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2019-09-13: Pedestrians Instructions: Don’t you dare enter the crosswalk after the countdown timer starts, even …

2019-09-04: Biking Across Canada Day 67 — Whitbourne to Cape Spear, NL: All Good Things… Today's the day I finish my long journey. It's going to be strange going back to regular life after …

2019-08-29: Biking Across Canada Day 66 — Port Blandford to Whitbourne, NL: The Hills Never Get Easier… Riding into Bespin Mark and I got up at dawn and foraged for more blueberries while tearing down …

2019-08-28: Holy cow, I did it! 8511 km of cycling across Canada.

2019-08-27: Biking Across Canada Day 65 — Notre Dame to Port Blandford: The World's Largest Joey Smallwood The view from Joey’s Lookout After staying up late burning off my extra camp fuel (I can't fly with …

2019-08-26: Biking Across Canada Day 64 — Sheppardville to Notre Dame Provincial Park: Smooth Sailing Today was a straightforward, uneventful day of riding. Nothing exciting, nothing unfortunate. It was …

2019-08-25: Biking Across Canada Day 63 — Corner Brook to Sheppardville: Falling Off the Back Headwinds make the road seem never ending. Tough headwinds made for a long day of riding until …

2019-08-24: Biking Across Canada Day 63 — Stephenville Crossing to Corner Brook: Isolated Showers It was overcast as I left. I haven’t seen the sun yet in Newfoundland, and it may be a few …

2019-08-23: I’m getting a lot of friendly honks on the highway today. Newfoundlanders seem genuinely excited to …

2019-08-23: Biking Across Canada Day 62 — Port Aux Basques to Stephenville Crossing, NL: The Final Frontier Newfoundland: The final frontier These are the voyages of the bikeship Red Rocket Its ten-week …

2019-08-22: Newfoundland: the final frontier

2019-08-22: Biking Across Canada Day 61 — Antigonish to North Sydney, NS: Fear is a Powerful Drug I once had no fears, none at all, and then when I had some To my surprise I grew to like both, …

2019-08-21: Made it to the ferry. That was an adventure.

2019-08-21: Back on the bike. Only cost me about 25 minutes of daylight. Stopped in Nyanza for supplies as per …

2019-08-21: Oh no! Flat tire. 😱

2019-08-21: Whycocomagh! Over halfway there!

2019-08-21: Made it to Cape Breton. It’s going to be a long day but I’m on track to catch the overnight ferry!

2019-08-21: Biking Across Canada Day 60 — Brudenell River, PE to Antigonish, NS: Day of Defeat? I took a few photos of this ferry only to realize I was taking a different one. Today was an …

2019-08-20: Very happy to be back home in Nova Scotia for a couple days!

2019-08-20: Biking Across Canada Day 59 — Summerside to Brudenell River: Flights of Fancy and Friends From Home Charlottetown as seen from Stratford Today showed the value of not sticking too ridgidly to a plan. …

2019-08-19: Biking Across Canada Day 58 — Bouctouche to Summerside: …and the Livin' is Easy I'm really racking up the provinces quickly now, though everything seems quick after three weeks …

2019-08-18: Made it to another province today!

2019-08-18: Biking Across Canada Day 57 — Bathurst to Bouctouche: All of the Lights Morning in downtown Bathurst Cop lights, flash lights, spotlights, strobe lights, street lights …

2019-08-17: Biking Across Canada Day 57 — Matapedia to Bathurst: Incident at Restigouche Morning along the Restigouche I spent the day riding along the Restigouche River and the Baie des …

2019-08-16: Biking Across Day 56 — Mont-Joli to Matapedia: It Belongs in a Museum The Via train taking that railway at night instead of day is borderline criminal. After a good …

2019-08-16: Two unusual events this morning: 1. I wore a toque and mitts to ride my bike in mid-August. 2. I …

2019-08-15: Biking Across Canada Day 55 — Saint-Andre to Mont-Joli: Bring on a Brand New Renaissance I'm three pistols strong today. Well, Tom Thompson came paddling past I’m pretty sure it was …

2019-08-14: Biking Across Canada Day 54 — Quebec to Saint-Andre: So This is What I’ve Been Sleeping Through Berthier-sur-Mer You know how you can tell your friends love you? When they know you love sour …

