map it tomorrow. We’re heading down to Merritt tomorrow, which is all downhill, so shouldn’t be too bad.

My dad met us after our ride today, and it was nice to have dinner and hang out with him.

Today was a pretty boring day overall. We finished pretty early and just worked on organizing our gear for the rest of the afternoon. We did a load of laundry, which was also a highlight. I can already see this is going to be a very exciting summer (sarcasm intended).

I like the fact that we’re living pretty minimalistically. I only have one ‘outfit’ that’s not my biking clothes, which is a pair of leggings and a t-shirt. It really makes me realize that my full closet of clothes at home is pretty unnecessary. Donation wise,

we’re almost at $11,000! Wow! Thank you to everyone who’s supported in any way!

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Day 2 Mission-Hope

We started off the day today with the idea of getting an early start. I do not, in any way, like to wake up early; my mom is the exact opposite. We went to breakfast but then decided we should wait in town until around 10 am, when the bike shop opened. We only have a hand pump for our tires and it’s really hard to gauge when they’re at the right psi. We decided it would probably be a good idea to purchase a gauge seeing as there are no more bike shops for a little while. IMG_0289We stopped at this amazing bike shop right in Mission: Wentings’ Cycle & Mountain Shop. They were suuuper helpful and also gave us some great advice on route info. If you’re ever in need of a bike shop in the Mission area, you should check them out.

On our way out of town, I, being extremely clumsy, dropped my bike on my ankle and scraped it up a bit. It was a perfect time to break out the first aid kit for the first time! I bandaged it up and we were good to go again! Obviously, I should probably work on my wound dressing technique.

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It was a relatively flat ride today, only a few climbs, nothing too bad. We took a quick pit stop for lunch at a gas station in the middle of no where for chocolate milk and samosas– great combo (not). A little over half way I was having some trouble with a noise in my chain but we were able to figure it out and it seems to have gone away for now. When we turned the bike over to take a look we had to take the bags off. One of the bags fell right into a really, really, deep ditch in the side of the road and it required a bit of maneuvering around prickly raspberry bushes to get it back, but all is well now and I have my precious laptop back. FullSizeRender

Another exciting part of today was our first bear sighting! It was from far away, but I’m still going to count it. Welcome to Canada. Here’s a pretty blurry picture, but you get the idea.


Tomorrow we head up to the Coquihalla Summit. It’s a pretty steep 60km climb, no flat riding. We shall see how it goes. Sadly the Dutch team is now out of the World Cup, so it’s time to go to sleep. 9 am start tomorrow morning for day 3!

Day 1 Vancouver-Mission

Day one is complete!

I woke up early this morning VERY nervous. I was thinking to myself, Margaux, why, why did you have to pick Canada, out of all the places you could have thought of: stupid. Oh well, we’re on our way now and there’s no more energy to waste on worrying. We had a relatively quick ride today (around 75km) most of which was along Highway 7.

I want to thank everyone who came out to the departure today. It meant to much to have people there waving us off. It was also pretty cool that a couple of TV stations showed up. My biggest worry was actually that we would ride down the street, I’d turn around to give a last wave and I’d crash, or, even better, oh so gracefully veer into a parked car. I wouldn’t put it past me.

Ms. Allester rode us out of town, which was great! After splitting off with her, we continued down the highway and rode right past an Ikea. My mom started screaming from behind me (I thought she had maybe fallen), and then I realize she’s telling me to turn into Ikea for lunch. I shouldn’t have even been surprised. So, that was that and we took a little Ikea meatball pit stop. I’m not complaining about it.

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We got to Mission around 3pm, took showers and I learned how to wash my clothes in a sink. Pretty exciting.

Just for people who want to keep up with us even more you can add me on OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA:

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Also, here’s a news segment that was on CTV Saturday night (9 minutes onward):

Vancouver Sun Interview!

