Saturday, 19 March 2011

a map of Canada


http://www.tctrail.ca/tlocator/tlocator_en.html

this map shows the Trans-Canada Trails, however we will try to travel West to East without venturing to far North into Alberta and surely not Yukon or Northwest Territories! Not that these provinces wouldn't be worth visiting....but we feel that going W to E is enough of a challenge as it is!
We hope to be able to post a map on which we can mark or progress so stay tuned....

Friday, 18 March 2011

Back in Canada

We arrived in Ottawa on March 12.
Having enjoyed 2 seasons of summer (first in Turkey, sailing from Alanya to the Black Sea and back April 2010 - October 2010, followed by traveling for 4 months in Southern Africa, Oct 2010 to Feb 2011) it took some getting used to the cold temperatures here in Ottawa! Minus 10 C is not so bad in absolute terms, but the change from 35 C in Cape Town was a bit of a shock.
Daughter Kim picked us up and we spent a day with her and hubby Sebastien before, in turn, we drove them to the airport for a well-deserved vacation in Cancun, Mexico. We have been in touch with some of our friends from our Canada days and have run into Canadians who are interested in our plans.

Next on the bucket list is the cycling across Canada, from West to East. On March 30 we will leave Ottawa for Vicoria, on Vancouver Island, to meet up with son Lars and his girlfriend Sharon and start preparing, read buying bikes and getting into shape.
Expected departure date is May 1, by which time the roads across the Rocky Mountains should be at least free of snow. We intend to cover an average of at least 50 km per day, which should put us near Halifax in about four months. If we can do better, we will. Today we met someone advocating recumbent bikes, which are quicker and are easier on back and bum. They are also much more expensive, so we need to see if we can get a trial ride and if there are used bikes available in Victoria.

It will be easier to maintain this blog than the cumbersome website http://www.stuurop.ch/ where we have been writing for the past 7.5 years, detailing our adventures on our sailing yacht Octopus I. More later...