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A 16 000 km U-turn


Going from Québec to the canadian Rockies passing by Florida and New Mexico

4,510 miles (7,259 km) over 463 days from June 26, 2009 to October 1, 2010

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Aborted tours, Extended, First tour, Atlantic Coast, Florida Connector, Great Parks, Southern Tier, East to West, Canadian Rockies
Locales: North America, Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, United States, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Years: 2009, 2010

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

Copyright © 2008-2014 By Jean-Philippe Chartrand - (contact)

Status: Completed Dec 2010Featured Journal #535
Last update: Friday December 10, 2010 12:42 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 22 Sep 2013 09:38 (US/Pacific))
86,048 hits since December 29, 2008 (hitcounts updated nightly)
400 pics


Table of Contents

From the spark to the real thing: The long preparation before the trip

The plan: All the parameters for this big trip
The preparation
All that stuff: First luggage test
News and stats
More ready then ever!: If that cold weather could just stop!!!!!!!
The cycling season just started: Riding in the thirdies
Next entry will be on the road: Last minute stuff...
Day Zero: Getting out of home
Day One: Going to the Parc national de la Gaspésie's visitor center
Day Two: The Sterling has been conquered
Day Three: Some more experience points!
Day 4: Getting rid of some stuff
Day 5: Rest day: Nice quiet place to lie down in the rain
Day 6: A sign, maybe?
Day 7: Head winds, drizzle and grinded pavement
Day 8: Berry patch campground: what we need
Day 9: Disappointment at Berry patch: Mosquitoe patch and jerk hole
Day 10: Wind? I trained in Cap-Chat, man...land of the wind generators...
Day 11: The more you try the harder it gets....
Day 12: Getting along with New-B for the first time...
Day 13: Riding easy
Day 14: Cycling as a day off
Day 15: Keep heading south
Day 16: Crashing into a real bed
Day 17: Missed it
Day 18: Nova Scotia: at last!
Day 19: Still loving Nova Scotia
Day 20: Rolling terrain
Day 21: Meeting first tourer on a strong wind day
Day 22: Showers not included
Day 23: Arriving into Halifax
Day 24: Hey! it's the Tall Ships event!
Day 25: Shopping in Halifax
Day 26: Passing by Peggy's Cove
Day 27: "Drizzle...patch of fog...drizzle...light rain..."
Day 28: A day in the rain as we promised ourselves never to do...
Day 29: Day off in Lunenburg
Day 30: Going back to Mahone Bay: seeing what we've missed the first time
Day 31: Cut the day in half with the ferry
Day 32: A big day to Thomas Raddall park
Day 33: Day off: what!? Again!?
Day 34: More headwinds; a storm is coming
Day 35: An easy day to Barrington Passage
Day 36: Day off in Barrington Passage
Day 37: West center Pubnico, do not mistake it for Lower East Pubnico!
Day 38: Cycling, taking the ferry and engaging custom agents
Day 39: Hunting that i-94
Day 40: Day off: Walking around in Bar Harbor.
Day 41: Day off: Cycling the park loop, climbing mount Cadillac
Day 42: Kayaking on the wild side
Day 43: Leaving Acadia: Good bye, I'll miss you
Day 44: Small campsite at Belfast
Day 45: Small day to Camden Hills State Park
Day 46: Lake, crowd and jaccuzis
Day 47: Up...and down....up....and down.....
Day 48: Day off at the mall
Day 49: L.L. Bean, the store that began in a barn
Day 50: Did we hit a plateau?...in our training?
Day 51: Coming closer to Ogunquit, quebecker's dream
Day 52: A decadent day off
Day 53: Bike touring IS a dangerous activity
Day 54: Entering New Hampshire
Day 55: Sleeping with the ennemy
Day 56: Could have been a nice campground
Day 57: Arriving in Boston: welcome well earned confort!!!
Day 58: A vacation from a vacation...does it work!?
Day 59: Walking ten miles in Boston
Day 60: The Emerald Necklace
Day 61: Back at the Minuteman campground
Day 62: Massachussetts at its best
Day 63: Entering Connecticut
Day 64: In a real bed at Windsor Locks
Day 65: Nice countryside and thoughts about globalisation
Day 66: Entering New York...state
Day 67: It's getting better and better
