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…

Tuition Bonds

The Ivany Commission's report urges Nova Scotia to aim for 10% retention of international students. I think this is a good idea. How can we provide an incentive for these students to stay given that their families aren't here and there are lots of job opportunities elsewhere? One idea that comes…

Top Five Things In Halifax In 2013

It's time for the customary year-end list. What are the top five things to happen in Halifax in 2013? Switch Open Streets. (Disclaimer: I am their webmaster and contribute to overall planning.) Switch Open Street Sundays, which started in 2012, has been very effective at getting Haligonians to re-envision the…