Archive for July, 2008


I wanted to make a Bikely route for the whole ride, but it ended up being too large for bikely to handle. So I made a Google Earth file of it instead.

Some reflections and opinions.

The most frequently recurring reflection I have is that in my first day’s log entry, I mention not envying Graydon and Frances having to go back up the hill at Agassiz the next day. Naturally, I then spend a good chunk of the next day grinding halfway up the Cascades to Hope Slide. The other […]

What/how I packed.

The bike I used was an old lugged-construction road racing bike (early 80s Miele), to which I’d added a triple-chainring crankset (Campagnolo Veloce 52/42/26; the granny ring was taken from a different crankset), larger range freewheel (7 speed, 13-28), reversible clipless/platform pedals, fenders (though I stripped off the rear fender pretty early on), a suspension-designed […]

July 23: Truro to Halifax (~115km)

Bikely map With no climatic horrors, and with my host needing to head to work in the morning, I got on the road at around 9am. I stopped at a local community centre to recheck my route to Point Pleasant Park (for once I reached Halifax), and see the weather forecast for the day. I […]

July 22: Amherst to Truro (~125km)

Bikely map Once again, rain furnished me with an excuse for a late start so by the time I’d shown my remaining route to the Atlantic Canada Cycling folks (who didn’t really have any suggested improvements to make — something I’d blame partly on consulting their website when planning the route back in Edmundston), breakfasted […]

July 21: New Canaan to Amherst (~124km)

Bikely map Between the late night the night before, attempting to avoid getting rained on too much by sleeping in a little extra, and trying not to have to deal with too many bugs, I wasn’t really up until around 10am, and on the road until 12:30.

July 20: Fredericton to New Canaan (~143km)

Bikely map After a good night’s sleep and a generous breakfast, I found myself heading out at around 11:30am. Upon reaching Gagetown, I found that my friend had already headed into town for church, and was going to be there for the rest of the day.

July 19: Peel to Fredericton (~149km)

Bikely map When I woke up in the morning, it was raining. On top of that, the dinner I’d had the previous night consisted of food that had been sitting (unrefrigerated) in my pannier since the 14th (and included cheese curds). So between waiting out the morning rain, and working through my minor digestive distress, […]

July 18: Edmundston to Peel (~161km)

Bikely map Edmundston being a paper milling town, and having spent a rest day in it, I woke up in the morning and noticed that I had a body odour that smelled of paper mill. I decided to shave and shower to wash off the smell, and be able to set out clean-shaven, though this […]

July 16: Cafe au Station to Edmundston (~123km)

Bikely map Waking up at around 8am, I ate some granola bars, broke camp, and dropped into the cafe for a muffin and some tea. The pump for the watering station didn’t seem to be working (it wouldn’t prime, even though there certainly didn’t seem to be any shortage of groundwater), but I didn’t think […]

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