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Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Paul Ashley-Unett

Posted March 4th, 2011

Paul Ashley-Unett

Paul is from the Isle of Man but the beginning of his cycling adventures began while living in Toronto, Canada.

“Before leaving I realized I wanted to experience the entire country and thought what better way than on a bicycle. Having not been on a bicycle for years I didn’t know whether my body would cope, so during summer 2009 I cycled 1000miles through England and France. Everything went to plan.”

“In summer 2010, I set off, on my own, from Vancouver to cycle across Canada to St. Johns, Newfoundland. After 5,200 miles and 62 days of cycling, I reached the finish ahead of schedule. I had enjoyed every minute of the experience and got me thinking of my next adventure on my bicycle. I decided that I would cycle around the world. In February 2012, I will set off on my next adventure….”

Read about Paul’s adventures on his website.

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Bruce Gordon

Posted January 25th, 2011

Bruce Gordon

Bruce discovered bike touring through a chance encounter with someone organising an adventure race in 2001.

“We got to talking and he mentioned a California tour he was planning for the spring. Intrigued, I asked if he’d mind some company. The rest is history,” Bruce says. The two friends now tour 2-3 times a year together on recumbents. They travel light, put in long daily distances, and end each day with a hotel and a nice meal.

“What do I like about touring? well my touring buddy summed it up best: ‘it’s fun even when it’s not fun’. I love the feel of working for the distance traveled and the way you look ahead with anticipation and respect of what’s to come. You acknowledge every aspect of each day on the road and appreciate the simplest of things. I think you’re just more in tune with the world around you. You pay attention to the sky and what it’s telling you. To the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes in wind speed and direction. To the varied quality of pavement beneath your tires. Temperature, precipitation, friendly honks of encouragement and blaring horns of intolerance from motorists sharing the road, all these things play on your morale throughout the day.”

“It’s hard to express to someone who hasn’t achieved for themselves, the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finally crest a summit that’s taken you most the day to reach, and then the reward of the fast flowing descent down the other side.”

“And food… Remember when you were a kid, how you reacted when someone bought you an ice-cream cone? When you are touring, all food has that affect on you.”

“These are the things I love about touring but mostly I love the simple, satisfied, exhausted feeling when I turn out the light at the end of each day.”

In 2011, Bruce’s big challenge is setting the Guinness world record for the fastest solo global circumnavigation by bicycle. Read more on his website: www.globebent.org.

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Marc Delval

Posted October 30th, 2010

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Mark is from France, and he’s cycling around the world. He’s in his 60s and by autumn 2010 had covered 41,000km.

His route has taken him across Canada, through America, into Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Martinique, China and now Europe.

He still has Asia and the Pacific to go, on a journey that will take him until 2013 to complete.

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Stuart Woolger

Posted October 16th, 2010

“Having cycled from the UK to Israel in my early twenties, it’s taken me until my early forties, to get on my bike and tour again. I gave up my job and rented out my house in order to take on the Trans America route from East to West. I then cycled from Vancouver Island to San Francisco clocking up 6000 miles in total in 2010, and losing 56lbs in weight in the process!”

You can read about Stuart’s journey on his blog, Mid Life Cyclist.

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Dan & Fe

Posted July 31st, 2010

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This picture of bike tourists Dan & Fe was taken on their cycle tour down the Pacific Coast of U.S.A and Canada in 2010. They initially headed north from Vancouver B.C before turning south down Vancouver Island, visiting various islands on the way, and heading into America.

See their blog for more updates and photos: Pacific Coast Cycle Tour.

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