We are Angelo, Ally and Olmo, three Italian Scots planning to cycle from Halifax to Vancouver over the Summer. This dream of ours has been in the pipeline for five years, and two years ago we began in earnest to tackle all the logistics involved, well, those we could think of. It is our intention to take time to experience Canada not just cycle through it, therefore we are aiming at averaging 60/70 miles per day and take time to appreciate the beauty of the country. For this reason we decided to cycle East to West, to be able to take in, many days before we can actually be there, the magic of the Rockies – like the thousand of settlers who made the journey in the nineteenth century having followed the Great Lakes shoreline and crossed the Plains before.
It would have been almost perfect if we could have started from Newfoundland, but the cost of flying to St. John’s put paid to that idea.What we will do instead, if we can keep to the schedule we’ve given ourselves, is pay a visit to Prince Rupert Island and Haida Gwaii, then the inside passage to Port Hardy, before the final push to Victoria and the big “km O” sign, which will warrant a photo of course.
It is all real now. What few months ago was still a future plan now has become real, with everything that goes with that realisation: packing and repacking, checking and rechecking the weight of panniers and trailers, bookings, credit cards and pre-paid cards to be sorted out, and oh my! the travel insurance doesn’t cover the bikes, that must be sorted out soon. So many sleepless nights. Another one coming perhaps. Better try to relax, it’s only one week and then it will all be forgotten, it’ll be just us, the bikes and Canada.
We are raising money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, to make children’s time in hospital better. See Olmo’s Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/olmo-McPake