A bike is like a pair of shoes

Going around my place before leaving for that long wasn’t a bad idea. I was able to fill my mind with imagery from my nation before confronting the solitude in the unknown of the American continent. More technically, it was the occasion to train and to test my equipment. A bike is like a pair of shoes: you have to break it when it’s new to make it comfortable. Often, defects show up in the first thousand kilometers. Apparently I wasn’t out of that when my paddle system broke down between Chambord and La Tuque, while my bike meter was showing 970 km. Better to happen here than in the tundra!  Continue reading

Cartographical Sunday

I was pretty quiet last Sunday and I found a website to create bike itinerary, bikemap.net. “Super”, that I said, “and luckily it’s 2012”. Never I would have seen that in 2055 when I crossed Canada. So I did that itinerary (look here) and I can now prove that the Prairies are not that flat! This website is so well done that it makes you avoid the big highways when you draw your itinerary and once it is done, it generates a graph showing the elevation curve of the way you take.

So I was curious about what is waiting me ahead, and to frighten me a bit I traced what will probably undertake CycloExpedition Americas in the next months. Here are the results, on 7 maps, because this website even allows to import the maps on a external website!

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