Cycling the Americas: Journal

Here you will find our journals and photos about our trip.  We try to update every week or two, but sometimes Internet access is hard to find.  Hope that you enjoy...and of you have any questions feel free to contact us.

1) Warm-ups and preparations (March - April, 2012)

Some stories and pictures from the weeks leading up to our departure.

2) First Leg: Toronto - Chicago (April 23 - May 10, 2012)

Total distance travelled: 1140 km

The first leg of our trip was meant as a warm up ride to catch our flight in Chicago, but we had all sorts of adventures and rode through some pretty beautiful country.  We also met a lot of very kind folks along the way.

Total Distance travelled: 2,600 km

Riding through Alaska, the Yukon, and British Columbia remains one of the highlights of our trip thus far.  So much wide open space and natural beauty... It really felt like a cyclists paradise.   But this leg was not without it's challenges, food stores were few and far between, Glenn hurt his knee pretty badly and also rode 900 km on a duck taped tire!  

4) Third Leg: Vancouver Island (July 7 - July 13, 2012)

Total distance travelled: 613 km

A short but sweet leg.  We met up with a bunch of awesome family members and finished it off with  a good rest at Ali's aunts cabin.

5) Fourth Leg: USA Pacific West Coast (July 17 - August 30, 2012)

Total distance travelled: 2,850 km

On this much travelled cycling  (and driving) route we met a lot of other awesome cyclists.  We were treated to day after day of gorgeous coastal riding, and encountered some of the steepest hills we had seen yet.  It was especially interesting to watch, and experience, the changing vegetation and climates as we pedaled further south.

6) Fifth Leg: Baja Peninsula, Mexico (September 1, 2012 - Sept 25, 2012)

Total distance travelled:  apx 1,600 km

A lot of heat, mountains and desert defined this leg of the journey.  But, mainly it was heat that we will remember, the most extreme that we have every cycled in. 

7) Sixth Leg: Mainland Mexico (September 28 - November 9,2012)

Total Distance Travelled: 2,300 km

Lush forests, mountains and so much good fresh food.... Plus incredibly kind people and hospitality.  Mainland Mexico, so far was a joy to bike through.  We would gladly return!

8) Seventh Leg: Guatemala (November 10 - 28, 2012)

Total Distance Travelled: 595 km

Steep hills, rough roads, volcanoes, beauty, kindness.  Oh boy, Guatemala was a trip to ride through.  Should have taken a mountain bike though....

9) Eighth Leg: Honduras and Nicaragua (November 29 - December 29, 2012)

Total Distance Travelled: 1244 km

Honduras is ingrained in our memory as some of the best cycling we have encountered., with its kind people, beautiful mountain country, and many hot springs... It was a definite highlight of the trip.  in Nicaragua we returned to sea level, and the temps that go with that, but the vibrancy and beauty of this country made up for the heat!

10) Ninth Leg: Costa Rica and Panama (December 30 - January 16, 2013)

Total Distance travelled: 1171 km

We raced through these countries, following the most direct route possible. Costa Rica charmed us with its endless beauty and wildlife.  Probably what we will remember most about this leg was staying at many fire stations in Panama!

11) Tenth Leg: The Darien Gap (January 17 - January 27, 2013) 

Total Distance travelled by Bicycle:  ~ 100 km 
Total Distance travelled by Boat: A whole lot ! 

Because of lack of roads and military blocks we were forced to take a few boats around the infamous Darien Gap - a section of dense Jungle that separates Central and South America.  our boat journey had no shortage of excitement - lost passports, machine gunfire and sleeping in giant tires were just a few of the adventures!

12) Eleventh Leg: Colombia and Ecuador - Part 1  (January 28 - March 4, 2013)

Total Distance travelled: 960 km

It was an incredible beginning to our South American meanderings.  From the port city of Buenaventura to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, the landscape changed drastically and our climbing muscles were put to the test! 

13)  The Pause: Heart Surgery and a Wedding in Canada   (March 5 - June 5, 2013)

Total distance travelled: ~1000 km (despite the circumstances, somehow we managed to get it some cycling it seems!) 

On March 5, 2012 after hearing word that my father had  been rushed to hospital, I rushed back to Canada. A couple weeks later, Glenn was still in Quito and we realized that my family would need more support.  So a glenn flew back as well ,and we decided to stay in Canada until just after my sisters Wedding.  It was a roller coaster few months, and despite the hard times it was really good to reconnect with family and friends.  But most of all it was nice to go back to our trip knowing that my dads health was improving and my sister had an awesome wedding!

14)  Eleventh Leg: Columbia and Ecuador - Part 2  (June 6 - July 5, 2013)

Total Distance travelled: 1043 km

Finally that time came to get back on the road, and complete our journey through Ecuador.  We chose to take the Amazon route, and it was incredible! 

15)  Twelfth Leg: Peru (July 6 - October 3, 2013) 

Total distance travelled: 3278 km

Oh Peru, it will be hard to forget you.  Giant mountains, gastrointestinal disasters, and some of the most beautiful cycling yet.  We spent almost three months in this vast land, alternating between the mountains and the coast.  It was incredible to the diversity in the ecosystem.