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Saskatchewan – July 11 to 28 and Summary

Saskatchewan – July 11 to 28 and Summary

July 17 Km’s Travelled - 100 km’s Destination – 4 km’s east of Kipling Some Notes – As usual beautiful day but with killer headwinds. I actually left the TransCanada Hwy in Moosomin to cut across...

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Manitoba – July 6 to July 16 & Summary

Manitoba – July 6 to July 16 & Summary

July 6 Km’s pedalled - 106 km’s Some Notes – I traded the hills for a headwind.  Today has been very windy, hot and sunny.  The headwind seems to have made the temperatures or at least the humid...

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Some of my favourite movie quotes

Some of my favourite movie quotes

This just a blog post of some of my favourite movie quotes Now play the game.  Your game.  The one only you was meant to play.  The one that was given to you when you came into this world.  - The...

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Admittedly it has been a while since I posted an appreciation post.  Sometimes the day to day blogging and documenting work load gets overwhelming.  Mostly the purpose of this post is for myself to...

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Reptile Adventure Camp

Reptile Adventure Camp

I had the pleasure on May 26 and 27, 2020 to visit Reptile Camp in Bonfield Ontario.  I had a few questions for Steve Featherstone the owner and camp director. How many animals are under your care?...

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I sit in the quiet

I sit in the quiet

I feel Your presence over me My eyes gaze towards the heavens I have so many questions It has been too long Since I sat in the quiet of Your presence My eyes gaze towards the ground beneath me What...

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Moving Forward – Comments

Moving Forward – Comments

I recently wrote a blog post called Moving Forward.  The post was in response to an unexpected situation in my life.  Rather then give a summary I will simply put the link to that post HERE. The...

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Northern Ontario – June 5 to 10, 2020

Northern Ontario – June 5 to 10, 2020

June 5 Km’s pedalled - 53 km’s Destination - Harmony Beach Some Notes - Yesterday evening Ray Chin a fellow cycle tourist showed up at the hotel.  Notes on meeting him can be found at the last blog...

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

So I woke up to an email this morning.  A person who shall remain nameless who over the last few months had become somewhat of a mentor of mine and I thought was my very good friend basically total...

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Your bike ride inspired me

Your bike ride inspired me

I get that messaged or told to me a lot.  But most people don’t really elaborate beyond that phrase?  Inspired you in what way?  How does it inspire you?  What in your life is now different?  What...

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Just lying in my tent

Just lying in my tent

Just lying in my tent No where to be Listening to all the birds Must have heard over a dozen types Just lying in my tent No where to be Listening to the breeze play through the trees Just lying in...

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Back on the road – May 19 to 26, 2020

Back on the road – May 19 to 26, 2020

Challenges So I am back on the road as of May 19.  Premier Doug Ford started lifting restrictions thanks to Covid-19 on May 19 and I took that as my cue to start moving again.  As with many people I...

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‘Interesting to see where all this leads’

Cyclist stops in Sudbury during epic journey

Arie Hoogerbrugge certainly knows his way around a bicycle, and is more than adept at navigating Canada’s highways from the seat of his two-wheeler. The 47-year-old Grimsby native completed a...

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Safari Arie Creative Writing Exercise #2

Safari Arie Creative Writing Exercise #2

My plan during this self isolation is to work on and improve my writing skills.  I am reading the book Wild Mind Living, The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg.  I hope to spend the first part of my...

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Safari Arie Creative Writing Exercise #2

Safari Arie Creative Writing Exercise #1

My plan during this self isolation is to work on and improve my writing skills.  I am reading the book Wild Mind Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg.  I hope to spend the first part of my...

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Surviving Covid-19

Surviving Covid-19

I hate talking about Covid-19.  Everyone and their mother posts 14 things a day about the virus.  The last thing the world needs is another article posted about this virus.  I wanted to avoid the...

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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 at the Montreal We Work Office.  Now that spring and summer are upon us I hope to engage and learn from tree...

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Ontario – March 18 to 23

Ontario – March 18 to 23

March 18 Pedal: 141 km's Destination: Brockville Weather: A sunny morning that turned overcast much of the afternoon; but temperatures were good. I am so glad to be moving on from Ottawa.  Ottawa...

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Covid-19 and moving forward

Covid-19 and moving forward

What can I say about this virus considering I have been trying to avoid the whole topic since all this started.  That being said a lot of people have reached out so I guess it is time to say...

