Over the past year I’ve though more and more about human-powered travel. I have decided that it is something I’d like to do full-time. It’s green, it solves the problem of finding ways to exercise while traveling, and it enables slow, ground level travel, which I like very much.
Today I begin my first bike trip: 1000 kilometers from Vancouver B.C. to my hometown of Cranbrook B.C., during which I will cross three mountain passes. I hope to average about 100 km per day and, after a couple of days off, finish in about two weeks.
Everything that I will take with me in the picture above. I have one bicycle that I bought for $100 here in Vancouver because my last one was stolen, one trailer that I bought fror $150, a hammock tent and sleeping bag, clothes, my camera, and my computer. That’s it.
Below is a picture of the route that I will follow today (courtesy of Google Maps). I will take the West Coast Express leaving downtown Vancouver at 3:50 pm and arriving at Mission at 5:05 pm. It costs $11.25 plus $1 for my bicycle. It will knock about 50 km off the trip. After I arrive I plan to ride the remaining 80 km to Hope where I will camp for the night.
Tomorrow I hope to bike the 120 km from Hope to Merrit. I’ll let you know how that turns out when I arrive.