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Here we go!

Tomorrow we leave on the train to go to Vancouver. We’ll be on there for three days but we’ve got lots of food to eat and books to read so we should be set! Then we’ll spend several days in the city getting the bikes setup (they have been taken apart and boxed up for the journey) and visiting family. Hopefully we will be off on our bikes on Monday, July 6th. That’s only one week away!

You may notice that there have been some changes around here. Most noticeably the whole background and theme of the blog is now white instead of black. Also, there is now a link at the top called “The Route“. This will take you to an interactive map of the route we plan on taking. Finally, things are always changing in the sidebar to the right. You may notice the newest addition of the logo for backpeddling. This is the bike shop that has helped us get all our gear together for our trip.

I’m not sure when we’ll get the chance to write another post but hopefully we’ll have started our big journey by then!

Winding down, then starting up.

Classes are over. Only three exams left. Last shift at the cafe was on Monday.

And now it’s on to bigger and more exciting things! The train ticket has been purchased. Nearly all the gear is set. The route has been planned.

the_open_road

All we can do now is hit the open road.

… 12 days and counting.

Status of the trip

So where are we at now?

Well, we haven’t quite bought our tickets yet, but we are almost certain that we will be leaving on the train from Buffalo to Vancouver on June 28th. That’s just over two weeks away!

You may be thinking to yourself that taking a train from Buffalo sounds like quite a roundabout way to get to Vancouver… and that would be a fair statement. But we do have our reasons: A) flying is expensive. B) taking a train through Canada is even more expensive! C) the greyhound is uncomfortable. D) the train from Buffalo is only a bit more expensive than the dirt-cheap greyhound. And as an added bonus we get to see a bit of Chicago and Seattle because of lay-overs.

Once we get to Vancouver (probably on July 1st) we plan on staying with a cousin for a few days so that we can get set-up and do a bit of exploring! We’re tentatively planning to hit the road by around the 6th of July.

And I thought we had a lot of gear!

This is a guy who has gone all out! Very inspiring!

And make sure to check out his site at www.mikebeaucamp.com/crosscanada.

Trial Ride

This is from our mini trip up to Unicamp two weeks ago. The point of the trip was to get a feel of biking all day with a bunch of weight and to try out all our gear. We do look a little decked out in our gear though!

Thomas and Emily

The Plan Thus Far..

My girlfriend, Emily, and I are planning on biking from Vancouver back to Guelph, ON this summer. We hope to be able to use this blog as a way to keep anyone who is interested updated about where we’re at!

Cheers!