2019-08-13: Biking Across Canada Day 53 — Rest Day in Quebec City: Celebrate with Poutine I didn’t get up to a lot today, which was great. I spent the day at Ewan and Aimee’s …

2019-08-12: Biking Across Canada Day 52 — Louiseville to Quebec City: So Close and Yet So Far My haul from the fromagerie. The squeaky wheel might get the grease, but the squeaky cheese curds …

2019-08-11: Biking Across Canada Day 51 — Oka to Louiseville QC: Avoiding Montreal, Embracing the Chemin du Roy We had quite the storm last night. Fortunately I was so tired that I slept right through it. I got …

2019-08-10: Biking Across Canada Day 50 — Ottawa to Oka: The Wringing of the Hands New province, who dis? I started the day by crossing into Quebec, which means I've ridden across …

2019-08-10: This is much better than most “Share the Road” signs because it actually shows what to do: give …

2019-08-09: Biking Across Canada Days 48–49 — Peterborough to Ottawa: If You Called Your Dad, He Could Stop It All, Yeah ‘Cos everybody hates a tourist Especially one who thinks it’s All such a laugh Yeah and …

2019-08-09: After three weeks of Ontario I finally made it through to another province

2019-08-07: Biking Across Canada Day 47 — Toronto to Peterborough: Pathetic Fallacy I was in a funk while riding today as I was feeling sad from missing my friends and family, so of …

2019-08-06: Biking Across Canada Days 45–46 — Two “Rest Days” in Toronto: Photographs on the Dashboard The photograph on the dashboard taken years ago Turned around backwards so the windshield shows …

2019-08-04: Biking Across Canada Day 44 — Wasaga Beach to Toronto: Waxing Nostalgic I'm back in the places I know so well. Ever since I got off the ferry in Tobermory I've been excited …

2019-08-03: Biking Across Canada Days 42–43 — South Baymouth to Owen Sound to Wasaga Beach: Joining the Peloton I got to experience two days of riding in a group and find out what I’d been missing by going …

2019-08-01: Biking Across Canada Day 41 — Spanish to South Baymouth: Selective History Today I finally met up with the Tour du Canada riders. Tour du Canada is nonprofit group that …

2019-07-31: Biking Across Canada Day 40 — Sault Ste. Marie to Spanish, ON: Accidentally Crashing the Group Ride Lunchtime swimming in Lake Huron Today the favourable winds, flat terrain, and temperate weather …

2019-07-30: Hello, Lake Huron. I know just what to do here.

2019-07-30: Biking Across Canada Day 39 — Rest Day on the Agawa Canyon Train: Haven't I Done Enough Training‽ You have to like trains to enjoy a day like today. Fortunately, I love trains. You might have …

2019-07-29: Biking Across Canada Day 38 — Agawa Bay to Sault Ste. Marie: You Gotta Make Way for the Homo Superior Today I said goodbye to Lake Superior. You really are inferior only to the ocean. I got an early …

2019-07-28: Biking Across Canada Day 37 — Obatanga to Agawa Bay: Come On Forest Fire, Burn the Disco Down We’re all standing our parent’s shoulders The boats across the ocean And they stand on …

2019-07-27: Biking Across Canada Day 36 — Neys Provincial Park to Obatanga Provincial Park: Some Parks Are Closeder than Others Today had a little bit of everything, (some sun, some rain, some headwinds, some hills, some flats), …

2019-07-26: Biking Across Canada Day 35 — Nipigon to Neys Provincial Park: Superior, You Are Inferior Great Lakes, Do I have what it takes to make it through to the other side? Lake Superior, you are …

2019-07-25: Biking Across Canada Day 34—Gammondale to Nipigon: Reunion Tour Bridge selfie Today I was reunited with the Great Lakes, and started seeing bicycle tourists again …

2019-07-24: Biking Across Canada Day 33—Quetico to Gammondale Farm: In the Big Rock Candy Mountain, You Never Change Your Socks Kakabeka Falls My socks smell. It doesn't seem to matter how often I wash and change them. I've …

2019-07-23: Biking Across Canada Day 32 — Mine Centre Rest Stop to Quetico Provincial Park: No Rest for the Wicked The rest stop I stayed at last night had a big sign say no camping 9 PM to 5 AM. I wasn't about to …

2019-07-23: New milestone today. Didn’t even know this one existed.