The last couple weeks have been crazy getting everything organized along with starting to have to speak publicly about this summer’s efforts. I’ll continue to post any new updates, articles or videos here, so stay tuned! Below is the link to an interview I had with the Vancouver Sun a few weeks ago. It was an incredibly scary experience but didn’t turn out too badly in the end!


Hello to whomever may be reading this, I hope someone!? It’s been a while since my last post, but worry not, lots has been going on, even if it may not seem like it. We are getting so close to the departure date and it’s not getting any less scary!! More exciting, yes, but there’s still an underlying fear of the unknown that hangs around. Yes, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, as we’re venturing  through a civilized country with wifi, nonetheless, my point is, it’s a big country.

The past few months have been filled with organizing, logistics, and training, Lots and lots of training (ok, maybe not that much). We tend to ride once a week 100km outdoors and indoors on a trainer (not 100km) most other days of the week. I do have to say it’s getting easier but to be honest, a bit boring; so I can’t wait to get started and be able to bike in a new setting every day! A big accomplishment has been finalizing the route!! I’ve actually posted it on here, so you can go check it out if you’re interested. If we’re going through your city, be sure to let me know!

I’d like to insert a quick story into this otherwise informative and boring post, here goes:

Sunday my mom and I went for our usual 100km weekly long ride. Two funny things happened.

1.) I happened to pass two people in my grade, whilst biking, I’m still surprised they recognized me, helmet and all (!) The funny thing is that Monday at school they told me they were walking along the water on a section of the Trans-Canada Trail and talking about how I may be biking here this summer, and then like two minutes later, I passed them, pretty funny!

2.) Ok, I may be a little too proud of this one, I CHANGED MY FIRST FLAT TIRE (practically all on my own). So we were riding laps around Stanley Park, (side note: go there if you’re ever in Vancouver, it’s quite spectacular) and my wheel was acting super weirdly, so I pulled over. I could obviously see that it was a flat and immediately I jumped with joy. Yes, I know this isn’t the typical reaction to a flat tire, nor should I ever react like that again, but I mean, it was my first one. My dad has been telling me for weeks that I need to learn how to change a flat. I have also been telling him for weeks that I knew how! So, another aspect to this situation was me getting to prove to him that I was right and I did know how to do this. If you know me, I like being right. So I proceeded to change the tire, only having to start from scratch like five times, no big deal, it was my first time, right? So I don’t know how long changing a flat is supposed to take, but it took me an hour. Yes, that may seem long but I feel like I could easily lower that time and by the end of the summer I’m sure I could compete in the tire changing Olympic event. Wow, that was quite the wordy story, wasn’t it. Anyway, here are a couple of pictures if you don’t believe me:



So this whole ride is in support of Katcham school, a small 150 student primary school in rural Cambodia. I’ve been working closely with Tim who runs United World Schools, (thanks for everything, Tim and UWS, if you’re reading this!) and recently he sent me a picture and It made me feel like everything was a whole lot more real. As you may be able to imagine, sitting behind a computer doesn’t really give you the full picture of something.

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That’s about it from here for now. As we get closer to departure date, June 22, I will definitely start posting more as much more will begin to happen! If you haven’t already, make sure to make a donation, everything makes a difference! If you’re interested in seeing how you can get involved and be a part of this, let me know!


Rain, Rain, Rain

First bike ride in a while this past weekend. It was one of the rainiest days EVER, but of course, we had to go out. Leaving with just raincoats and fleece leggings over our lovely bike shorts, within the first 20 minutes, we realized our mistake of going out. It was so cold, so rainy and we couldn’t see further than 3 meters in front of the handlebars. You know in the movies where cars go past pedestrians or bikers and they get dramatically splashed and soaked? Well that happened, multiple times…

This ride helped us come to the realization that we really need the right gear. Booties for the next ride will be a must, as will better water proof rain pants and helmet covers.

For your entertainment, here’s a quick picture I took right before heading out, having no idea of what was to come.

