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My journey so far:
California Part 7 (Jan 4 to 11)

California Part 7 (Jan 4 to 11)

January 4 Km’s Pedalled - 75 km’s Destination - south of Toro Canyon Some Notes - Spirits are high and the sun is shining.  I am back on the coast.  I realized that I have been on this section of...

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Homelessness in North America

Homelessness in North America

A blog post about homelessness.  Yup that’s right.  So you might want to skip this post. I use to go to a church that had a purge Sunday.  They intentionally tried to get people to leave the church...

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California Part 6 (Dec 31 to Jan 3)

California Part 6 (Dec 31 to Jan 3)

December 31 Km’s Pedalled - 84 km’s (Strava shut off for about 10 km’s) Destination - Cambria Some Notes - Sometime in the night the tent started to shake from the wind and it never did stop shaking...

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2020 in Review

2020 in Review

If I had to explain or describe 2020 in one word, I think it would be “WOW!!!???”  With a few exclamation and question marks.  I think it’s safe to say this year did not go as planned for anybody....

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Thank you! You guys are awesome!

Thank you! You guys are awesome!

I make every effort to read every comment posted and to either respond or “like” every comment.  From the beginning I have kept a record of my favorite comments/messages. What can I say other than...

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California Part 5 (Dec 25 to 30

California Part 5 (Dec 25 to 30

December 25 Km’s Pedalled - 53 km’s Destination - San Francisco Some Notes – I got a very late start and ended up pedalling all day in the rain and into the dark.  I am camping very close to the...

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California Part 4 (Dec 20 to 25)

California Part 4 (Dec 20 to 25)

December 20 to 25 Some Notes – My productivity has been on and off since getting here in Berkeley.  I am very busy but mostly what I want to do is watch TV, which I have watched plenty of already. ...

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California Part 3 (Dec 12 to 19)

California Part 3 (Dec 12 to 19)

December 12 Km’s Pedalled - 57 km’s (Strava shut off for about 6 km’s) Destination - just past Valley Ford (3.5 km’s) Some Notes - I slept better than expected last night.  And this morning during...

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The Story of Belize

The Story of Belize

I need to thank Tom Barbitta for this blog post.  In a comment from a personal Facebook post Tom asked what the story was with Belize.  Well that's the thing – it very much is a story.  And like...

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California Part 2 (Dec 6 to 11)

California Part 2 (Dec 6 to 11)

December 6 Km’s Pedalled – 64 km’s Destination – Piercy Some Notes – According to the lady that took my money this morning for camping in Burlington Campground (Avenue of the Giants) California is...

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California Part 1 (Dec 1 to 5)

California Part 1 (Dec 1 to 5)

December 1 Km’s Pedalled – the last 5 km’s in Oregon & first 46 km’s into California Destination – Redwoods National and State Park Some Notes – Last night was another 3 am bedtime.  So a late...

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Oregon Part 4 & Summary (Nov 28 to Dec 1)

Oregon Part 4 & Summary (Nov 28 to Dec 1)

November 28 Km’s Pedalled - 82 km’s Destination - Wedderburn Some Notes – A chilly morning as usual but the sun continues to shine.  I bypassed Cape Blanco State Park which was also on my radar to...

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Oregon Part 3 (Nov 24 to 27)

Oregon Part 3 (Nov 24 to 27)

November 24 Km’s Pedalled - 123 km’s Destination - Same spot as last night - the highest mountain peek between Florence and Reedsport Some Notes – A noisy camping spot last night.  I am close to the...

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Oregon Part 2 (Nov 15 to 23)

Oregon Part 2 (Nov 15 to 23)

November 15 Km’s Pedalled - 63.5 km’s Destination - Willamina Some Notes - Based on yesterday‘s experience in the rain I thought today was going to be absolutely miserable.  When I woke up the rain...

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Oregon Part 1 (Nov 10 to 14)

Oregon Part 1 (Nov 10 to 14)

November 10 Km’s Pedalled - 28 km’s Destination - Just outside Fort Steven Some Notes – It rained through out the night.  The tent was a bit on a slope, so not the most comfortable sleep.  And it...

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Washington Part 3 & Summary (Nov 4 to 9)

Washington Part 3 & Summary (Nov 4 to 9)

November 4 to 7 Some Notes - I ended up spending 4 nights with my hosts in Raymond.  As mentioned in the last post the gentleman that pulled over and offered me a warm bed to sleep in Aberdeen was...

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Washington Part 2 (Oct 29 to Nov 4)

Washington Part 2 (Oct 29 to Nov 4)

October 30 Km’s Pedalled - 14 km’s Destination - Just outside Hoh Rain Forest Some Notes – It rained most of the whole night.  The sun actually came out today which is so unbelievable!  With sun out...

