Day 16: Bring on the heat

Today was the warmest day yet, sunny and mid-20s temperatures. A primer for the trip through Ontario and Quebec. Warm enough that I finally had to dip my Buff in water to wear around my neck (though that was likely overkill). Throughout the day I leapfrogged the two pairs from…

Day 15: Anglo privilege

Like all good days, today started out with a fantastic cappuccino and a tasty Saskatoon berry (similar taste to blueberry but tangier) donut at Happy Hi Coffee, a hole-in-the-wall cafe in downtown Regina. It was raining lightly but I decided to hit the road. The rain kept coming and going,…

Day 14: Paris of the Prairies

The ride to Regina was short and pleasant. I got my first taste of prairie wheat fields that run as far as the eye can see. It was impressive. [caption id="attachment_392" height="3024" align="alignnone" alt="A flat, green prairie field stretched off into the distance, " width="4032"]Typical prairie imagery [/caption] Before leaving…

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…