Bike Across Canada

Biking across Canada is something that I have dreamed of doing for a long time. I can't wait to do this!

All of my blogging after April 23 can be found here.

April 23, 2009: The planning begins!

Here we are, approaching the summer of 2009, and while it's still unclear whether the trip will happen, it's time to start planning in the case that things work out! A lot of it depends on how easy going Eli is. So far he seems like a fairly typical newborn :) And of course, it will depend on where Meredith is at. Only time will tell.

As for the other guys, it sounds as though everyone else is out. So sad, really... but I guess that's life. Matt may join me for a bit he says.

Tonight I spent a couple of hours reading journals of people who have done it and following along their routes on Google Maps. I also watched a video on how to replace a flat tire :)

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful, so hopefully I'll be able to get out for a ride.

On Tuesday evening, Meredith and I went to Ziggies so that I could show her the bike I'm interested in. Since I'm not going to be hauling a lot of gear (support vehicle), the guys at the store recommended a road bike rather than a touring bike. (The other factor being that I'd like to do triathlons with it) The model I decided on was the entry level one, for about $950. I think it's this one. I went with the white color so that I'll look spiffy in a red Canada bike jersey. Isn't gear fun?! Can't wait to get this road bike when it comes in. Apparently I'm a size 62 frame.

July 28, 2007

Matt was planning on biking at least part way from Waterloo to Grand Bend today, and while I wasn't able to go all the way to Grand Bend, I did decide to join him for a bit and head back. We made it out about 32 km and then I had to turn around. It's never quite as fun riding somewhere and back, ... would have been more fun to do this, but I can't complain... it was perfect weather. I took along some Shot Bloks, some Fruities, and a Nature Valley bar... I love eating on the run!

Something that was discouraging was that after an hour and forty minutes, I could start to feel my left achillies tendon starting to swell up a bit. This is exactly what happened the first day of our bike trip in 2004 to Ottawa. Not good, especially if I want to do a cross Canada trip. But it's good to know that it's still there... I'll have to work hard on strengthening it before summer '09.

June 20, 2007

Sounds like Matt Langeman and some other guys are looking at June 2009 -- wahoo! I'm not going to have to do this alone!