I was going to call this thread ‘Riding across Canada’ but someone already stole that title! (And best of luck to you Phil, it’s a long road as I’m sure I’m about to find out…)
For a long time I’ve wanted to see more of this country, and though I’ve done a fair bit of travel, very little of it has been within this continent. I figure you need to see where you’re from to appreciate where you’re going a bit more, so I decided a few months ago that I was going to ride across the country this summer. I have the time (barely!) between jobs, and the money as well, so it’s a good time to be doing something this foolish.
So I started to do some research on routes and equipment and average climate across the country, and booked myself a plane ticket to Vancouver, BC. Being from St. John’s, the direction to ride in was an easy choice - the prevailing winds go from west to east, so I should be on average riding with more of a tailwind than a headwind in that direction. Plus once I finish I can go party with all my friends which will be great.
After figuring that much out, and having a deadline to be ready of April 26th (when my plane leaves for Vancouver), I started assembling gear. Pete at municycle.ca was so kind as to agree to sponsor some of my equipment costs, which enabled me to get a geared 36 for the ride. He’s also hosting the blog where I’ll be posting my updates, pictures, and stories. I ordered a small sleeping bag and bivy sack so that I can stop when I’m tired and camp out (rather than being tied to stopping in towns and finding a bed), made a small stove out of a pop can for some warm food at night, and rode a lot to get in shape.
So far I’ve learned a lot about ultralight camping, the kind of nutrition you need when doing 100km days on a unicycle, and how to build a wheel - schlumpfs, well mine anyways, don’t come pre-assembled.
Here’s a tentative map of my route so far. This is subject to change at my whim or wrong turn (both equally likely) but should give you an idea where I’m headed. (I tried to figure out how to post a map embedded into the forum but I don’t think it will do that… ah well!)
If anyone has any suggestions on better routes that are more cycling friendly, more scenic, or better in some other way, please let me know. This is a really rough guideline and I’m sure there are improvements to be had. Smaller highways with less traffic are preferable as I can generally make better time on back roads where I’m not getting sucked into the draft of 18 wheelers every few seconds.
And now, because pictures are fun to look at, here’s a few - from first to last, my schlumpf basking in the cold-ass newfoundland spring, Petty Harbour in the sunlight, building a wheel with the help of Sheldon, and Chrismas arriving in a moderately sized brown box.