About This Epic Adventure

Phase 1

To bike west across Canada from St John’s Newfoundland through Edmonton Alberta up to our most northern highway, The Dempster Highway to the village of Tuktoyaktuk Northwest Territories.  I plan on starting this once in a life time ride on December 31, 2019 in the middle of a Canadian winter.  Upon reaching Tuktoyaktuk I will head south to Vancouver British Columbia. 

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 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.  It is difficult to say how long this 15,000 kilometre phase will take me considering the unpredictable nature of a Canadian winter.  But I hope to arrive in Vancouver by the end of September 2020. 

My hope is to share my experiences with as many people possible via social media, blogs, podcasts, photos and video along the way.  In the future I hope that my video documentation might be turned into some kind of short film/documentary after the completion of or during my ride.

Born May 18, 1973 thanks to my mom and dad – Arie (Sr.) and Gerty.  Two younger brothers would follow shortly – Jason and Ryan.  We were raised in Grimsby Ontario are whole lives.  I have spent most of my working career in the greater Hamilton, Burlington and Haldimand area.  I have also spent some time and lived in Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Vancouver and Belize.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of this ride has me riding much of the Pacific coast of the US and zigzagging myself to the bottom of the world in Ushuaia, Argentina.  My route brings me through all 24 countries in North, Central and South America (including the Island of Trinidad).  This phase of the ride should be completed in about two years.  

A small note of interest; upon entering Mexico and continuing through Central and South America there will two areas of huge interest that I will actively pursue through any and all participating countries.  One I will be looking for organizations/projects involved in reforestation of rainforest and jungle and the second area of interest will be to visit as many sea turtle nesting sites as possible – season permitting (nesting or hatching).  You can read more about some of my interests on my Passion Projects page.

This epic adventure should last about three years in total and have me pedal at least 55,000 kilometres in total distance.

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