That’s a wrap: Preparations, food & shelter

After visiting British Columbia and Alberta for the first time this past winter, I knew I had to go back to see Western Canada in the summer. But, I didn’t want to use a car (like everyone else) – I wanted to ride my trusty bicycle. It sounds a bit crazy, but I think that…

Part 2: Thompson Okanagan (Day 19 – Day 35)

Although I was sad to leave The Rockies, I was thrilled that we would be pedaling towards warmer weather (maybe a bit too warm). Our goal was to get to Kelowna, but in order to do so we would have to head down Highway 5 South towards Kamloops first.  Now that we were out of…

Part 1: Canadian Rockies (Day 1 – Day 18)

We started our adventure in Calgary, where we were fortunate to have a place to stay and assemble our bikes together. There was still a lot to do: pick up more food, put together the front rack, organize all the bags….calm our nerves? I would be lying if I didn’t say we were nervous, after…

Chapter 6C: Winnipeg, Manitoba

We finally made it to Winnipeg. This would be my last stop, at least for now. These past 6 months of training and touring have gone faster than I expected and I’m still struggling to find words to describe my experience. So while I think about that, let’s take a look at the shenanigans we got…

Chapter 6B: Brandon, Manitoba

We arrived in Brandon, Manitoba on a beautiful day full of sunshine. While we were all smiles about the warmer weather, the spring run-off had actually caused the Assiniboine River to flood. Street lamps that were part of a walking trail were almost completely submerged under water. However, despite the severity of the flooding, the…

Chapter 6A: Cranberry Portage, Manitoba

So remember that great weather we were having in Yorkton? Well, that all disappeared when we headed to Cranberry Portage, Manitoba. Instead of sunshine, we were greeted with (you guessed it)…. snow! Although I suppose it shouldn’t have been that surprising as it was a five hour drive up north from Yorkton. However, our team…

Chapter 5B: Yorkton, Saskatchewan

We were welcomed to Yorkton, Saskatchewan with a horse drawn carriage ride and a (much anticipated) bonfire. Despite its small size, the city was certainly not short of hospitality. We really got a chance to  sit down and get to know Wayne, the main science contact as well as Cindy, the math coach through all…

Chapter 5A: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In a blink of an eye, we arrived in Saskatoon and prepared for the big science festival launch at the Western Development Museum. Here, we showcased one of our most popular exhibits: The Mystery Tube. We got a fantastic response from the crowd which was a mix of middle school students, media and science outreach groups.…