Magic and Madness. Or something in between.

Prince Rupert in August is a fair bit more pleasant than Prince Rupert in December. For a town that get’s 229 rainy days a year it was surprisingly sunny, and I got to catch up with Ben & Kerem! Whom I met as they were riding down Vancouver Island last December as I was heading north.…

Downhill to Alaska! (and uphill out)

It is all downhill into Alaska. Just before crossing the border I had met the fox. And even luckier, I met Mason.  Who just happened to be up there taking photo’s, not necessarily of me & foxes (although he has some absolutely stunning ones of this fox!) But mostly of crazy skidoo & ski antics.…

The Spell of the Yukon

That’s how this famous poem from Robert Service, an Englishman who moved out to the Klondike after the gold rush years, starts. Now I wanted gold too, but of a different kind. And far more easy to find here in Dawson City. Especially under Dori’s guidance. Dori had invited me to come and stay at her…

The Dempster Delights

The Dempster Highway, Canada’s only all-weather road to cross the Arctic circle, was officially opened in 1979. That same year, in the Netherlands, a girl was born and decided to go cycle that road in winter one day. Oh hold on…. That plan didn’t develop until about a month ago. Still, being the same age as a…

Winter is coming

I was thinking how funny it is I went to Iceland to ride the ring road in winter and allowed myself 3 months. Where in Canada I’ve given myself a month to ride a distance that’s nearly twice as long (but only a fraction of the country) I’ve been in search of winter. A cold clear wintery…

Riding up a storm

I have been floating around Vancouver Island and the Vancouver area wondering what my next move would be for a little while. Not that I wasn’t having a great time meeting some wonderful people.. I did! Rolling down the road I noticed two loaded touring bikes right ahead of me. Kerem and Ben had just left their home 5…

Island Life

Just about every person I’ve met lately has warned me that this is not the right time of year to be cycling on Vancouver Island.It seemed pretty right to me though! Sure it got a bit wet at times, but if that’s what you’re expecting and prepare for then it doesn’t seem too bad. And if…