Canada vs Russia: A Short List of Favourite Hockey Memories

As the Canada-Russia World Junior Gold Medal game is about to get underway, I am reminded of some great battles between these two hockey rich countries. There have been so many memorable games between these two teams since the Canadian pros first played the USSR in the storied 1972 Summit Series. Here are a few…

2014: A VeloTramp Year in Review

I feel like I have been 47 years old for more than a year already but that number has been reached just today. It was at least October of 2013, since I first started referring to my upcoming January 2014 birthday as my 47th. I was months into the year still asking myself how old…

At Trail's End

Bittersweet was the day I rode out from Ingonish and it was both bitter and sweet for precisely the same reason. The journey was nearing an end. It would be great to complete it but at the same time there was an emptiness that I find often accompanies such times and, of course, that nagging…

North Mountain

The day after French Mountain was a pitiful day of weather. There was a stiff north westerly that brought a cold hard rain. A perfectly miserable day to get back on the bike. So I didn't. On the advice of many Facebook friends, not that I needed a great deal of encouragement, I checked in…

French Mountain

I ate breakfast at Evangeline's in Cheticamp. It was already beyond mid morning when I sat down in the popular, slow serving diner. I was slow getting ready in the morning. I was already sick of setting up and breaking down my camp. Too many moving parts. It was a tiresome chore and on this…

A Night in a Barn at the Auld Farm Inn

I once slept in a storage closet on a train in Vietnam. I once slept on a park bench in Mokpo, Korea. Now I have the pleasure of adding a barn to my list of unusual places I've sleep. The occasion arose on Thursday after I completed a ride from Iona to Baddeck. It was…

Day 2: Iona to Baddeck

The 2nd day after the restart was another day of good riding. I started out along route 223 from just outside of Iona and then onto the Trans Canada Highway toward Baddeck. Despite the grey, featureless skies, the ride on 223 was gorgeous. Once again, trees awash in brilliant reds and oranges were the main…

A Day On the Road

Yesterday the journey restarted from Sydney riding southwest on route 223 into a headwind with gusts that reached 50k per hour. Despite the wind, I was able to make good time ending the day just a little past Iona. The tree lined road was awash in fall colors with the trees occassionally giving way to…