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North America » Mexico » Baja California » Tijuana December 11th 2008

So here we are, we can officially boast that we have ridden our bicycles from Canada to MEXICO!!!!! I really can't believe it. People have been asking us a lot of questions about the trip, so consider this our FAQ blog, now that we have 92 days of cycling under our belt to talk about. We've even divided it into handy easy-to-read sections for simple navigation, because let's be honest here - you're probably not going to read the whole thing. It's long. And, if you are going to read the whole thing, flattered as we are, shouldn't you stop procrastinating and start studying? I hear it's finals time... ;-) Here's the breakdown: Section 1 : The NUMBERS Section 2 : The hogs Section 3: The On-the-Road experience Section 4: Observations from the Road Section 5: ... read more
They look so pretty without all the junk on them
One frosty night in the tent
The California Redwoods

North America » United States » California » San Diego December 10th 2008

Mike: I must confess - we've been neglecting the blog as of late, and of course, an overwhelming amount of things have happened! We've been in San Diego for two days, but I'm only going to update from when Sharon wrote the last entry (after the Big Sur coast) to entering San Diego. Let's see... when looking through the pictures, the first thing that comes to mind is the foul weather! Sure enough, soon after we left the library in Cambria, the rain began to fall. Lightly first - the really annoying kind where you can't decide if rainpants are warranted - then heavy. Really heavy. Flash flood-y heavy. We reached Morro Bay and packed it in at a cheap motel, which was fine since we absolutely needed to do laundry and shower anyways. It was ... read more
welcome to So-Cal...
Ventura skies
3 feet from the PCH

North America » United States » California » Big Sur November 25th 2008

Or at least that's what the cycling book calls it... We've just finished cycling over (and I mean up and over!!) the much hyped Big Sur coastline. We've been hearing about it since we reached the coast - as though it is the pride and joy of the Pacific coastline in America. Whenever chatting to someone along the way and we mention we are heading south, we've seen faces light up and eyes start to twinkle as people begin to describe the Big Sur coastline. "If you think this is spectacular, wait until you get to Big Sur!!" And... it did a pretty good job living up to its reputation! From the cliff-hanging rides over a 1000 feet above the turquoise waters below, to the remote beaches - it's been pretty fantastic. So fantastic in fact ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 17th 2008

Sharon: SAN FRANCISCO HAS BEEN SO INCREDIBLY AMAZING THAT I FEEL LIKE WRITING THIS ENTIRE ENTRY IN CAPITAL LETTERS TO EXPRESS THE THRILLING SENSE OF EXCITEMENT THAT I'VE BEEN FEELING THE WHOLE TIME WE'VE BEEN HERE - but I'll switch to normal typing because all capitals are pretty annoying...! It's been a whirlwind, with so much diversity in each of our new-found (often completely random) adventures. I wanted to write about all of the highlights so far, as we're leaving San Fran tomorrow (I'm pouting as I say this, but also excited to get back on the road). We started off, as Mike mentioned, cycling to the summit of a sizable hill/mountain in the Marin Headlands to get an awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the SF Bay - turns out this hill is ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 14th 2008

Mike: This won't be the full-sized blog Sharon promised, but I'll make up for it by adding pictures! After a mind-boggling detour due to lack of signage and a blatantly wrong guidebook, we finally set up camp in the Marin Headlands near dusk. The site was far enough from San Francisco to escape the sound of the city, but we instead had to deal with the sounds of the ocean - specifically, a foghorn which would sound every 16 seconds. I didn't pay much attention to it when I first fell asleep, but when I woke up at midnight, I began to wonder firstly why the heck it needed to go off every 16 seconds and secondly why the heck would they build a campsite where a foghorn blows every 16 seconds? And just like that, ... read more
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco
gratuitous touristy photo

North America » United States » California » San Francisco November 12th 2008

Sharon: We're sitting here in a library in Langunitas (or something like that) TWENTY MILES from the Golden Gate! Thought we'd write a quick update - to let you know that we're still alive and kicking! The last few weeks (or however long it's been since the last blog) have been phenomenal. We finished cycling the beautiful Oregon coast, crossed into California, and cycled alongside thousand year old redwoods, over spectacular cliffside coastline, through cattle pastures in sage covered tundra, along deeply shaded roads lined with eucalyptus trees, and past rows and rows of grapes in the Sonoma Valley. We've had incredible sunshine and desert-like intense heat, dense veils of fog, heavy down pours, and everything in between (no snow though - take that Alberta!). Not only that, but we've spent many of our nights camped ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Lincoln City October 24th 2008

Mike: This may seem quickly written, and will more than likely contain a fair share of typos - because they're gouging us for internet time in Lincoln City, and I just found out the dollar has plummeted! Sharon last updated the blog in Portland - and, like always, a lot has happened since the last post! We said goodbye to Matt, and headed west - and north, for some odd reason (decided to skip the mountain range by following the Columbia river). Slept in a ditch near St. Helen's (the town, not the volcanic mountain) and were pleasantly awoken by gun shots - apparently goose hunting season has started! The funny thing is that it really didn't phase us that much... we just layed in the tent till it got light out, packed up, and hit ... read more
Lookout over Cape Lookout
Hanging out with our buddy, Obama

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland October 15th 2008

Sharon: So much has happened since the last time we updated our blog; I already feel like this morning was three weeks ago! Thinking that our now-usual routine of searching out an internet cafe would play out (search for internet cafe with increasing feelings of urgency, finally find one, check our emails like junkies craving a hit, forget everything else that we planned to do once we finally found a much coveted internet connection), I made up a list in my travel journal of things I want to talk about and I'm going to stick to it. 1) Uncle Todd is nice. 2) We made it to the US of A! 3) To Seattle and beyond 4) Phil, our equivalent of a fairy godmother 5) Holidaying with Mike's parents 6) More incredibly nice people! 7) Flat ... read more

Sharon: Well, we're in Victoria, the city that feels to us like our "gateway city" to the rest of our trip. We took our time getting to Victoria, as my uncle had kindly offered up his ocean view apartment in downtown Victoria for the weekend (he is staying here during the week taking a course at the college and goes home on weekends). How could we turn that down? The first day or two leaving my grandparents' house really felt like "Rollyview days" (slang for "feeling like we're not getting anywhere and we're certainly not getting there fast" - Rollyview is a town really close to my mum's house, but it seems a lot further on bike...) We also had rain, the sniffles, and bike mishaps, leading to one or two "What's the point of all ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Courtenay September 29th 2008

Sharon: This blog entry doesn't really fit in with the rest.... as we haven't been cycling for over THREE days. Our bums are getting lonesome without their trusty bike seats to rest on. We got to my Grandma and Grandpa's house on Vancouver Island on Wednesday in the POURING rain. It rained - and it rained - and it rained - all day long. Turns out our amazing waterproof gear is only water proof in Alberta! To be fair, it did hold up pretty well - but after four or five hours of saturation we were bound to get a bit wet. Unfortunately, my spur of the moment running shoe purchase (after losing my favourite pair) was not such a great idea for the wet coastal weather, as the shoes have "vents" at the front - ... read more
Sharon and mum!

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