In our eighth episode we have 2 very special guests…Leah’s parents! Debra and Robert tell us what it was like joining Leah on her ride through some of Ontario’s toughest roads, including a very unique moose encounter. Oh, and Leah is halfway done!
In our 7th episode Leah tells us how she spent Canada Day with Mike Ranta, a man (and his dog) paddling across Canada in a canoe! Leah also talks about what its been like meeting other cyclists on the road and how she feels about being a month into her ride.
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Next in Leah’s Great Canadian Adventure….Leah spends her birthday in Winnipeg during Aboriginal Day, her route gets washed out 🙁 , and she’s finally in her home province of Ontario!
Thursday Leah was interviewed on Montreal radio station CJAD. You can hear the interview in its entirety below!
From Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Leah finally answers everyone’s favorite question, “Why are you riding across Canada?” Leah also talks about her inspirations behind the ride including Terry Fox and her previous cycling experiences with AIDS/LifeCycle and Team In Training.
In Episode #3, Leah’s adventure continues with her riding over Rogers Pass in BC, waving good-bye to BC and hello to Alberta, a water angel and her first road surprise!
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This morning I was greeted by a bald eagle, perched on a tree before flying by – my first encounter with the local wildlife! After leaving Snow Creek Campground I was met with a nice long downhill to start the day. That, combined with beautiful weather, was a great beginning! I saw my first bear of the trip, too! Sadly I could not take a photo before she ran off, but it was pretty perfect; She was sniffing around on top of a large rock about three stories above the road. So cool. Two moderate hills aside, it was mostly cruising all the way to Port Alberni where I stopped for lunch, a massive and delicious tuna burger at Pescadores Bistro in Port Alberni (so good!!!!!!!) and when I left I realized I had a nice sharp hill in front of me… on a very full stomach. After a quick visit to the Visitor’s Centre I started climbing for what seemed like forever but it really wasn’t, maybe 3km or so. I call it “Rockies Training”. Once the 300 m of climbing was over I was rewarded with a nice, long descent into Macmillan Provincial Park. With old douglas firs lined with moss as far as the eye can see, it is impossible not to be in awe. I took advantage of their nature trails, snapped a few pics, and continued on. Grabbed some ice cream at Whiskey Creek and began to notice a funny trend: Chatsworth Ave., Melrose Rd., Burbank Rd… Methinks someone here had an affinity for California. I rolled into Coombs Country Campground and because they are empty except for one other family, they let me crash here for free!! No complaints here! All in all a great day.
One quick thing to note: I know it’s always hard to trust directions, but it’s hilarious when you realize how wrong people are, regardless of how well-intentioned they may be. A kind woman warned me about an upcoming hill: “I see people having to walk their bikes up it all the time.” I didn’t have to get out of my big chain ring to climb it.
Conditions were more of the same as yesterday; well-paved roads, not too wide shoulders but usually enough, generous traffic.
Distance: 45 miles / 72 km
Climbing: Approx 3700 ft / 1,127 m
I still can’t believe this is actually happening, yet here I sit in my tent, listening to the rushing river outside, the wind rustling the leaves on the trees, breathing the clean air of Beautiful British Columbia. The people I’ve been meeting have been incredibly encouraging and kind, and the drivers have been sure to give me plenty of room.
The day began with the traditional dipping of the tire in the ocean and from there my adventure began. A decent amount of climbing today, and I rode more than I’d planned due to us starting in Tofino rather than Long Beach. Leave it to me to begin by heading in the wrong direction! Coming back to the road from the beach I got turned around – Jacob had to chase me down! Ha!
My campsite is off a very gravelly road – I had to walk my bike to get here – and there are zero services, but it’s free! I boil my water from the river and I go to the bathroom in the woods. My food bag is hung high and the bear spray is near my pillow.
The roads are in good condition and the shoulders come and go, but are never wide. Drivers have been very mindful, however. The only car who could’ve given me more space was from Ontario! Important note: After the Alberni junction (approx. 20 miles from Tofino) there are NO services. Make sure to buy any needed supplies there or you’ll have to wait until Port Alberni.
Distance: 51 miles / 82 km
Climbing: 3128 ft / 953 m