2019-07-22: Biking Across Canada Day 31—Caliper Lake Park to Mine Centre Rest Stop: A 30-Year Buildup to a Weak Punchline A dragonfly slept on my pannier overnight. It stayed there until the temperature warmed up enough …

2019-07-21: Biking Across Canada Day 30—Kenora to Caliper Lake: This Summer I Went Swimming… …This summer I might have drowned But I held my breath and I kicked my feet And I moved my arms …

2019-07-20: Biking Across Canada Day 29—Rest Day in Kenora: The Lake Life I probably did more distance yesterday than I should have. The last few hours I was fighting nausea …

2019-07-20: I will never get tired of seeing shooting stars and the milky way.

2019-07-19: Biking Across Canada Day 28—Winnipeg to Kenora: Fruits of my Labour Got in my Mercury and drove out west Pedal to the metal and my luck to the test Baby, sweet baby I …

2019-07-19: How I can tell I’m back in Ontario: chocolate milk for a dollar per litre

2019-07-18: A place to stand, a place to grow Ontari-ari-ari-o! Excited to be back in the Canadian Shield, home …

2019-07-18: Biking Across Canada Day 27—Rest Day in Winnipeg: A Fork in the Road Justin, Daphne, and Brooke were getting ready to spend the weekend at a cabin, so I helped out where …

2019-07-16: A 20-story atrium in a city that caters to spring breakers is not a design choice I would make. The …

2019-07-15: Tampa has a neat (& free) historic streetcar, with leather straps hanging on a wooden pole, and …

2019-07-14: Nice job seeking consultation on future bikeways from those who frequent the area, @cityofwinnipeg!

2019-07-13: Biking Across Canada Day 26—Portage La Prairie to Winnipeg: Easy Rider I knew I had a "short" ride of 80km today, so I spent some more time sightseeing in Portage La …

2019-07-12: Biking Across Canada Day 25—Oak Lake to Portage la Prairie: Sun Dogs and the Portage of the Prairies Wheat Kings will always be my favourite campfire sing-along song (Cat Steven’s Trouble would …

2019-07-11: Biking Across Canada Day 24—Broadview SK to Oak Lake MB—Trains, Planes & Automobiles Okay, border crossings are an event. Today was a mostly uneventful day. Riding along the …

2019-07-10: Goodbye, Saskatchewan. Hello, Manitoba!

2019-07-10: Biking Across Canada Day 23—Regina to Broadview: Blame it on the Grain This title doesn't make sense, but I couldn't resist the joke. Most of the hosts I stay with feel …

2019-07-09: Biking Across Canada Day 22—Rest Day in Regina: R v Kyle (2019) I spent the day wandering around Regina, seeing the city by foot. City Hall City Hall’s parking …

2019-07-08: How to preserve a building’s details while losing its soul, Regina edition. The rehabilitation of …

2019-07-08: Biking Across Canada Day 21—Craik to Regina: One Strong Wind The garage band in Saskatoon did a nice cover of Four Strong Winds. I experienced one of them today. …

2019-07-07: Biking Across Canada Day 20—Saskatoon to Craik: Life on a Highway Imagine this, but for 140 kilometres I didn't want to ride it all day long, but I did. I had …

2019-07-07: Biking Across Canada Day 19: Runnin' Round in Saskatoon Today was filled with guided tours of Saskatoon. So many I had to delay writing a blog post because …

2019-07-06: Biking Across Canada Day 18—Danielson Provincial Park to Saskatoon: Find the River I have got to leave to find my way Watch the road and memorize This life that passed before my eyes …

2019-07-05: No blog post today—busy getting a bunch of tours of Saskatoon —so check out these amazing parking …

2019-07-04: Made it to Saskatoon. I also crossed 2000 km today, or about 25% of the total distance for my ride …

2019-07-04: Biking Across Canada Day 17—Beechy to Danielson Provincial Park: It's About Dam Time The dam’s spillway seemed to go on forever I knew I had a short day so I let myself sleep in. Since …

2019-07-03: Biking Across Canada Day 16—Lacadena to Beechy, SK: Kyle has Style When I got up this morning a pronghorn was staring interestingly at my tent. They’re so fast …

2019-07-02: I got the personalized North-by-Northwest cropduster plane experience in Saskatchewan today. Taking …

2019-07-02: Biking Across Canada Day 15—Oyen AB(ish) to Lacadena SK(ish): Rider on the Storm Today was mostly uneventful, a good thing after the mechanical difficulties of the day before. My …

2019-07-01: Personalized way-finding signs‽ Thanks Saskatchewan!

