Day 9: Surprise hill outside Calgary

It's hard to explain how excited I was to be done with the mountains yesterday. Downhill is fun. Leaving Banff involved a lot of downhill, on a great little trail running to Canmore, 20km down the road. There was steady bike traffic on this trail, groups out for training rides,…

Day 8: Goodbye mountains

Today was a good day. I knew that halfway through the day I would hit the Great Divide, watch the rivers reverse direction to the east, and with it start rolling downhill. Of course, nothing is that easy, and today threw a couple of challenges at me. [caption id="attachment_354" height="3024"…

Day 7: Golden Eye

This morning started out slow, as I went the wrong way to a coffee shop and also left my wallet at the hostel. It could have gone worse - the entire Revelstoke regional RCMP detachment showed up right behind me. Apparently they just wanted coffee and I was able to…

Day 6: Getting Stoked!

Contrary to popular belief, I have yet to encounter the Rocky Mountains. Having passed the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges, today I entered the Columbia mountains (specifically the Selkirk range).  Leaving Vernon this morning I passed through the remainder of the Okanagan Valley and the Cascade mountains, thankfully there were…

Day 5: Vernon

Today’s plan was to get to Sicamous. The plan fell off the rails when I slept in, then arrived late for my breakfast plans, then lingered over great conversation with family members who I rarely see. So, I set off for final supplies before hitting the trail, finally rolling out…

Day 4: Exploring Kelowna

After three days of hard biking, it was time for a rest. Kelowna is the perfect spot to stop. While you may know it as Canada’s top retirement community, Kelowna is also a bustling hub of young people who are attracted to its great weather and robust economy. I happen…

Day 3 and 4: Where is Kelowna?

Today was brutal. There’s no other way to put it. The plan was a relatively easy, 120km shot down a mostly flat rail path. At the end would be friends and patio beer on a hot, sunny Okanagan day. A few blog posts confirmed that there were tough sections, but…

Day 2: Crossing the Cascades

The climb began as soon as I left Hope. For 60km I ground out five slow hours of hills. There were points where I thought I was going slightly downhill but the bike wouldn’t roll. I stopped to ensure my tires were fully inflated. I stopped to eat. I stopped…

Day 1: Search for Hope

Months of planning finally turned in to reality this morning. After first joking about crossing the country by bike this summer, I pondered the idea more and more. With some encouragement from a few veterans of the big tour, I committed, and today is the day where I can’t turn…

Reducing car use

The price of gas is on its way up this summer, and the only way to cope may be reducing car use. https://twitter.com/benwedge/status/995962193685434368 All signs point to gas getting more expensive as summer goes on and families start planning their big adventures to the beach. That takes gas, and with…