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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:

Scotland Halfmoon, Belize (HOME)

Headed to:

No Where Soon

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Recent Blogs:

Veracruz State (Nov 1 to 6)

Veracruz State (Nov 1 to 6)

On October 30th I arrived in Cordoba in the Mexican state of Veracruz November 1 Some Notes - I found my afternoon fairly unproductive thanks to a computer issue which is about as frustrating as it...

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How to document your bike tour or adventure

How to document your bike tour or adventure

I don’t write this post as any kind of expert on documenting.  Instead, I write this post for the purposes of learning other ways and methods of documenting.  Documenting is like a style and...

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Puebla State (Oct 28 to 31)

Puebla State (Oct 28 to 31)

October 28 Km’s Pedalled - 66 km’s Destination - Tecamachalco Some Notes - I don’t like it here very much.  The (old) guy that has the sleeping bunk below me snores, coughs, moans and farts (loudly)...

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Recent Friends & Hosts:

Paty De Anda

Paty De Anda

Through a random stop at a Fresnillo bike shop called Rocha bike shop I was found a host upon my arrival in Zacatecas.  Paty would be able to offer me an empty lower floor apartment.  There was so...

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La Leyenda Restaurant

La Leyenda Restaurant

While in Zacatecas I met another cyclist named Elton.  You can read about our meeting HERE. We would find ourselves at a restaurant called La Leyenda.  The restaurant was filled with trinkets and...

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Zeek GPS

Zeek GPS

Thanks to my host in Torreon Ricardo Mendoza I had a chance meeting with the Manuel Zeek the owner of Zeek GPS.  We hit it off pretty good and he was willing to help my bike ride by providing me...

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Environment and Tree Planting

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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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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Tree Planting

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