2019-07-01: Biking Across Canada Day 14—Drumheller to Oyen(ish): Hoodoo Child Today had a lot of ups and downs, and I'm not talking about the elevation changes. Sun rising over …

2019-07-01: The road I’m on isn’t big enough to have a welcome sign, but hello Saskatchewan!

2019-07-01: Biking Across Canada Day 13—Calgary to Drumheller: Dino-Mite! How to shake a dinosaur’s hand My host were up before me for a change. Kyle and Kiera have a …

2019-06-30: I may not get a blog post out today due to limited Internet access, so here’s a t-shirt of a T-Rex …

2019-06-29: Biking Across Canada Day 12—Banff to Calgary: Goodbye Mountains, Hello E-Bikes! Leaving Banff before everyone was awake The Calgary Tower, now in in it’s sixth decade. …

2019-06-28: Biking Across Canada Day 11: Rest Day in Banff Some music, a beer, and a good set of tools made the maintenance work easy Today was quiet: an …

2019-06-27: Biking Across Canada Day 10—Kicking Horse to Banff: It’s All Downhill From Here Lotsa mountains today I started out the day by visiting the two spiral tunnel viewpoints. …

2019-06-26: The bus stops on the Bow Valley Highway remind me of My Neighbour Totoro. I imagine if I wait long …

2019-06-26: Biking Across Canada Day 9—Rogers Pass to Kicking Horse: Anything's Passable with Enough Dynamite The beautiful lonely road out of Illecillewaet Campground Today turned into a slog. I'm not sure …

2019-06-26: Made it to the top of Kicking Horse Pass, the highest point on the Trans Canada; the corollary is …

2019-06-25: Biking Across Canada Day 8—Yard Park to Rogers Pass: Shoulda Sent a Poet A signpost to all the peaks I’m avoiding I got another early start, knowing I had a lot of climbing …

2019-06-25: That last mountain kilometre was tough. Took me over an hour, mostly because of the time zone change

2019-06-24: Biking Across Canada Day 7—Kamloops to Yard Creek: The Shuswap Hop I love the cursive writing on this sign I really like getting an early start. Hitting the road at …

2019-06-23: Biking Across Canada Day 6: The Sporting Life in Kamloops Every city should have something like this Today was a rest day so I could spend time with Jon and …

2019-06-22: Biking Across Canada Day 5—Merritt to Kamloops: Ear-Popping Descents I could easily get a speeding ticket here. Spent the night in the picnic shelter at Merritt's …

2019-06-21: Summit number two! I swear I’m going to eat my weight in gummy candies this trip.

2019-06-20: Biking Across Canada Day 4—Hope to Merritt, BC: A Visit from the Roadside Fairies So happy to be done with all that climbing Spent the night at the Othello Tunnels parking lot, as …

2019-06-20: I’m only a few days into my bike ride across Canada, and I could already do a whole @Cove17 style …

2019-06-20: Day 3—Victoria to Hope, BC: Standing Next to Shoulders of Giants Rod is 6'9". Remember I said I'm only moderately tall? That's because Rod has always dwarfed me. …

2019-06-20: Made it to the top of first mountain pass! Should have a new blog post later today.

2019-06-19: Day 2: “Rest” Day in Vancouver. Today was a supposed rest day in Vancouver, but the problem with staying with friends you …

2019-06-18: Witnessing the birth of a new protected bike lane. So proud!

2019-06-18: Tour du Canada Day 1: Victoria to Vancouver Got an early start today so I could get a few hours of riding in before traffic picked up. The nice …

2019-06-17: How unprotected bike lanes sometimes feel.

2019-06-17: There were some highs points and some low points in the bicycle lanes today in Victoria.

2019-06-17: Day 0: Halifax to Victoria I’m coming for you, mountains I caught an early morning flight to Victoria today. My bike survived …

2019-06-16: Phew. My bike made it. Biggest worry of the trip is over.

2019-06-16: Okay, this isn’t so bad.

2019-06-12: This… seems like poor planning by the fire department. You can buy smaller fire trucks. …

2019-06-05: Halifax’s Parking Meter Replacement Problem Halifax council has voted to replace parking meters with central pay stations. This is good—more …

2019-06-05: Repping my bicycle socks for bike week. Thanks, mom!

