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Welcome and thanks for stopping by.  On November 12, 2019 I started a 3 year, 50,000+/- kilometer bike ride in St John’s Newfoundland.

This amazing and epic adventure has me crossing Canada east to west during the winter of 2019/20 and then on my way 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 is 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 traditional and 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 50,000 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 – AKA Safari Arie

Safari Arie’s Latest News

Jewellery making in Creel Mexico?

As crazy as it sounds I am taking an extra 10 days in Creel Mexico to learn how to make jewellery from a jewellery making master with 30 years experience in making jewellery.  Read about how this...

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Current City:

Creel, MEX

Headed to:

Durango, MEX

Days on the road

Nights in a tent

Km’s cycled

Canadain Hosts

International Hosts

Recent Blogs:

Jewellery Making?

Jewellery Making?

I have no idea if it’s serendipity or foolish folly.  The randomness of meeting and connecting with Luis Vazquez originally of Mexico City currently residing in Creel for the past 30 years.  A...

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Copper Canyon Part 3 (July 12 to 15)

Copper Canyon Part 3 (July 12 to 15)

July 12 Destination - Creel Some Notes - I actually did not sleep very well last night at all.  There was some dog somewhere that would not stop barking all night.  The weather has cleared and...

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Copper Canyon Part 2 (July 9 to 11)

Copper Canyon Part 2 (July 9 to 11)

July 9 Km’s Pedalled - 33 km’s Some Notes - Took a ride out to Cerro del Gallego Lookout Point and back. A beautiful day.  Unfortunately, I had to set my alarm for an 8 am breakfast here.  After...

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Recent Friends & Hosts:

Mario Munoz

Mario Munoz

I met Mario Munoz of Rancho San Isidro Lodge shortly after arriving in Cerocahui who stopped to ask me where I was going.  I said I was looking for some lookout that was supposed to out this way. ...

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David Jajan

David Jajan

Through a young couple on a motorcycle who stopped to met me a week earlier I thought I had a host in La Paz, but last minute that offer fell through.  I reached out to David Jajan literally last...

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Dave & Jana Knowles

Dave & Jana Knowles

Dave and Jana Knowles of Moab, UT hosted for 6 nights in total.  They hosted me when I arrived in Moab and then I took off for 6 nights to visit Canyonlands, NP, Dead Horse Point SP and Arches NP. ...

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Environment and Tree Planting

Boonjum Tree

Boonjum Tree

I heard about these trees via another cyclist’s bike ride blog post.  So, I was pretty excited about seeing a tree that was endemic to the deserts of Baja California. What information I found on...

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The Plains Cottonwood Tree

The Plains Cottonwood Tree

I came across this particular Plains Cottonwood Tree in Dinosaur Provincial Park.  The information plaque at this tree estimated the tree to be just over 200 years old.  And that it was likely a...

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Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants

In northern California there is a 31 mile section of old Highway 101 where the tallest trees in the world grow.  These trees are called California Coast Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens) and this...

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Tree Planting

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