Day 68: The big bridge
Day 69: Birthday today, should I expect it to end well?
Day 70: Riding out the anger
Day 71: "Hollidays" or "everyone out of work at the same time get it more complicated"
Day 72: Encounter at Bull Island
Day 73: A state park just to ourselves
Day 74: Decaying beauty
Day 75: A hard start from Norristown
Day 76: Another tropical storm?
Day 77: Nice day in a drizzle: is it possible?
Day 78: Some things works, some don't
Day 79: Warm showers dot org
Day 80: Ending with a challenge
Day 81: Buzy back roads
Day 82: Goodbye Washington Grove
Day 83: Day off in Arlington
Day 84: WOD trail and lake Fairfax
Day 85: Will we ever get to Bear's Den!?
Day 86: "It's all downhill"...yeah, yeah, I heard that before
Day 87: Skyline: are we really up to this?
Day 88: Nice and slow
Day 89: Day off in deer land
Day 90: "The fog" or "The day the world took a day off"
Day 91: Pinned down by the rain
Day 92: Sinking into the valley
Day 93: The longest day of our trip...yet...
Day 94: The """Lodge"""
Day 95: High peak and low on food
Day 96: On the crest
Day 97: Commuting in Roanoke: getting exhausted on a day off
Day 98: A real day off this time
Day 99: Pushing the limit
Day 100: Taking pictures of Mabry Mill: how original
Day 101: Change of plans, for the better
Day 102: Scary forecasts
Day 103: One of two days off
Day 104: Just taking a walk
Day 105: Bridges and a viaduct
Day 106: Grey shades
Day 107: My worst day of touring...ever
Day 108: The life of the rich and famous
Day 109: Growing back some fat in a motel room
Day 110: A last slice of the Blue Ridge: getting back to reality
Day 111: Not on the Blue Ridge, neither on ACA routes: on our own
Day 112: Trying to make the best of it
Day 113: The fifty miles that made all the difference
Day 114: The flying Garmin
Day 115: The South Carolina you would never see on TV
Day 116: Chilly mornings, warmer afternoons (of course)
Day 117: The first palm tree
Day 118: My first Armadillo
Day 119: All about numbers
Day 120: Still on the food hunt and route plotting
Day 121: Leaving South Carolina with some good riding
Day 122: Shopping in Statesboro
Day 123: First oppossum (road kill), loose chasing dogs and live oppossum: what a day!
Day 124: Cheap motel in Jesup
Day 125: Making our own way
Day 126: Entering Florida
Day 127: Easy going
Day 128: Some good news on the weather radio
Day 129: Wanna go left or right?
Day 130: Heavy winds....pushing us!
Day 131: More sun, more warmth
Day 132: Anastasia rocks!
Day 133: Some new planning
Day 134: Sightseeing in Saint-Augustine
Day 135: Wildlife
Day 136: News from home and around the world
Day 137: Goodbye Anastasia
Day 138: A day off at Gamble Rodgers SP
Day 139: Surprises and revelations
Day 140: Fleeing the saturday's hysteria
Day 141: Sorting out what we've learned yet
Day 142: Taking it easy at Wickam
Day 143: Back in the wild, with birds and all
Day 144: Nice places and guess what: it's summer again....
Day 145: The shortest touring day of our trip (day zero doesn't count)
Day 146: Expectations
Day 147: Tiny insects, hard bites
Day 148: Checking-in at Jonathan Dickinson SP
Day 149: Commuting around
Day 150: Keep your hands on the boat at all times
Day 151: The storm that never came
Day 152: Sleepless night and some news from my spy
Day 153: Hmmm....Crema Mexicana
Day 154: Fort Lauderdale story
Day 155: Day off again
Day 156: Water taxi
Day 157: Downtown Miami
Day 158: Out of Miami
Day 159: The Keys, finally
Day 160: Shortest day of our trip
Day 161: Growing back some fat
Day 162: Beyond paradise
Day 163: The long bridge
Day 164: Last details in the planning of the Dry Tortugas volunteering
Day 165: Wrestling our way into Key west
Day 166: Thinking about Dry Tortugas
Day 167: The big question
Day 168: Another walk, another swim
Day 169: Back to Long Key State park
Day 170: Back to John Pennecamp
Day 171: Back to the KLK
Day 172 to 178: Keys: land of noise
Day 179 to 184: Big bed, bubbles and time to waste
Day 179 to 184: Big bed and time to waste
The end: Victims of incompetence
The new beginning
The new plan
Link to the sequel


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