Travel

Aug
15

Bike Touring Galore: some new galleries!

I’m riding down memory lane and posting some photos from bike tours past. These two are from the deserts of Baja California, Mexico and Arizona. I’ve ridden down in Baja on three different trips, lasting from two weeks to six weeks, all with Peter who is Señor Baja (he’s bike toured down there I think 9x and ridden almost every dirt road, as well as walked the entire … more

Jul
22

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, PART SIX

I’ve done a lot of difficult things in my life. Finishing some comes easier than others. One of my coaches made me promise a long time back to always finish what I started. No matter the situation, cross the finish line. Finishing the Appalachian Trail hike is another of these great challenges. I’m happy to report that just over a week ago, the trail was done.   At … more

Feb
23

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part four

The Appalachian Trail, also referred to as the AT, has a life of it’s own. It also has a language of it’s own. The vernacular is definitely easier than learning french. Less than a week on the trail left me speaking Hiker Talk. NOBO, SOBO, nero, zero, double zero, trail gaiting, yellow, white and blue blazing, slack packing (didn’t do it!), ‘hike your own hike’, purist, trail magic, … more

Feb
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part Three

We met a lot of characters on the trail. Trail names like Rising Sun, ‘Graveyard Shift’, Marathon Man, Blueberry, Mr.Truth, Sagacious, McLovin’, Riki Tiki, Frog Fellow, Rodeo, Tenacious D, Forest Moistener, Slim Jim, Tom Sawyer, Forrest, Mav stuck in my head connected with images of gaunt hikers cold and hungry on the trail. We’d meet on trail, share intel, or simply pass by then read about who we … more

Jan
18

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part Two

Day two of hiking gave us our first dose of rain. The idea of making camp in the rain temporarily removed my allergies to furry creatures. That second night was my first in an Appalachian Trail shelter. We shared the space with four humans and three dogs. Yes, three dogs.   When I mention a backcountry shelter or show far away pictures of these cute little log lean-to’s, … more

Jan
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part One

Like most of our adventures, this one started with the question ‘So what do you want to do this winter?’. I had a rare 6 week window of nothing booked and Peter was itching for adventure.  We live in two glorious locations: a vacation home in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and the majestic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. It seemed irrational to leave either but we … more

Jul
23

Place of the Spirits: The Torngat Mountains

It feels like yesterday that the helicopter pulled up leaving us behind in the most isolated and remote area I had ever been to.  Tower Mountain hovered to the south and the only sound were the mosquitos.  Ranger Seals, a peculiar type of freshwater seal, popped in and out of Kangaleksurilek Lakes to the north.  A polar bear meandered in the distance, too far away to cause any … more

Jul
16

Fun at the GranFondo Axel Merckx

I have to admit I was dreading the ride.  After our 110 day/11,100km trip on bike around Canada for the Big Ride for Let’s Talk, all I wanted to do was not ride my bike.  I was definitely dreading the 160km ride I agreed to approximately 12 days after our stint around this massive country.  But a promise is a promise, and there was no way I was … more

Jul
6

The most EPIC last year…

First of all, I must apologize for neglecting this blog for so long. You see, I had good intentions. I planned on writing about the bike tour we did last July and only got half way through. Then, the plan was the write about the magical trip up to the Nunatsiavut Region of Northern Labrador Peter and I took last August. Our time with the Inuit community up … more

Dec
30

Summer Adventure Trilogy Part One: BC Bike Tour Part Four

It’s taken too long to get to part four of this summer adventure trilogy…part four of part one that is.  I’ve been busy riding my bike of all things.  No excuses, though, so here goes.  Better late than never telling the tale at all.   That same day we disembarked the plane, rode east from the airport past the rink I skated my last race on Winter Olympic … more


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