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August 6, 2013

Les joies de la bicyclette

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Distance: 84km Time: 4:14 The struggle of riding across Canada is always the next day. Anyone can go for a long bike ride one day, the secret to making it is being able to string together a series of them. Laura and Adrian seem ready. With Montreal in our crosshairs, Team Planet Energy (me, Laura […]

August 6, 2013

Team Planet Energy

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Distance: 149km Time: 6:04:42 After a day off, a day of rest, swimming and a great BBQ, it was time ((insert author switch)) To take another day off from blogging and hand the trustee BlackBerry to Laura while I investigated a long standing issue with my front tire. It was a GREAT day in the […]

August 4, 2013

To Draft is Divine

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Distance: 191km Time: 6:38:21 On a day with “flat” roads, there is nothing like getting into the big chain ring and burying yourself for speed. I was set to do that leaving Deep River and into Ottawa. Then I got too Pembroke, the clouds lifted, as I stopped to put on sunscreen, two young guys […]

August 3, 2013

You Never Know Who You’ll Run Into

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Distance: 120km Time: 4:36:13 Everyone asks me, “Is it lonely on the road by yourself?” and the truth is, sometimes. I’m pretty comfortable being on my own, but there have been times. However, every once and a while I get the opportunity to run into a familiar face. In Vancouver, Tom Tran welcomed me into […]

August 2, 2013

Taking My Time

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Distance: 183km Time: 6:36:12 At some point yesterday, I forgot how long it takes for a bicycle to get places. I got up and got started early, I was making good time and then I took a break. Then another. Then another. At one point I was in North Bay looking at the Dionne Quintuplet […]

August 1, 2013

The Stress of Safety

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Distance: 145km Time: 5:25:07 Gripping my handlebars any tighter would have had them disintegrate and turn into ash. This was 60km today between Espanola and Sudbury. My neck, shoulders, arms and legs a ball of stress as I danced on the tightrope of shoulder on highway 17 today. At times, the shoulder would disappear, forcing […]

July 31, 2013

Am I A Whack-A-Doo Too?

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Distance: 171km Time: 6:45:21 I’m standing in the circle of eight of us listening quietly (some of you can’t believe it, but I’m actually very shy). The first guy, 21 from Toronto, is telling a story about a descent he took on his single-speed fixed gear bike he’s using to go across the country (west […]

July 30, 2013

Glory!

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Distance; 194km Time: 7:17:43 When the rain stopped today, the world decided today was going to be a day for the bike riders. Beautiful blue sky, wonderful roads, and a nice little tailwind most of the way. Starting my day in Lake Superior Provincial Park allowed me to be surrounded by the protected wonders of […]

July 29, 2013

What’s a little rain to a goose?

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Distance: 121km Time: 4:28:07 Every town has got theirs. The reason you should stop and check it out. White River, where I started the day, is “famous” because that’s where the original Winnie the Pooh was sold to a Lieutenant by a trapper. The black bear named “Winnipeg” was brought overseas with the platoon and […]

July 28, 2013

I Get Knocked Down…But I Get Up Again

I Get Knocked Down…But I Get Up Again

Friday Distance: 157km Time: 7:46:47 Saturday Distance: 125km Time: 5:01:17 Dear Northern Ontario, Up to this point you had been fair to me. You gave me reasonable roads, nice weather and friendly drivers. I have seen and met more cyclists among your scattered towns then the rest of my trip. I was starting to think […]

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