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Welcome and thanks for stopping by.  On November 12, 2019 I started a 3 year, 50,000+/- kilometer bike ride in St John’s Newfoundland.

This amazing and epic adventure has me crossing Canada east to west during the winter of 2019/20 and then on my way to the bottom of Argentina.

Before starting this ride I anticipated the first 6 months during the winter to be a miserable and horrible experience.  Every minute and every mile would simply suck.  Either I was strong enough to bike and camp during the winter or I was not.  The ride started out slowly and then some interesting things started to happen.  What I have regularly referred to as “the magic.”  First it started a little in Newfoundland and then it continued in Nova Scotia and then it really started to grow in Prince Edward Island.  Coming back into Nova Scotia things really took off to a point that has had me speechless at times.  The “magic” that I am referring to is the magic of generosity experienced from the locals in virtually every town I stopped in.

Complete strangers were hosting me and other complete strangers were giving me a few bucks here and there.  Restaurants were giving me complimentary meals and I was being recognized almost everywhere I went (thanks to traditional and social media).  The experiences were so amazing and moving that I ended up adding 1,300 km’s to my PEI and Nova Scotia route to simply expose myself to the locals.  To see what was waiting for me around the next corner. 

This is a ride that I have been planning and working very hard towards (and at the same time been constantly distracted from) since the end of 2011.  The working, planning and dreaming began immediately after my first and life changing 6,500 km bike ride through western and northern Canada in 2011.

Part of the motivation behind my November 12 start date is to pedal a bike across Canada during a Canadian winter.  In my world this is perhaps the greatest challenge that I can come up with that would possibly push me to the point of failure.  I have to believe that at my age that some of my best years are still ahead of me.  And this seems like the my way to prove this to myself.  To push and challenge yourself to your possible limit in my mid years will give me my courage for the future.

“May your greatest dreams and goals be ahead of you; not behind you.”

This 50,000 km bike ride is an adventure that but a small handful of people on this planet would ever attempt.

An even smaller handful would ever attempt to start such a bike ride in during a Canadian winter. 

During my ride I will experience different cultures and languages, extreme landscapes, extreme weather, extreme isolation and extreme beauty and wonder.  I will experience risk, adventure and danger unlike ever before in my life.  I will be required to push everything that I am to its limits.  The success or failure of this ride will ultimately be in my own and Gods hands.

My hope is to share my experiences with as many people possible via social media, blogs, photos and video.  So please stop by again and again for updates.  Your well wishes and support will always be appreciated.

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Arie Hoogerbrugge – AKA Safari Arie

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Current City:

Mexicali, MEX

Headed to:

La Paz, MEX

Days on the road

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Recent Blogs:

Arizona Part 4 – May 31 to June 4

Arizona Part 4 – May 31 to June 4

May 31 Km’s Pedalled - 41 km’s Destination - 10 km’s from Bullhead City Some Notes – I wrote and posted Arizona Part 3 and I researched and made a bunch of notes for biking the Baja Mexico.  I left...

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Arizona Part 3 – May 25 to 30

Arizona Part 3 – May 25 to 30

May 25 Km’s Pedalled - 74 km’s Destination - 24 km’s to Williams Some Notes – A sunny hot day.  I started this morning with my last views of the Grand Canyon near the visitors center area of the...

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Arizona Grand Canyon Part 2 – May 21 to 24

Arizona Grand Canyon Part 2 – May 21 to 24

May 21 Km’s Pedalled - 24.5 km’s plus a ride all the way to the South Rim Grand Canyon. Destination - South Rim Grand Canyon- Desert View Viewpoint Some Notes - A late start this morning.  But I...

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Recent Friends & Hosts:

Just the facts.  What are the chances?

Just the facts.  What are the chances?

I met Bruce and Rennee Allen of Grande Prairie, Alberta during my first bike tour on July 18, 2011 and stayed with them for 2 nights.  The reason I met the Allen’s was thanks to my laptop...

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Glen & Cathy McClure

Glen & Cathy McClure

Gen has been following my ride from the very beginning.  He kept bugging me when I was going to arrive in LA.  Funny thing was I originally had no plans to arrive bike in or to LA.  But after I saw...

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Paul Aschenbrenner

Paul Aschenbrenner

Paul Aschenbrenner and his 1978 Volkswagen van named Kermit just outside Castorville (which turns out to be the Artichoke Center of the World). Every Tuesday from 10:30 until 2:30 for the last 8...

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Environment and Tree Planting

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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My Environmental Manifesto

My Environmental Manifesto

If we claim to be serious about the environment doesn't a personal environmental manifesto make sense? Are the poles melting? Is climate change natural or man-made? Actually we need to perhaps be...

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Tree Planting

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