The Road Less Traveled by Bicycle

The Road Less Traveled by Bicycle

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My Story. My Mission.

Welcome and thanks for stopping by.  On November 12, 2019 I started a 3 year, 55,000+/- kilometer bike ride in St John’s Newfoundland.

This amazing and epic adventure has me crossing Canada during the winter of 2019/20 and up to the Canadian Arctic (The Dempster Highway) and then to the bottom of Argentina.

Before starting this ride I anticipated the first 6 months during the winter to be a miserable and horrible experience.  Every minute and every mile would simply suck.  Either I was strong enough to bike and camp during the winter or I was not.  The ride started out slowly and then some interesting things started to happen.  What I have regularly referred to as “the magic.”  First it started a little in Newfoundland and then it continued in Nova Scotia and then it really started to grow in Prince Edward Island.  Coming back into Nova Scotia things really took off to a point that has had me speechless at times.  The “magic” that I am referring to his the magic of generosity experienced from the locals in virtually every town I stopped in. 

Complete strangers were hosting me and other complete strangers were giving me a few bucks here and there.  Restaurants were giving me complimentary meals and I was being recognized almost everywhere I went (thanks to social media).  The experiences were so amazing and moving that I ended up adding 1,300 km’s to my PEI and Nova Scotia route to simply expose myself to the locals.  To see what was waiting for me around the next corner. 

This is a ride that I have been planning and working very hard towards (and at the same time been constantly distracted from) since the end of 2011.  The working, planning and dreaming began immediately after my first and life changing 6,500 km bike ride through western and northern Canada in 2011.

Part of the motivation behind my November 12 start date is to pedal a bike across Canada during a Canadian winter.  In my world this is perhaps the greatest challenge that I can come up with that would possibly push me to the point of failure.  I have to believe that at my age that some of my best years are still ahead of me.  And this seems like the my way to prove this to myself.  To push and challenge yourself to your possible limit in my mid years will give me my courage for the future.

“May your greatest dreams and goals be ahead of you; not behind you.”

This 55,000 km bike ride is an adventure that but a small handful of people on this planet would ever attempt.

An even smaller handful would ever attempt to start such a bike ride in during a Canadian winter. 

During my ride I will experience different cultures and languages, extreme landscapes, extreme weather, extreme isolation and extreme beauty and wonder.  I will experience risk, adventure and danger unlike ever before in my life.  I will be required to push everything that I am to its limits.  The success or failure of this ride will ultimately be in my own and Gods hands.

My hope is to share my experiences with as many people possible via social media, blogs, photos and video.  So please stop by again and again for updates.  Your well wishes and support will always be appreciated.

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Arie Hoogerbrugge

Current City:

Kingston, ON

Headed to:

Brighton, ON

Days on the road

Nights in a tent

Km’s cycled

Number of flat tires

Countries Travelled

Recent Blogs:

The MEC Experience

The MEC Experience

Bike touring is hard on equipment.  Bike touring in the winter is even harder on gear.  I needed the right bike and the right gear and I needed to be able to count on my provider.  There was only...

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One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted

On March 9, 2020 I had the privilege of visiting the Montreal office of One Tree Planted.  Now that spring and summer are upon us I hope to engage and learn from tree planting and environmental...

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Recent Friends & Hosts:

Don Brown

Don Brown

From Halifax Nova Scotia Don is a very committed and faithful supporter. His words, his wisdom and his honesty is indispensable and appreciated. Thank you Don Don represents a new way of interacting...

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David Brown

David Brown

Of Fredericton, New Brunswick David reached out interested in connecting via video.  David is a fellow touring cyclist who has been following me for sometime now.  It was interesting to speak to him...

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Josh Graveline

Josh Graveline

Josh was biking eastbound as I was headed westbound leaving Brockville Ontario.  Josh instantly did a u-turn and pedaled with me for a few kilometers before saying our goodbyes.

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My 2011 Bike Ride

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