Cycling Canada usually means cycling from the west coast to the east coast, because of the prevailing winds blowing from the west. Of course we did not know this (we don’t prepare that well I guess :-)), when we headed out towards the west. But the winds have been good to us so far, we’ve had a lot of tailwinds coming from the east, so it doesn’t really make a big difference which way one goes.
At White River, Winnie de Pooh’s birthplace
Cycling to the west also entails meeting a lot of cyclists going east and when we all of a sudden met 2 other guys going west, it was kinda special. We cycled and camped together for a few days and we were the posse, the Cycling Cowboys, the pioneers going west! Hee ha!
The Cycling Cowboys: Dave, Tim, Elske & Bauke
Waiting for road construction…
Where are we going??
We like Canada. The landscape in Ontario looks like Scandinavia and made us feel at home. Manitoba and Saskatchewan gave us the flat lands and prairies with wheat, oats, flax and canola everywhere.
A few hills in Ontario
People are extremely friendly and open here, we’ve stayed again at amazing Warmshowers hosts and were invited to stay at our new friend James’ house for as long as we wanted. The hospitality is quite generous, but not only from Canadians, we met a Dutch family too with whom we shared a campsite site for a night. And we visited a Pow Wow, an Indian dance and music festival, where we met some great people.
With James enjoying a good Canadian beer
The Dutch IJsselstein family
Sharing a home-brewed beer with Warmshowers hosts in Sault Ste. Marie
Breakfast at Warmshowers hosts Pat and Howard in Jansen, Saskatchewan
Warmshowers hosts Kip and Karen in Saskatoon with their solar outdoor oven!
Pow Wow at Waywayseecappo
We also came across two great bicycle shops, Velorution in Sault St. Marie and Natural Cycle in Winnipeg. Velorution also offers free camping for cyclists, how great is that?!
Velorution in Sault Ste. Marie
Natural Cycle in Winnipeg
We are in Saskatoon right now, in the middle of Canada. The next goal is Edmonton and then the Rocky Mountains. We have a few months left before the first snow arrives. We can’t wait!
Elske’s sister Yoka and her daughter Julia, with whom (and Dave of course) we spent a wonderful Summer in Chicago! (I forgot to mention that in my last post… :-))