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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...

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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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My Environmental Manifesto

My Environmental Manifesto

Are the poles melting?  Is climate change natural or man-made?  Actually we need to perhaps be more accurate and call it what it is - global warming not climate change.  Do the scientists even know...

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Winter Camping and Biking

Winter Camping and Biking

 “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing” - Sir Ranulph Fiennes I have been doing a little research on winter camping and biking.  I have read a few blogs and watched a...

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Every night I whisper

Every night I whisper

Would you soften her heart Would you soften her heart towards me If it is Your will Every night I whisper this prayer into the dark Every night I feel the loneliness If it is Your will The day is...

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Life as a truck driver

Life as a truck driver

While you sleep I am driving, while you are eating I am driving and while you spend time with loved ones I am driving. That is what I tell people.  Probably the easiest and simplest way to describe...

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Denial

Denial

Are you in denial of the pain I feel Do you not know how I have bled There my heart in pieces all over the ground You deny all the young places of my soul There is no freedom for the young places I...

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The Great Constant

The Great Constant

The great constant in life is loss, sorrow and regret Why do you have to add to it Can things not be different between us Is there not enough loss and sorrow in this life Can we not just get through...

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How did you pick your bike?

How did you pick your bike?

Back in 2011-12 when I was doing the bulk of my research for this bike ride there was one bike in particular that was on my radar - the Surly Long Haul Trucker.  The Surly Long Haul Truck is kind of...

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Your Words

Your Words

Did you ever consider your words Any chance you considered the affect The affect on one’s heart Why would say those words yesterday only to throw those same words out with the trash today Your words...

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The Little Boy

The Little Boy

I can’t explain myself to this world When you know that you don’t fit in And the worst part is that it is probably just in your head When all you ever remember is the pain When tears flow way too...

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I See You All

I See You All

I see you all. I see you all the time I know you don’t see me at all And that’s ok. I get it Did you know these tears are real Around you they flow on the inside Around me they flow on the outside...

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My Words Kill

My Words Kill

I know it was my words I didn’t mean for my words to kill What have I done Do you not know what I would do to take my words back I would climb the highest mountain I would dive the deepest ocean I...

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Why am I out there?

Why am I out there?

Pain is temporary quitting lasts forever - Lance Armstrong (Not that I am a fan) This post serves two purposes.  First, it is simple the 14th blog post for your reading pleasure; assuming that you...

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I Miss You All The Time

I Miss You All The Time

I wake up fighting the loss Looking down at the pieces of heart in my blood soaked hands I hope to not feel for long Fighting to keep my heart together Meant to fight and protect for your heart Who...

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Biking it alone

Biking it alone

To bike alone or with a partner or a bunch of people.  Depends on the person you are.  If you are an introvert like me who has pretty much always been alone then that is simply how you do things and...

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The god of success

The god of success

It's no fun learning something new about yourself and then realizing that what you have discovered is a pretty big issue.  I discovered and realized today that I worship the god of success. I don't...

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How I plan to save the planet

How I plan to save the planet

Little did I know back in grade 9 the first small seeds of my greatest passion were being planted.  No pun intended but from all the way back then a secret passion that I was not even aware of was...

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How did I pick my 55,000 kilometer route?

How did I pick my 55,000 kilometer route?

Picking my route was probably my most enjoyable part of planning my ride.  My guess is that I likely spent 100's of hours researching  this part of the bike ride.  My route is probably at least...

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Your nuts! That can’t be done!

Your nuts! That can’t be done!

I think it goes without saying that there are inherent risks for sure.  But as I write this post I am still employed and do one of the more dangerous jobs in North America.  An average of 100 police...

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