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Grandpa cycles across Canada 2007


For Safety's Sake.

7,487 km (4,652 miles) over 66 days from April 29, 2007 to July 3, 2007

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, 1-3 months, First tour, Canada Coast to Coast, Canada West to East
Locales: North America, Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador
Year: 2007

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/crosscanada2007

Copyright © 2007-2014 By Ed Schum - (contact)

Status: Completed Jul 2007
Last update: Sunday March 16, 2008 21:37 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 18 Nov 2013 19:43 (US/Pacific))
174,894 hits since March 27, 2007 (hitcounts updated nightly)
806 pics

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Spectacular views along the way.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Why am I doing this?
Route: Vancouver Island to St. John's NFL - Avoiding as many of the urban centers as possible.
Preparations: Lots to do and to think about.

Equipment list.: How much is enough?

Shake down ride starts tomorrow.: From Qualicum Beach to Ucluelet and back.

Parksville to West Bay (abt. 15k west of Port Alberni): On the road again! Yahoooo!

West Bay to Ucluelet. Very hilly ride and some terrible roads!!

Ucluelet to Port Alberni: Wet and Cold Ride.

Port Alberni to Parksville. Going Home!: Long climb to Port Alberni Summit and cruise to Parksville.

Courtenay, Vancouver Island to Port Moody (Greater Vancouver): I just can't sit still!!!

Nine days to go!!!: A little concerned about my butt.

One week to go - Update.

Almost time to go!!: It will be just me and Bruno, my bike.

From Courtenay to Nanaimo, Ferry to Horseshoe Bay, drive to Port Moody: At least it did not snow.

Port Moody to Hope - What a great ride!!: Great to be on the 'real' tour now.

From Hope to Sunshine Valley: Short ride with long climb

Sunshine Valley to Princeton.: A fairly hard but great ride.

Princeton to Osoyoos: Wet ride on very good roads.

Osoyos to Greenwood: Anarchist Pass - tough but not as tough as expected.

From Greenwood to Grand Forks.: Semi Rest Day.

From Grand Forks to Castlegar: Oh, what a beautiful day!

Castlegar to just past Nelson.: Just a short but very beautiful ride.

From (just past) Nelson to Creston: Great sunny day! Things just keep getting better and better

From Creston to Cranbrook - another great day!: Wow, I do love cycling.

Cranbrook to Fernie.: Great cycling in great weather.

From Fernie B.C. to Pincher Creek ALBERTA: One province down, nine to go!!!!!!!!!

Pincher Creek, Alberta to Taber, Alberta: Great Roads and brisk tailwind make for an easy day with good mileage.

Taber, Alberta to Medicine Hat, Alberta: I love cycling on Alberta's smooth and clean roads with wide shoulders.

Medicine Hat, Alberta to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan: Hard ride into brisk Prairie wind

Maple Creek, Sask. to Swift Current, Saskatchewan.: Even the Oldtimers can be wrong in predicting the wind.

From Swift Current, Sask. to Moose Jaw, Sask.: It's all Bruno's fault.

From Moose Jaw, Sask. to Regina, Saskatchewan: Easy day across flat prairies.

Restday in Regina.: Looking around the city, meeting people and taking inventory of the trip so far.

From Regina to Weyburn, Saskatchewan: Tough day in moderate to strong prairie winds.

From Weyburn to Carlyle, Saskatchewan: The hardest and longest day so far.

From Carlyle, Saskatchewan to Sinclair, Manitoba: Three down, seven to go - provinces that is.

From Sinclair to Souris, Manitoba: Another windy day in the prairies

From Souris, Man. to Treherne, Manitoba: I like cycling in the sunshine, I love cycling in the rain. I love cycling, oh, oh, oh, do I love cycling, in the sunshine and in rain.

Treherne Man. to Winnipeg, Manitoba: Some rain, but kind winds.

Rest day in Winnipeg: Catching up with things and taking it easy.

From Winnipeg to West Hawk Lake, Manitoba: Took the longer but quiet and scenic route.

