The Road Less Travelled 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, 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 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 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

Current City:

Coquitlam, BC

Headed to:

Vancouver Island, BC

Days on the road

Nights in a tent

Km’s cycled

Number of hosts

Bears sighted

Recent Blogs:

Vancouver – Part 1 (Sept 5 to 10)

Vancouver – Part 1 (Sept 5 to 10)

September 5 Km’s Pedalled - 90 km’s Destination - Vancouver Some Notes – Putting my riding clothes on this morning my clothes are saturated and heavy with sweat.  This is the seventh day without a...

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Recent Friends & Hosts:

The Illman’s

The Illman’s

Graeme & Joel in the back.  Chrais, Brooklin the dog, Karen and Hanah in the front Graeme was from back home in Ontario from the church I attended as a teenager. Graeme very unexpectedly...

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Andy Sward

Andy Sward

I had been following this guy on Facebook thanks to a previous host Alasdair Veitch.  While I was in Vancouver I realized Andy only lived about 30 km's away from where I was staying.  So I messaged...

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John Leung

John Leung

John had reached out way back before the ride when I was still in PEI.  So he has been following my ride from the very beginning.  Upon reaching Vancouver John invited me on his show - The Healthy...

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