Category Archives: Cycling & Cycle Touring

Allison Lake: A Short Return of Winter

We were heading towards Merritt. The rain was pounding on our car and it seemed like the wind was picking up. But we had hope. After all, many times when we’d driven east the weather was bad leaving Vancouver, but … Continue reading

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Taking My Ride With Destiny: Cycling Korea & Japan (Video)

When our son Neil was seven months old we went on a cycling trip to South Korea – from Seoul to Busan and then around Jeju Island and Japan – across Kyushu and island hopping south to Okinawa. Although we had both done many … Continue reading

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Pender, Saturna & Mayne: The Magic of the Gulf Islands

Not all trips are off to a good start. This was one of them. For years we have wanted to make it to Saturna island, but the ferry schedule makes it difficult to fit it into a regular weekend, and … Continue reading

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Edison-La Conner Loop: Small Town America

We drove into Edison, Washington, population 133. As we drove in to town, a blink of an eye later we were already outside “town” and had to make a quick u-turn before parking at the Elementary School. Maya went to … Continue reading

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Gabriola Island: Escaping the Rat Race

As much as we hate to admit it, we are sometimes part of this ongoing rat race too. We live in a big city, Gili is working full time for a successful start-up company, I started my own cycling education … Continue reading

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Japan (Part 2): Cycling The Forgotten Islands

From the ferry window, I observed rocks that looked like mushrooms, surrounded by the most turquoise water I had ever seen. We had just arrived to Yoron Island via the overnight ferry from Kagoshima, a 20 hour journey, but luckily … Continue reading

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Goodbye South Korea & Japan: End of Trip Reflection

As 2015 is coming to a close and our trip is nearing its end, I thought it’s time for some reflection. Yesterday, as we were riding around Zamami Island, we stopped for a break at a beautiful view point. Neil … Continue reading

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Japan (Part 1): The Opening Doors Experience of Cycling in Kyushu

Random Acts of Kindness When asking cycle tourers what is their favourite part about cycle touring, the answer is often ‘random acts of kindness’. I guess there is something about seeing people on bikes that opens people’s hearts. It may … Continue reading

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South Korea (Part 2): Cycling Jeju with Teddy Bears and Kimchi

On Expectations, Movie Spoilers and First Impressions Jeju Island is the Korean version of Hawaii. At least that’s what we read in the guidebook. I read this and thought: “oh oh, bad news”. You see, I like to travel to … Continue reading

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South Korea (Part 1): A Cyclist and Foodie Paradise

The Hardest Thing is to Leave… The stress was building up before this trip with endless lists of things to do, things to buy and things to finish before we took¬†off. This time we had to think more carefully what … Continue reading

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