From West Hawk Lake, Manitoba to Kenora, Ontario. 4 down, 6 to go!!!: Some days we fly - some days we crawl, and there is not much we can do about it.

From Kenora, Ontario to Dryden, Ontario: What a difference a day makes!!!!!

From Dryden to Ignace, Ontario: Good weather but quite windy.

From Ignace to Savanne River Resort (20km past Upsalla), Ontario: Wet and Windy

From Savanne River to Thunder Bay.: A great day despite more headwind and narrow shoulders.

Rest day in Thunder Bay.: Bike maintenance, Laundry, Journal update and nice visit with Frank and some of his friends.

From Thunder Bay to Nipigon: Some rough roads but a great day.

From Nipigon, Ontario to Jackfish, Ontario: Great climbing again and beautiful scenery.

Jackfish to Dunc Lake, Ontario: Hills, Hills, Hills!

From Dunc Lake to Wawa, Ontario: Just a great day all around.

From Wawa to Pancake Bay, Ontario: Great day for a bike ride!

From Pancake Bay to Bruce Mines, Ontario: Beautiful scenery, but bad road and one really bad driver.

From Bruce Mines to Iron Bridge: Hard riding into strong wind - but almost caught up on journals.

From Iron Bridge to Espanola, Ontario: A much better day again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Espanola to North Bay, Ontario: Sunny day and tailwind made for good distance.

From North Bay to Deux Riviere: Great weather and wonderful ride on bad roads.

From Deux Riviere to Petawawa, Ontario: Has summer finally started? Hot day but great riding.

From Petawawa, Ontario to Shawville, Quebec: Another (and a HUGE one) Province behind me and five more to go. Easy day with lots of time in the library.

From Shawville to Montebello, Quebec: Another hot day and some very heavy traffic.

From Montebello to St. Antoine, Quebec

From St. Antoine to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec: Another wonderful day for a bike ride through beautiful Quebec country side.

From Trois Rivieres to St. Etienne de-Lauzon: Great day on the open road but tough getting through Quebec City.

From St. Etienne to Montmagny, Quebec: Great to be out in the country again!!!

From Montmagny to Riviere du Loup: Another fine day in la belle province.

Riviere du Loup to Rimouski: Beautiful day with some headwind.

From Rimouski to Val-Brillant, Quebec: Rain and rough roads, but everything else was perfect.

From Val Brillant, Quebec to Campbellton, New Brunswick.: Aurevoir la Belle Province - Hello New Brunswick!

From Campbellton to Pointe Verte, NB

From Pointe Verte to Caraquet, NB: Made it halfway around the Acadian Peninsula despite rain and headwind.

From Caraquet to Miramichi, completed the Acadian Peninsula.: RAIN! RAIN! RAIN!

From Miramichi to Cap Pele, NB: Sunshine makes me happy.

From Cap Pele, New Brunswick toVictoria by the Sea, Prince Edward Island: Tough night but great day!

From Victoria, PEI to Wood Islands, PEI: I JUST LOVE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.

From Wood Islands, PEI to Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Another Province (sadly) behind me, two more to go.

From Antigonish to St. Peters: Day of decisions.

From St. Peter's to North Sydney, Nova Scotia: Just a beautiful day in paradise.

Lazy day in North Sydney - Waiting for the ferry.: Relaxing, doing chores and celebrating Canada's Birthday.

From North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Freshwater, Newfoundland: A very short cycle and a very looooooong ferry ride to the last province of the trip.

From Freshwater to St. John's, Newfoundland.: We made it, Bruno!! And wouldn't you know it, it is presently the coldest place in Canada at 9 degrees Celsius!

Hanging out in St. John's and packing for the flight home.: Beautiful day to say good bye.

I am home!: It was an amazingly interesting and educational trip for me, but it is good to be home.

Review of my trip.: Was it all worth it?

TRIP REVIEW: Equipment

For Safety's Sake!: Trying to make our roads safer for cycling!


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