I am doing a cross-Canada cycle tour from Vancouver, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Travelling alone, but will be visiting many along the way. I departed Vancouver on May 3rd and plan to fly back from St. John’s to Vancouver in September.
Many reasons combined make up my decision to embark on this individual journey. It’s tough to put these in order, since they’re all so different.
- Experience. I will create memories to take with me through the rest of my life. Stories to tell, perspective to share, and new skills to use.
- Being outside. All day, every day. Fresh air makes me feel so alive!
- Visiting people. I am so lucky to have many friends and relatives scattered across the country to spend time with on this journey.
- Seeing the country. Canada is kind of big. Flying is expensive. Outside of BC, I have only ever spent a bit of time in Ontario as a kid. I don’t even know my own country!
- Fitness. Lots of people consider me a fitness fiend. An activity addict. An endorphins enthusiast. Getting 5+ hours of activity every day sounds pretty darn cool to me.
- Alone time. While I don’t consider myself anti-social, I do appreciate getting away from everyone to collect myself and my thoughts. A four month solo trip is a good chunk of time for some self-reflection.
I am mixing trails with highways and side roads and deciding on the fly which route to take.
I am camping most nights, including blackhawk camping (setting up my tent anywhere) and staying at campsites. I will also have the luxury of occupying furniture (a nice treat!) when visiting people and staying in hostels and hotels.
I strap my tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag to my rear rack. All other belongings will be carried in my two 20L rear panniers, handlebar bag, frame bag, and seat bag.
I am preparing most meals myself with my 1L pot and camping stove. Generally when in cities I treat myself to more “normal human” type meals in restaurants and such. Seeds, quinoa, and trail mix are my three closest friends.
I am uploading rides to Strava nightly when possible. You can check out my rides on Strava here!