August 1, 2014
I've been away from home for just under a month (James and I left Vernon on July 4th). In that time I cycled 3134 KM (about 1947 miles), which is the most cycling I've ever done in a 28 day period, and I lost 5 KG of weight (about 11 lbs) despite eating incredible quantities of food. I had a chat with Marissa this morning and she suggested that her and I should cycle together from Fargo to the east coast of the USA at some point in the future when our kids are a little bit older. I love that suggestion!
In summary, here are some of my favourite moments from this trip:
The only thing I would do differently if I did this again would be to take more days off. When I rode across Canada in 2005 I took rest breaks in many towns so that I could visit them. I didn't realize how much I missed doing that until we had a rest day in Fargo. One must always remember to stop and smell the roses.
It is now 12:30 pm and I am at the airport. To get here I took a bus to the bike shop where I picked up my boxed-up bike and from there, I took a taxi to the airport. Upon check-in I had to pay a $150 baggage fee for my bike. I did look at alternative options such as Fedex and UPS but both were more expensive due to the fact that the shipment has to go from the USA to Canada.
A big thank you to my friends Jim, Carl, James and Trevor for being awesome travelling mates. They are a fun, easy-going bunch and I'm truly lucky to have them as friends and as travelling companions. And lastly, a big big thank you to my family for supporting my desire to cross a continent for the 2nd time.