Day 152 – Montreal River to Bruce Mines

The first 45km or so today weren’t that great. My legs felt completely empty and apparently did not want to have anything to do with cycling 100 miles. Nevertheless, things improved after that. I wasn’t originally planning to stop there but given my lack of energy I figured it was a good idea. Luckily it... Continue Reading →

Day 149 – Thunder Bay to Schreiber

Having spent more time stretching and working on my knee last night than any other day, I was a tad frustrated this morning to find it the most painful it’s been for the last three weeks. I’m not sure why that was the case and I'm now slightly apprehensive about doing anything with it tonight.... Continue Reading →

Day 148 – Grand Marais to Thunder Bay

I didn’t get loads of sleep last night (surprise surprise) so I wasn’t feeling overly fresh when I woke up this morning. It’s been another shorter day, but unlike yesterday, it didn’t really feel it. I lost an hour as I crossed over into Canada so I guess that didn’t help. The weather today was... Continue Reading →

Day 145 – Bemidji to Grand Rapids

Today has been another uneventful day. The scenery has become a fair bit more interesting but still wasn’t anything that exciting. I’m struggling to think of anything to write about this evening. Whilst a boring day is better than having a spoke break - or something else along those lines, it does make writing a... Continue Reading →

Day 144 – Grand Forks to Bemidji

Once again, I woke up this morning feeling more tired than when I had gone to sleep. I actually fell asleep again for about half an hour after eating breakfast (not deliberately). Much like yesterday, I felt a lot better once riding; although this didn’t happen until a fair bit later than I had planned.... Continue Reading →

Day 142 – Minot to Devils Lake

Today was the first rain I’ve had in America.. I think it was anyway, the last couple of weeks are beginning to blur together but it was the first time I’ve needed a jacket. Now although I am now out of the 40 degree heat, today still wasn’t cold and I found myself facing a... Continue Reading →

Day 141 – Williston to Minot

Ok it's another late night so this has to be another quick update.. Today is the 4th of July and I had been slightly apprehensive about whether that would make things harder; but instead the opposite happened. The roads were almost empty all day, so riding on the main road wasn't actually that bad. The... Continue Reading →

Day 140 – Glendive to Williston

Today has been a bit dull. To be honest I’m not overly upset about that given yesterday’s events but it does mean that this will be a short update. I also lost another hour today so it is already rather late. Unlike last time, I knew the clocks would change as I crossed the state... Continue Reading →

Day 139 – Forsyth to Glendive

Today has not been a good one. It’s annoying that despite 3 fairly straightforward days, I’m instantly on the back foot again after just one bad day. I’m not going to get much sleep tonight, and quite frankly I don’t really want to dwell on the details of today too much so this probably won’t... Continue Reading →

Day 138 – Roundup to Forsyth

Today didn’t really hold much of anything. It has been another early finish but that is almost entirely down to the fact that there was nothing to stop for. Apart from a few clusters of deserted buildings I didn’t pass anything. There was a lot of low-lying cloud today so mercifully, the temperature didn’t reach... Continue Reading →

Day 136 – Helena to White Sulphur Springs

A shorter ride today… It’s amazing how much difference 25 miles can make. I finished not long after 2 o’clock this afternoon so I’ve actually spent more time doing nothing than I have riding today. Over the course of this trip, I have discovered that I’m actually quite talented when it comes to resting, so... Continue Reading →

Day 135 – Missoula to Helena

Today was another hard day in the saddle, and the first 90 miles or so were not that enjoyable. The road headed gradually uphill for the majority and the wind wasn’t exactly making it easy. Once again the heat was pretty draining. I have come to the conclusion that 40 degrees is more or less... Continue Reading →

Day 132 – Colfax to Priest River

I’m sorry but this has to be really short. I managed to get an 8 hour sleep last night and I’d really like that to happen again. Today was similar to yesterday - stunning scenery (until Spokane which came after about 60 miles) and still very hot. Other than that, hitting 13,500 miles total is... Continue Reading →

Day 131 – Othello to Colfax

I spent today riding through the Palouse region - a rather large agricultural portion of the country that provided some stunning scenery. Wheat fields and rolling hills combined with the complete lack of civilisation made for some very surreal riding. Despite this, I really struggled to get comfortable on the bike this morning and it... Continue Reading →

Day 130 – Rimrock Lake to Othello

As per, I’ve left this far too late so I need to be fairly brief.. The majority of the first 50 miles were slightly down hill so it was relatively easy going. The scenery started where yesterday left off, but after not very long, the pine trees ended very abruptly and were replaced by not... Continue Reading →

Day 128 – Newberg to Castle Rock

So it turns out I wasn't being totally incompetent when trying to fix my wheel yesterday. The rim had actually spilt so there wasn't much I could do (although that's probably something I probably should have noticed). This means I now have a new wheel.... I owe a huge thank you to Kyle  and Showers Pass... Continue Reading →

Day 127 – Newport to Newberg

Today did not go quite as well as I'd hoped. The weather was good and it was set to be the flattest day I've had this week, so it should have been fairly straightforward. To be fair, the weather was stunning, and I have decided that Oregon - for the most part - is a... Continue Reading →

Day 126 – Coos Bay to Newport

Today was the first day I haven't woken up up to thick clouds and the weather throughout the ride was actually rather stunning.   It still wasn't that warm but it made a nice change. Despite the weather being so dull for the last five days, my face has actually gone a bit red so... Continue Reading →

Day 125 – Brookings to Coos Bay

Today was actually very similar to yesterday (apart from the wind direction), so to save some time, I'm not going to bother describing the ride... If you feel like you've been short-changed, perhaps read yesterday's update again. I do however have some advice for any men planning a cycling trip with a woman... Today I... Continue Reading →

Day 124 – Arcata to Brookings

I’ve now left California - the not-so-golden, Golden State - and entered Oregon. Unfortunately I think the weather looks set to stay the same. Today was a bit weird on that front, it kept changing between dense fog and completely cloudless skies, there wasn’t really any in between. Thankfully the wind was actually behind me... Continue Reading →

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