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What Runs Through Your Mind?

What Runs Through Your Mind?

A question was posted on my personal Facebook Timeline.  It was an interesting question and had some nice responses to my response that I was hoping to save in the form of a blog post and not get...

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“Safari Arie” is the new Man in Motion

“Safari Arie” is the new Man in Motion

This an article that was written about me and published March 18, 2020 by one of my host's Andrew Caddell OTTAWA -- Arie Hoogerbrugge is a man on a mission. Two missions, in fact: first, ride his...

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Ontario – March 12 to March 17, 2020

Ontario – March 12 to March 17, 2020

March 12 Pedal: 122 km's Destination: Ottawa Weather: Today was sunny coming into Ontario and bit on the cold side.  Temperatures warmed up and while there was a bit of a crosswind more often than...

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Quebec – February 27 to March 4, 2020

Quebec – February 27 to March 4, 2020

February 27 Today I have officially been on the road 100 days and have pedaled 4,086 km's.  Initially I was planning to take advantage of a walking tour of Old Quebec City this morning that is...

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Quebec – February 21 to 26, 2020

Quebec – February 21 to 26, 2020

February 21 Pedal: 63 km's (including the last 20 km's in NB) Destination: Temiscouata-sur-le-Lac, QU Weather:  The morning was sunny and cold.  I started the day with -20C and thankfully the sun...

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I still feel empty

I still feel empty

Why won’t this emptiness go away The roads I travel, the cold I feel Still so empty inside Every night the sun sets Every morning a sun rises Day in day out.  Already experienced ten lifetimes The...

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Charity Bike Ride

Charity Bike Ride

So I feel that I have been asked at least 100 times or more (at this point) whether or not  I am riding for or raising money for a charity.  Usually I keep the answer pretty simple to - "No." ...

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New Brunswick February 14 to 20 & Summary

New Brunswick February 14 to 20 & Summary

February 14 Pedal: 25.5 km's Destination: Fredericton Weather: I camped behind the Tim Hortons and the temperatures dropped to -18C.  I slept like crap though in the night but I didn't feel too...

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New Brunswick – I have arrived

New Brunswick – I have arrived

Intro to New Brunswick My route through New Brunswick is pretty straight forward.  I will travel from Saint John to Fredericton up to Edmundston and then into Quebec.  Because of where I am in the...

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Media Day – February 10, 2020

Media Day – February 10, 2020

Today was a pretty crazy day for media. At about 6:50am I was interviewed on CBC Radio Saint John New Brunswick with Rachel Cave in their studios.  And later in the afternoon I did a TV news...

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Nova Scotia – Feb 2 to 9, 2020 and Summary

Nova Scotia – Feb 2 to 9, 2020 and Summary

February 2 Spent the day inside at Mike & Monique's working on blogs and photos. February 3 Pedal:  93 km's Destination:  Liverpool Weather:  Today was sunny with cloudy periods, most of the day...

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Appreciation Overload!

Appreciation Overload!

It has been barely 2 weeks since I posted some of my favorite Facebook comments and here I am already needing to post another post of some of my most favorite comments.  I want to thank everyone who...

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What Happened To This Ride??

What Happened To This Ride??

What is going on with this ride? This ride has evolved into something I could never have imagined.  Slowly at first.  Give me a break I am pedaling 185 lbs of bike and gear. (LOL).  Anyways, like I...

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Awareness

Awareness

Awareness of my brokenness The feeling of emptiness that never goes away The heavy breathing of my emotions Awareness of my emptiness The feeling of loneliness that never goes away Where did all...

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I Don’t Trust You

I Don’t Trust You

Something broke that day And I didn’t even know it Something broke so deep inside me I have been broken there for ever since So deep the human eye can’t see So deep in my soul. So deep in my heart...

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Nova Scotia – Stage 2

Nova Scotia – Stage 2

January 11 to January 20, 2019 January 11 Camped at the Irving Big Stop Truck Stop.  Worked on my laptop until 3 am last night.  I am taking the day to catch up on blogging due to rain in the...

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Those Moments

Those Moments

You were asleep in those moments You didn’t know I was watching You were oblivious in those moments I remember those moments Those were important to me You didn’t know I would watch you through the...

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What I learned today

What I learned today

I have had so many amazing interaction during my bike ride already.  In many ways my bike ride has just begun and the interactions are almost already too many to count.  From old friends giving me a...

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I Appreciate You Guys!

I Appreciate You Guys!

