Category: Cycling North America

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Kil So Quan State Park to Wabash: (50kms) Leaving Kil So Quan, the climb back up to the main road got our blood circulating fast! It was already quite warm as we turned east to head out around the State Park and across the Wabash River. Just below the river we turned west again towards the Salamonie River State Forest....

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Dirty Dogs and Wild Westerlies

Defiance, Ohio to Monroeville, Indiana: (72kms) Leaving Defiance, we used the footpath to cross back over the Maumee River and headed south-west out of town. Our route had us following the Auglaize River to the appropriately named  “Junction”, a few houses at the intersection of our road, the 111 and another, larger one, the 637. Our route continued west and...

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Cold, Wet and Defiant

Ottawa Lakes, Michigan to Grand Rapids, Ohio: (60kms) When we left Ottawa Lakes, the morning skies were heavy and grey. It was only a matter of time before we’d get wet, not a great motivator to get out on the road. Getting wet means getting cold, even when you’re cycling. Getting cold, to the point of shivering, means you’re likely...

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A Delightful Detour

Clyde to Elmore, Ohio: (35kms) A couple of weeks ago a friend of ours, Megan, contacted us and asked if we would be anywhere near her house during our trip. As it happened, her house was only about 100 miles off route, so we decided to cycle up to Michigan and see her. We used to work together in Vietnam...

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Warmshowers and Rock’n’Roll

Geneva On The Lake to Mentor On The Lake, Ohio: (55kms) The route today was pretty convoluted. Ride a mile, turn left. Ride a mile, turn right! It was like that all day until we reached Painesville where we stopped in the middle of town for lunch on the sidewalk with the bikes. An older couple stopped and asked us...

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Lakeside We Ride

Evangola State Park to Westfield: (72kms) From Evangola State Park, we followed Lakeshore Drive (Highway 5) along Lake Erie as it wound its way around the shoreline past hundreds of seasonal holiday homes and villages. The road rose and fell but never steeply enough to stop us climbing. Down to the last couple of kilometres and the heavens opened up...

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Stateside and Westward Bound

Foreward: Having done a couple of housesits in Ontario and waited for the weather to fine up, we had made our way down to Crystal Beach, adjacent to the US border, and were now ready to join the Adventure Cycling Association’s Northern Tier route and head west across America. We would begin the American leg in the city of Buffalo,...

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Great Lakes and Falls – South to the Border

Toronto to Burlington: (72kms) The streets of urban Toronto are vastly different from our ride so far. Our route from Orillia had been tough, with hills and busy highways to negotiate, but today’s ride to Burlington, on the western side of Lake Ontario, was fantastic. The first half being entirely on bike paths and the second, on roads with a...

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Off We Go – The Show’s on the Road

D Day: Port Severn to Orillia (45kms) Winter had returned! It was cold and overcast, but at least it wasn’t raining for our first day of our new adventure on the bikes. Fully loaded and dressed in about every winter item we had, including our thermals, we took the obligatory photo with Ian and Maddie and headed down the drive...

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A Wild and Wintery Welcome

Foreward: This year we have decided to cycle on the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) Northern Tier Route. An epic route beginning in Bar Harbour, Maine and rolling across the US to its eventual end in Anacortes, Washington. However, as we have brought our bikes from England, it has been much easier and much less expensive to fly them to Toronto,...

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