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Well, unfortunately, training has taken a slight turn for now. I’ve injured a joint and muscles in my foot holding me back from biking and playing any sports for the next two weeks! I’ll still be working on other training (weights, core) in order to stay in riding shape. On the upside, I get to wear this very fashionable boot. 😉  photo (89)

The Bikes Have Arrived!

The Bikes have finally come! After a few weeks of waiting we’ve gotten the bikes we’re going to be using to cross Canada (still seems crazy!) Over the next few months various adjustments will be made to outfit the bikes in a functional way for the ride. I’ve just gotten back from a school trip up Mt. Garibaldi, which was great but left me will all sorts of blisters and sore muscles. On top of that, I had a 12 hour volleyball tournament yesterday which didn’t exactly help my soreness. So this week, I haven’t gone for a ride, but I would hope to do so in the coming week.

Here’s a rough picture of the bike!


What to Bring

This past weekend I was able to get in one outdoor ride, around 50km, taking about three hours. The time gave me a better sense of what it’s going to be like next summer, biking double that, everyday. The loop we took is as follows:

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I’ve done the loop a few times now and it really is quite beautiful. Our touring bikes are supposed to come any day now (fingers crossed!) Once they come it should be a lot easier to get out and ride, and we’ll need to, especially if we want to get used to the new bikes. The other day my mom and I were talking about our packing lists and how much we are going to be willing to bring (more like how much weight we’re willing to pedal 6,000km.)

Our packing lists, from what we’ve figured out so far, is as follows:

– 2 dry fit shirts

– 3 pairs of wool socks

– 2 pairs of underwear

– 1 pair of bike shorts

– 1 pair of light weight shoes for off the bike

– 1 tooth-brush/toothpaste

-1 deodorant

– 1 bike repair kit

– 1 first aid kit

– 1 possible camera (Please!)

– Phones

– Rain gear

YES! This, unfortunately, is all I would have for over two whole months. The idea is that we wash the dirty clothes in the sink or washing machines at hotels along the way so that we’re never wearing smelly clothing. If something should get too worn out or broken along the way, we would simply just throw it away and get a replacement. As far as blog posts go, I am planning on doing daily posts once we start. For now, they will probably come on more of a weekly basis, unless of course, something terribly exciting happens. Along with blog posts I’ll probably be setting up a Twitter and an Instagram to document the journey through pictures. More on that to come!

As volleyball has now started, I’ve come the realization that managing all of this is going to be no easy task. At the moment I have two-hour practices four times a week, not including games and tournaments (or homework!) But not to worry! I will find a way to do it all whilst maintaining my cycle training.

Below is a picture of Sunday’s ride, enjoy and don’t forget to Donate!


Training Has Already Begun!

Although the trip is still almost a year away, my mom and I have begun training. 100 km of cycling a day is no easy feat. Also taking into consideration that with the long distances we’ll have to cross a couple of mountain ranges, which will be, understandably, significantly challenging. We don’t have proper touring bikes yet, but we’ve been lucky enough to find a great bike shop that’s been able to rent us bikes to start on. Growing up in Holland, I biked all the time so I was shocked when I realized how different road biking/touring is to a commuter bike style. The biggest realization to me was that I’d have to wear a helmet. Yes, a helmet. I’d never worn a helmet to bike before, because in Holland, nobody does, what’s the use? Another thing I’ve gotten to know a bit better are the lovely invention of bike shorts. Thank god for who ever invented those (Wikipedia doesn’t seem to know who). Hours of sitting on a tiny, hard, lumpy seat can really make for a wonderfully painful behind, isn’t that lovely? Unfortunately, I haven’t been terribly diligent about sticking to my training schedule as volleyball season is starting up and Netflix is so very addicting. All that aside, I have been training most of the time. If I’m not out on the road for around a 50km ride then I tend to cycle on a stationary bike for around an hour along with some weight training. Sadly the training is going to get way more intense in the upcoming months, nearly doubling in time commitment. Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to handle it all once school starts in September, but I’m hoping everything works out well.