Our Epic Journey

40

Days on the Road

12500

Kilometers Travelled

Our journey took us across North America through the US into Canada with a stop in Vancouver, Kelowana and then back into the US down the coast through Oregon, Washington and on to California where we rode our bikes on a 500 km trip down the iconic highway one.  Unfortunately, we only managed to complete 500 km of our planned 1300 km due to fires, extreme temperatures and road closures but we hope to try again in the near future. We then journeyed back through the mid west on our way back to Ontario.

What is Rick Bringing on his bike?

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What to bring on a bike-packing trip? In this short video, Rick explains what he will bring and why.

Day 1 – London to Ludington (481km)

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Well we're off on our epic journey! Our first leg was from London to Pere Marquette River KOA, Michigan and we were happy with our…

Day 2 – Ludington to Eau Galle Recreation Area (594 km)

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Long day today as we drove 600 km. But we are now at Eau Galle Recreation area and after a nice hot shower, a tasty…

Day 3 – Eau Galle to Cottonwood Campground, Yankton SD (603 km)

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Woke up at 5:20am and looked at the weather radar and realized that in a few minutes we would be deluged with rain so Jon…

Day 4 – Cottonwood Campground to Bluebell Campground, Custer National Forest, South Dakota (634 km)

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Day four, beautiful morning in Cottonwood Campground. Our campsite was perfectly situated to catch the awesome sunrise across Lake Yankton. Our site (B9) was a…

Day 5 – Rest day at Custer State Forest

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Day five. Woke up to a bit of a rainy, cold day and decided to head in to Custer and see what was happening with…

Day 6 – Bluebell Campground, Custer State Forest to Tongue Lake, Wyoming (496 km)

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Day Six, moving on through Wyoming and then up into Montana to the rather bleak and inelegant Tongue River Reservoir campground. On arrival we found…

Day 7 – Tongue River to Waterton Lakes, Alberta (849 km)

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Day seven. Tongue River to Waterton Lakes, Alberta, a long day of driving! We started early in the morning and headed out. Not much of…

Day 8 – Waterton Lakes, Alta. to Fernie, B.C. (324 km)

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Day eight. Waterton Lakes, Alta. to Fernie, B.C., an easier day of driving than the last 2 days! Woke up to a cold and drizzly…

Day 9 – Fernie to Kettle River (324 km)

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Day nine. Fernie to Kettle River, B.C., another easy day of driving The BC fires are really awful this year and the entire province is…

Day 10 – Kettle River to Vancouver (457 km)

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Day ten. Kettle River to Vancouver, a long day of driving as Richard makes the push on to Vancouver and Jon starts his bike ride…

Day 16 – Vancouver to Kelowana (389 KM)

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Day sixteen. Vancouver to Kelowna, back on the road again!  After a nice, party-filled time in Vancouver, I am on the road again to meet…

Day 17 – Kelowna to Alta Lake State Park, Washington (273 km)

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Day seventeen, Kelowna to Alta Lake State Park.  Jon is excited to get going after his sojourn in Kelowna so we headed for the US…

Day 18 – Alta Lake Campground, WA to Priest Rapids Recreation Area, WA (212 KM)

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Day eighteen, Alta Lake State Park to Priest Rapids Recreation Area.  Well, we are still in Washington on our way to the Zone of Totality…

Day 19 – Priest Rapids Recreation Area to Plymouth Park Campground, Washington (137 KM)

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Day Nineteen, Priest Rapids Recreation Area to Plymouth Park Campground.  We hurried through Washington on our way to the Zone of Totality to view the…

Day 20 – Our journey to the Zone of Totality! (211 KM)

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Day Twenty, Plymouth Park Campground, WA to The Zone of Totality (near Long Creek, Oregon).  Jon mapped us out a stealth way to get into…

Day 21 – Eclipse! and journey to Harriet Lake, Oregon (346 KM)

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Day Twenty One, Zone of Totality (near Long Creek, Oregon) to Lake Harriet, Mount Hood National Forest.  Well it finally arrived, the total eclipse of…

Day 22 – Lake Harriet in Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon (20 KM)

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Day Twenty Two, Lake Harriet in Mount Hood National Forest.  We decided to spend a day in the Mount Hood National Forest camping at Lake…

Day 23 – Harriet Lake to Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon (247 KM)

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Day Twenty Two, Lake Harriet in Mount Hood National Forest.  We decided to spend a day in the Mount Hood National Forest camping at Lake…

Day 24 – Rest day at Nehalem State Park (0 KM)

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Day Twenty Four, rest day in Nehelam State Park.  Got up and had breakfast and noticed we had a flat tire, so we went into…

Day 25 – Nehelam Bay to Portland, Oregon (150 KM)

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Day Twenty Five, Nehalem Bay State Park to Portland, Oregon.  On our way to our Airbnb for a couple of nights in Portland but we…

Day 26 – Portland

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Day Twenty Six, Portland, Oregon.  Spent the day checking out the sights in Portland and what a great city it is!  Lots to see and…

Day 27 – Portland to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California (537 KM)

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Day Twenty Seven, Portland, Oregon to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California.  Well we have finally hit California! After a long drive we had…

Day 28 – Del Norte to Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area (490 KM)

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Day Twenty Eight, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park to Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area.  After an extremely long day of driving, including a detour…

Day 29 – Colusa to Davis to Solano, California (100 KM)

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Day Twenty Nine, Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area to Davis to Solano River, California.  Got up early and drove into Davis and parked the car…

Day 30 – Solano to Napa, California (65.5 KM)

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Day Thirty, Solano River to Napa, California.  Got up real early so we could start at 6:30 and try to beat the heat. Rode to…

Day 31 – Napa to Samuel Taylor State Park (82.1 KM)

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Day Thirty One - Napa to Samuel Taylor State Park , California.  Another long day in the saddle as we transit 82 km to Samuel…

Day 32 – Samuel Taylor State Park to Marin Headlands Hostel (48 KM)

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Day Thirty Two - Samuel Taylor State Park to Marin headlands Hostel. We leave our new friends and head out for the Marin Headlands overlooking…

Day 33 – Marin Highlands to Half Moon Bay State Beach

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Day Thirty Two - Marin Highlands to Half Moon Bay State Beach We got up early as it was kind of brutal sleeping in a…

Day 34 – Half Moon Bay to Butano State Park

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Day Thirty Three - Half Moon Bay State Beach to Butano State Park Another early start as we head out for Butano State Park nestled…