Rocky Mountain Headwind: Touring the Icefields Parkway

A year ago, Taylor and I returned from our big bike tour extravaganza from Vernon, BC, to Monterey, CA. You know, the one that showed us that it all, in fact, goes, boys. To commemorate, I have decided to recount the only bike tour I managed to go on this summer – on my own,…

Golden Ultra 60K: One Big Hill

I did it again. I stood at the start line of an ultra without having had my cup of morning coffee. It was the second leg of the Golden Ultra, aptly named Sweat. Just shy of 60 kilometres, out and back via the Moonraker trail network, with roughly 2,400 meters worth of steep ascent to…

Skis in the Thicket: A September Attempt

Mountains are among our greatest teachers. As such, no day spent among them is ever a waste. Even when a plan doesn’t fully unfold, a mission remains unaccomplished, and a goal isn’t reached, it is still worth it. For failure is one of the most valuable lessons to be taken away from the teachings of…

Crevasses and Gambling: August Turns on the Columbia Icefield

What do you call it when you decide to go on a glaciated mission to hunt for August corn skiing with two guys you’ve never actually met face to face before? A gamble, to say the least. Social media is puzzling. Its influence on our daily lives goes way beyond anything we could have ever…

Black Spur 54K: A First Caffeine-Free Ultra

To do something on a whim. The above expression perfectly describes my rationale, or lack thereof, behind running my first ultra a week and a half ago. Of course I’ve been spending a lot of time out on trails and in the mountains, preparing for the Golden Ultra, happening September 23rd. But, that’s just so…

Hibernation: Objectivity Doesn’t Matter to our Feelings

This was not easy to publish, let alone to write. I am not someone who’s comfortable explaining my feelings – spoken or written. Furthermore, divulging something so personal about myself exposes me as a person. Judgement from others is scary. Also, I do not want to give off the impression that I am looking for…

It Goes, Boys: An Adventure in Numbers

On this Christmas Day, it seems fitting to reminisce a little about Taylor’s and my two-wheeled adventure as roughly two months have passed since we made it back home. Granted, not a day passes that I don’t think about this most amazing trip of my life and what it has taught me. However, I have…

It Goes, Boys: It All Comes to an End (Days 44-48)

We are back in Canada. Back home. Our epic adventure has come to an end. However, it is not truly ‘over;’ the memories and experiences we’ve made have become a part of who we are as individuals. They have shaped our character and our view of the world. They have inspired and amazed us. They…

It Goes, Boys: The City by the Bay (Days 40-43)

We’ve been enjoying our time here in San Francisco. This city has so much to offer that we barely scratched the surface of what one can do here during our four-day stay. We mostly commuted by bus. It felt extremely weird to use a motorized form of transportation again after all this time getting from…

It Goes, Boys: Hola, Frisco! (Days 37-39)

Taylor and I finally made it to San Francisco! It took us 39 days (with 4 rest days thrown in here and there) and 2,548km to get here. We pedalled non-stop for roughly 140 hours; that’s almost six days of straight biking. We are so incredibly proud to have made it here in our own…

It Goes, Boys: Back at Sea (Days 33-36)

We are getting closer and closer to San Francisco. Now travelling on California Route 1, we have left the highway that has been our constant companion since the Olympic Peninsula. We have also left the big trees behind us and have regained a coast that is, in its vegetation, most unrecognizable from the one we…

It Goes, Boys: Flats and Trees (Days 29-32)

This first section of California has been rimmed by mighty coastal redwoods – the tallest trees in the world. Our lives pale in comparison to their grandeur and old age – to them, we must be like ants are to baby christmas trees. Day 29: Rest Day in Crescent City Herbie, Laura, Jackie, and Dave…