Cross Canada Cycle Blog

Thursday May 16, 2013. Day 3 Mission to Hope Another good day, but tiring at the end. We did an extra 3 kms looking for our morning espresso, which,  as it turned out, was worth it (Grab-A-Java). The traffic was lighter today and for the most part there was a good wide shoulder. We again followed the Fraser, climbing high above and ...

Wednesday May 15, 2013. Day 2 Vancouver to Mission We said farewell to Chris, Maritia, Steve, Jade and Rhys after coffee together at Terra Breads. We followed bikeways which took us up to Burnaby Mountain, then on to the Barnet, then Lougheed Highway, which we will take all the way to Hope. We passed through Port Moody which was for a short ...

Tuesday May 7th, 2013. Day 1! Beginning on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations Day one of our cross-Canada tour  took us from Mile 0 of the Trans Canada highway, Victoria, to home, a cycle of  67 kms. The map includes the ferry ride which was not really difficult, as we were enjoying the sun out on ...

Monday May 6th, 2013 Today was the warm up for Mile 0 tomorrow. We took the Canada Line and then the bus to Tsawwassen. Paul was pleased to have looked at the You Tube video of how to mount a bike on the front of a Translink bus, but then we got on board to find out that we ...

Saturday May 4, 2013 We were out on the seawall again today, along with hundreds of others, this time on our shiny new bikes. The open road beckons! While getting used to beng clipped in, we have each had a couple of tumbles. These from not getting out of the clips quickly enough, forgetting about being clipped in, and from ...

Saturday April 27, 2013 Today, we picked up our new bikes from West Point Cycles.  Andrew checked and fitted and measured to make sure that every thing felt just right. I am sure that we will be back for some fine tuning, but we rode home very pleased. We are both, as yet, not entirely comfortable with the clips, but ...

Tuesday April 23, 2013                 We will be picking up our bikes later this week so, today, we took our trusty hybrids out to Iona Park and back (around 40kms). It was lovely to be by the sea, although the tide was a long way out. We discovered the bike path underneath the Canada Line Bridge, over the Fraser River, south ...

Monday April 15, 2013               Maps are great! Today we visualized our trip by plotting the route on the map in the hallway. Perhaps you can see why we are re-thinking the “northern route” through BC and AB on the way to Saskatoon!

Sunday April 14, 2013 This was today’s practice ride. First time over the Lions Gate Bridge! The time was better than recorded. For some reason, the Garmin did not stop when we had coffee in North Van.                 Lois’ bike should be ready next weekend. This is the message from West Point Cycles: “The frame is in customs and we are ...

Thursday March 28, 2013 While cycling around Stanley Park on another gorgeous day, we were, momentarily, questioning the sanity of our decision to be away from the west coast all summer. We then continued cycling into the sunset and onto Granville Market to buy Easter chocolates.