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Washington Part 1 (Oct 25 to Oct 29)

Washington Part 1 (Oct 25 to Oct 29)

October 25 Km’s Pedalled - 17 km’s Destination - Near the Fauntleroy ferry Some Notes – Wow, I am on a plane during a pandemic.  So many vacation and travel plans have been cancelled and here I am...

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Haunted by the desires that will never be

Haunted by the desires that will never be

I imagine your touch How smooth and sensual your skin is to me My fingers trembling Looking into your eyes Seeing eternity in the depths Reflecting my hurt and pain so raw My hand runs up your thigh...

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You asked, I answered

You asked, I answered

I wanted to take a moment to thank Kirk R Davis for reaching out and asking me some interesting questions.  If you have a few questions of your own, please feel free to reach out and I will do my...

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Oh Canada – What a story!!!

Oh Canada – What a story!!!

The genesis of this ride In 2011 I did a 6,500 km bike ride through all of western and northern Canada.  Simply check out the map for reference.  This ride would ultimately be one of the greatest...

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Vancouver Island Part 3 (Oct 4 to 14)

Vancouver Island Part 3 (Oct 4 to 14)

October 4 to October 10 Summary From arriving at the Allen’s in Qualicum Beach on the 4th until the 9th I barely left the kitchen table.  I started working from the computer late morning but my...

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Personal Reflections and Gratitude

I posted this on Facebook over Thanksgiving Reflecting on over 12,000 km’s pedalled over the last year (inc winter) and being invited and hosted a record 53 times (so far) across Canada I am forced...

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My US Plans

My US Plans

It seems to be crazy to be laying out my plans for the Unite States at this time.  For multiple reasons.  First I should probably already be in San Diego California by now.  Secondly I have to fly...

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The “what you don’t see” blog post

The “what you don’t see” blog post

This is my “what you don’t see” blog post.   You get to see all the beautiful photos and videos I post.  But there are also the physical and mental challenges that come with living on a bike that...

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Vancouver Island Part 2 (Sept 30 to Oct 4)

Vancouver Island Part 2 (Sept 30 to Oct 4)

September 30 Km’s Pedalled – 42.5 km’s Destination – Wya Point Surf Shop at the junction of Hwy 4 and Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Some Notes – Another beautiful sunny day.  I hiked Cox...

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Vancouver Island Part 1 (Sept 24 to 29)

Vancouver Island Part 1 (Sept 24 to 29)

September 24 Km’s Pedalled - 34 km’s Destination - Qualicum Beach Some Notes – The weather is overcast with just a little bit of rain.  Today was only a short bike ride to my next hosts in Qualicum...

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Vancouver Part 3 (Sept 19 to 23)

Vancouver Part 3 (Sept 19 to 23)

September 19 Some Notes – I biked to Bike Doctor bike shop looking for Post Turkey Swiss 108 (on Instagram).  It turns out he is a bike mechanic and his name is Bailey.  Bailey wasn’t in today. I...

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Social Media

Social Media

It failed so can we please stop posting crap?  If the world does not already realize the following [examples] then I promise your memes haven’t changed a thing. Every Canadian already knows that...

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Vancouver Part 2 (Sept 11 to 18)

Vancouver Part 2 (Sept 11 to 18)

September 11 Today was a very busy day.  John Leung who I was a guest on his YouTube show The Healthy Way Vibes stopped by the hostel to take me out to lunch.  We had a great time.  It was really...

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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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Alberta Completed – Aug 16 to 21 & Summary

Alberta Completed – Aug 16 to 21 & Summary

August 16 Km’s Pedalled - 47 km’s Destination - Jasper Some Notes – Another beautiful sunny day.  On the way to Jasper I visited, Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls. Sunwapta Falls Athabaska Falls I am...

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Alberta Badlands – July 28 to Aug 1

Alberta Badlands – July 28 to Aug 1

July 28 Some Notes - Arriving in Empress Alberta yesterday.  Today is my first full day in Alberta.  Today I also get to celebrate 200 days on the road (not including time off for Christmas and...

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200 days on the road

200 days on the road

Almost nothing has gone as planned and I wouldn’t change a single thing On July 28th on my first full day in Alberta I was able to celebrate 200 days on the road.  This does not include some...

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My Plans For The Canadian Arctic

My Plans For The Canadian Arctic

This "feature photo" for this blog piece is a photo of the actual Arctic Ocean that I took in 2004 during a road trip to Alaska. So as I write this it is August 8, 2020 and I am currently in Calgary...

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Saskatchewan – July 17 to 28 and Summary

Saskatchewan – July 17 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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