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My journey so far:
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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Three Years of your Life!

Three Years of your Life!

That's right; I plan to cycle and live on the road looking for a new place to sleep virtually every night for the next three years of my life.  That can be a difficult concept/reality to overcome. ...

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Bored? Fix the Planet

Bored? Fix the Planet

So simple, so much work to do and so many people bored.  How did I miss this idea my whole life?  How many stages of our lives are filled with boredom?  How many people are bored their whole lives? ...

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How I Plan To Be Successful

How I Plan To Be Successful

Determination, self-sacrifice and daily lifestyle choices.  For much of my life these three choices have overtaken much of my life and lifestyle.  Even with dead ends, u-turns and scenic routes...

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