In the beginning....there were Google Maps

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Oct 01, 2014

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Monday, July 22, 2013

So, I've just asked Google Maps to plan me a route from Toronto to Vancouver by bicycle.....the response that came back said 'none available'. 
In imagined brackets it also said "Are you crazy lady?!"
The short answer is probably yes.
Entering route data for a car, Google tells me the distance is some 4367km (2713 miles) and would take 1 day, 16 hours, 21 minutes of non-stop driving. However, this was going via the USA. Basically what I am saying then, is that I have no idea what distance I will travel or how long it will take. 
 I'm assuming something close to the above approximate distance though, with an estimated time frame of 2-2.5 months. This is based on nothing scientific whatsoever, and doesn't allow for inclement weather, wind direction (I'm going against the ambient wind apparantly), hills/mountains, mechanical hitches, bears, cougars or just getting plain lost.

That aside, I am so excited. Canada is an unfathomably large land mass (to someone from the UK). It is beautiful, vast, wild, full if changing scenery and topography and to date, populated with some if the friendliest people I've ever met.

I can't wait to get on my bicycle and to start exploring. My Planned departure date is on or around Sunday 28th July. Most of the organising is now done and I'm keen to be underway. 
 I'll post my next entry just before I leave, but I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone, so keep those emails coming, will be thinking of you all.
(If you woiuld rather not be on the blog email list there is an unsubscribe option or just let me know)
Until then, and for interest, my trip itinerary is roughly as follows:...........Toronto to Tobermory via Cameron, Markdale, Owen Sound.Manatoulin Island, Espanola, Sault St Marie, Lake Superior.Thunder Bay to Winnipeg via Fort Frances and Kenora.South of the Trans Canada to Regina via Minnedosa and Virden, then on to Calgary via Moose jaw, Swift Current and Drumheller.Canmore, Lake Louise and across the Rockies by Kicking Horse pass and Rogers Pass before beginning the home straight through Kelowna, around the Okanaga Lakes to take the Manning Park route through the coast mountains to Hope.Finally following the Fraser river into Vancouver for a celebration :-)
Looks easy on paper! 
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Lyn Meikle on

Thinking of you and wishing you all the best for this crazy journey - if anyone can do it you can! lots of love xxxx

John Lambert on

Looking forward to following along - wishing you all the best for the first leg of the journey!

Mark G. on

Who needs Sat Nav!
Sounds like the most thrilling and exciting adventure.
Love every minute of it.
Can't wait to read your updates, it'll be like being in your panniers!
Enjoy it x

Kimmikins on

You go girl. Spartacus has nothing on you....! xx

Mum & Dad on

Glad we are able to follow your epic journey from the comfort of our arm chairs :-)
Have a great time and keep those photos coming. XX

Karen Eckersley on

Bonjour Lorraine,
We are you very much looking forwards to following your progress.
Bon voyage.
Lots of love
Karen and Francis

Rosalyn on

Hello!! you are def one adventurous lady!! sounds a bit scary with those bears and cougars but a lot of fun too!!

are you driving or are you still riding on your bike?
all the best ros x

cyclinginaskirt on

Thank you for your lovely message. Really looking forward to it although I'm really only doing it because it means I get to eat unlimited amounts of cake and ice cream :-)

Karen Eckersley on

Neat photo.
Recipes on the road too please.
Inventive recipes for tinned tomatoes and macaroni( or maybe not).

cyclinginaskirt on

Thank you, looking forward to keeping in touch. Hope the plumbing is holding up :-) xx

cyclinginaskirt on

Hehe, no matter what you add to macaroni there is nothing that makes it taste ok :-) but I promise to post colourful camping recipes for boiled nettle stew and/or directions to good coffee shops (with a bit of luck)! X

cyclinginaskirt on

Oh, it's you in my panniers is it, no wonder they are so heavy :-) and I just thought it was all the unnecessary junk I'd packed! Promise to let you out to stretch your legs once in a while x

cyclinginaskirt on

I may wish I was driving by the end of it.....but definitely starting (and hoping to finish it all) by bike.
Was sorry to miss the spy night out, it sounded fun. Hope you had a drink for me x

cyclinginaskirt on

Will think of you in your arm chairs....though I may never be able to sit down again! :-) x

cyclinginaskirt on

More Bagpuss than Spartacus I think ;-) x

sorbus on

Will be a doddle Lorraine. You'll spend evenings sitting around looking for triathlon or two. But bon chance and will be following you - thankfully from a Cretan beach. Rowan x

sorbus on

Will be a doddle Lorraine! You'll spend evenings looking for triathlons to occupy you. But, seriously, bon chance, bon voyage and all other bons. Keep blogs coming - will enjoy them from the comfort of a Cretan beach.

Jan and Pete on

Go, go go!!! So envious of your spirit and determination - if anyone can do it, you can - just watch our for the 'cougars'!!!

Much love and safe, happy journey my friend.

Tina,Mike,Joshua & Nicholas Krans on

It was so nice to meet you! We're so happy to have been part of your incredible journey! I hope that you didn't get caught in the rain today and are feeling well. Take care!

Sonia on

Well done Lorraine, if you had just waited a bit longer I would have come with you (Mum laughing in background).

sonya cavanagh on

Wishing you amazing safe travels amazing Lorraine !!

Claire in Winnipeg :) on

You are so great!!! You are enjoying your own life.

When I visit Vancouver, we can meet again.

Hopefully, have a good trip with your bicycle and always be in safe.

See you again~~~

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