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How it all began

...or how I spent last summer

This is my first try at a blog, and I'm learning as I go! Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up to date so that you can check out what we've been up to.

So last summer as you might know, I joined up with the Otesha project (www.otesha.ca) East Coast Tour. We travelled around the southern parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, performing a play and putting on workshops to inspire people to create local and global change through their everyday consumer choices. I love theatre, I love community living, and I love amazing people, so this was the opportunity of a lifetime! If you EVER get the chance to help someone join Otesha or do one of the tours yourself, I highly recommend it. The only thing was, I kept feeling like I wanted more time to take pictures... explore the towns we were in, and see more of my country.

After Otesha, I kept thinking about biking across Canada, something I never would have had the confidence for before the tour, but also something I had been thinking about for a few years - ever since Brennan and I had talked about biking across the country and doing presentations about species at risk! I chatting with Mary Anne (from Otesha) one day online and when I asked her what her summer plans were, she mentioned biking across Canada! After a few weeks wondering whether we were crazy, and finding out if we could actually afford the time, we made it official! Our trip will take us from Vancouver to Halifax in three months. Right now I'm still looking for a few more things like clothes and camping gear and tarps, and places to stay along the way (we will be camping, but are looking for roofs to stay under as much as possible).

I've never planned a trip like this before, and I am having so much fun. I can't wait to visit friends in Victoria and Vancouver, see sand sculptures, visit hot springs, finally see the prairies, and climb many, many mountains!

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Mary Anne and I hide under a gazebo with other Oteshaites when hail hit during our first day in Otesha... July 1.

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Mary Anne in Miramichi with the trailer we shared through 95 km and a headwind...

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On my way to Sussex with the trailer!

Posted by Ericabikes 16:43 Archived in Canada Tagged bicycle

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