2019-05-28: Anyone know what ship this is (was)? Found outside Marie Joseph, NS.

2019-05-28: Holy cow that sunrise at Taylor Head Provincial Park. It’s unreal.

2019-05-27: Sunrise from Tor Bay, Nova Scotia.

2019-05-26: I’m cowboy camping by the ocean tonight.

2019-05-24: Yeah, yeah, Professor Xavier, telepathy is cool and all but do you have

2019-05-23: If you love the Halifax Bike Week 2019 poster as much as I do, you can order a signed print right …

2019-05-12: A good morning riding on the outskirts of Saint John. I got to take two different ferries across the …

2019-05-12: It’s weird being in an 80s-themed bar and being one of the few people who remember when these songs …

2019-05-11: There’s a barcade in Saint John that has my favourite pinball machine ever so I guess I’m moving …

2019-05-11: I spend a lot of time thinking how to design roads to eliminate conflict between cars, bikes, and …

2019-05-10: “Maybe they’re shooting a real estate video?” (Saint John edition)

2019-05-09: Growing up in a city with mostly brick houses, and now living in a city with mostly wood houses, …

2019-05-07: Sunrise from the Citadel

2019-05-06: Can we get these tests added to all car ignitions, like those breathalyzer interlock systems?

2019-05-06: Dal is starting their annual abandoned bicycle removal next week. @DalOfficeSust will be tagging …

2019-05-04: I love it when you start a bicycle repair, it’s not going well, you think you’ll have to get the …

2019-05-03: I like this assessment of risk for deciding how much protection we need. It’s from a discussion …

2019-05-01: I hope small, specialized shops are successfully protected by the Centre Plan instead of giant …

2019-04-26: I attended a webinar on bicycle network design put on by the Dutch Cycling Embassy. One of their …

2019-04-24: 5 Jobs (x2): Audio/copy editor Bricklayers assistant Bobcat/forklift operator & grain shoveller …

2019-04-20: I keep seeing the security guard from the grocery store buying food in his civilian clothes after …

2019-04-19: Just found out about City Circuit HFX, an exercise group with placemaking elements. Go for a run …

2019-04-08: Jackpot! A tree that’s been dripping sap for the past few weeks made a giant icicle. We’re gonna …

2019-04-08: Just had to tell a driver that: You’re in a bike lane Cars can’t go straight here, only bikes You …

2019-03-27: Exciting discovery: the freeze/thaw cycle is causing the recently-trimmed trees in our neighbourhood …

2019-03-23: We’ve always had more guests visiting by bike than by car, but never had good parking for them. I …

2019-03-21: While stopped at a light this morning on my bicycle, a motorist pulled up, rolled down his window, …

2019-03-19: I’m totally taking credit for this happening after tweeting about them a few times: …

2019-03-19: I love realizing that instead of two indentical pairs of mismatched socks, you actually have two …

2019-03-18: Fellow parents, is the inside of your washing machine also coated in stickers your kids left on …

2019-03-18: Signs of spring at Fort Needham Park

2019-03-17: If Africville was still around, would it have been renamed by Google Maps? …

2019-03-16: Whenever I get new gear I’m always waaaay too impatient and eager to try it out. I got a new tent …

2019-03-14: They keep having fall prevention events at work and I don’t think these people understand how …

2019-03-10: This NARC game at the Propeller Arcade has some mixed messaging.

2019-03-03: Why does this keep happening to me‽

2019-02-16: Today I learned you can accidentally make taffy when you’re trying to reduce cherry juice and sugar …

2019-02-14: “Oh look, there’s a cyclist not using the bike lane because it’s full of snow. He or she must have …

2019-02-13: Rode my bike to spin class this morning to find it cancelled, so I skiied back this afternoon which …

2019-02-08: A key benefit to International Winter Bike-to-Work Day is that it’s also International …

2019-02-08: Happy ❄️ Winter Bike-to-Work Day 🚲, Halifax. It’s icy out there. The roads seem fine but I had a …

2019-02-02: Got the new Route Verte guide. What a difference 8 years makes: from 4112 km of bikeways to 5300. I …

2019-02-02: Tour Du Canada Itinerary I’m riding my bicycle across Canada this summer. This is a self-supported, solo trip. …

2019-02-02: Hello World!