QUISPAMSIS, N.B. — A former long-haul trucker who traded his big rig for a bike says he has been touched by the show of Maritime hospitality as he journeys across Canada and through Alaska to the Arctic.
“I’ve been planning this bike ride since 2011, so that’s been nine years,” says Arie Hoogerbrugge, who is originally from Grimsby, Ont. “The trucking was simply to finance the ride, and then the window of opportunity presented itself, and I took it.”
Hoogerbrugge started his journey in Newfoundland and is now working his way through the Maritimes. He will continue heading west towards Alaska — but he’s not stopping there. After his Arctic bike expedition is complete, he plans to cycle to the southernmost tip of South America.