Hey guys, it's that time again!  I love sharing some of favourite Facebook comments.  It has been less than a month since I wrote my last appreciation post.  I can barely keep up with them.  This is...

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Nova Scotia – My Plans

Nova Scotia – My Plans

I had a plan for Nova Scotia but then it changed.  I was hoping to get to Halifax with enough time to get to Prince Edward Island for Christmas.  By the time my ferry arrived in Sydney Nova Scotia...

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35 Days On The Road

35 Days On The Road

I didn't know what to expect Honestly I thought the first 6 months of this ride would suck.  I had no expectation of enjoying this part of the ride at all.  I just told myself suck it up and get...

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2019 in Review

2019 in Review

I don't even know where to start with this year.  I don't think I could make up half of it if I tried. 2017 and 2018 were the happiest two years of my life and then 2019 happened.  In 2017 and 2018...

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I still mourn the loss

I still mourn the loss

I still mourn the loss of that little boy I know I killed a piece of your heart To this day I never forgot No one would listen, no one cared No one fought for you and your heart You have to believe...

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I thought of you

I thought of you

My failures overwhelmed me The sick feeling in my stomach returns What happened that this became my story How did this ever become my story I would do anything to change this script How does one...

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I Appreciate You!

I Appreciate You!

It's that time again.  A huge shout out and thank you to everyone who has reached out since my bike ride officially started.  Now that my ride has started.  Along with my favorite and meaningful...

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Nova Scotia – December 3 to the 15, 2019

Nova Scotia – December 3 to the 15, 2019

December 3 Pedal: 42 km's. 8:30 am to 1 pm Destination: Englishtown, NS Weather: Started as light rain and then the rain got heavier.  Above freezing. Arrive in Sydney by ferry around 7:30am. ...

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Breakdown of my bike build

Breakdown of my bike build

I thought I would do a break down of my bike purchase costs.  I know there are few bike geeks out there.  One favor though, please don't waste my time telling me how you could have saved me $5...

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Newfoundland in review for other cyclists

Newfoundland in review for other cyclists

Newfoundland is an amazing province.  I can't recommend enough for everyone and anyone to go there; especially by bike. I am not convinced that I would necessarily recommend Newfoundland when I went...

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Free Hot Showers!

Free Hot Showers!

I wish I knew this before my first tour.  Looking for free hot showers across Canada and USA? Showering at campgrounds gets pretty expensive depending where you are camping and often the reason you...

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Newfoundland – November 10 to 23, 2019

Newfoundland – November 10 to 23, 2019

The plan is to post two week summaries of my ride.  So this November 10 the day I arrived in Newfoundland to November 23.  The summaries are pretty short.  In many ways for my own personal memories....

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St John’s and West

St John’s and West

November 14, 2019 So today was the day.  Time to escape St John's.  I had pretty much seen what I had come to see and I knew I had to make a break for it.  But man was I worried.  The ride to cape...

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St John’s – what an amazing town!

St John’s – what an amazing town!

November 13, 2019 It was a warm day, almost 15 degrees with a light drizzly rain on and off. Today was all about checking out St John's. From what I had seen so far - an amazing town and a lot to...

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What’s out there

What’s out there

Looks like a lot of vastness Looks like a lot of trees Looks like a lot of wilderness Is it safe or is it dangerous Cold and inhospitable But it is good and it is freedom The wind cares not which...

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So it begins.  PEI to Sydney Nova Scotia ferry

So it begins. PEI to Sydney Nova Scotia ferry

November 10, 2019 Last night I dodged a bit of bullet.  The first time in the last six months of pulling this whole trip together did something go sideways.  My ferry crossing to Newfoundland for...

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Appreciation Post

Appreciation Post

Supporter and appreciation post #2. I have been so busy the last weeks with final preparations that I am so far behind in any recent blogs  I am 5 days away from my ride but I thought I would get a...

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Words

Words

My words sound just like yours My words have hurt so many My words cause destruction Who do I turn to Who will give me the words Who will show me the way Do you have the answers I seek Do you have...

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Kindness

Kindness

I need Your kindness I am desperate I can barely breathe through my tears I need Your gentleness I am so broken I am so exposed My heart was never designed for this My soul cries out for kindness...

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Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Did you not hear me cry out How loud must I scream Will my tears not be enough What other price must I pay Has anyone fought as hard as me Do you forsake me in my darkest hour Am I not worthy Have I...

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