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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

Nights in a tent

Km’s cycled

Canadain Hosts

International Hosts

Recent Blogs:

Utah Part 8 – May 16 & Summary

Utah Part 8 – May 16 & Summary

May 16 Km’s Pedalled - 51 km’s hike and bike (biked 16 km’s on gravel) Destination - Utah/Arizona border Some Notes - Temperatures were great today with even a few clouds. Last night on Google Maps...

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Utah Part 7 – May 10 to 15

Utah Part 7 – May 10 to 15

May 11 Km’s Pedalled - 88.5 km’s Destination – between Bluff & Mexican Hat Some Notes - A different day than yesterday but another physically demanding day.  Cool temperatures this morning again...

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Recent Friends & Hosts:

Paul & Chase Skilbeck

Paul & Chase Skilbeck

Thanks to my media guy Matt Butterman I was able to have use of an empty apartment in Berkeley from December 19 to 25.  Due to the Covid situation and students not in school it has left many...

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Jim Sweet

Jim Sweet

I reached to Jim via Warmshowers because I didn’t know what else do in such a big city as San Francisco during these Covid times. Jim also turned out to be a professional bike mechanic. We (mostly...

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Beverly and Todd Rigby

Beverly and Todd Rigby

I came by the Rigby's thanks to my aunt Cynthia who use to live in Brooks Oregon a few years back.  It is hard to express how amazing it feels and the morel boost one gets from getting out of the...

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Environment and Tree Planting

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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Bored? Go fix the planet

Bored? Go fix the planet

Such a simple idea that most of us have missed our entire lives.  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...

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Tree Planting

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