Bike Touring : Some Life Tips

To kickstart the new year with you, here’s an infographic I’ve hammered out.

Below the infographic starts off with predictable advice from two cyclists bumping along roads and pathways over the past 25 years.  Humbling lessons learned from kilometres dragging our butts and gear at home and beyond.  Lessons for any life journey –liberating, difficult and astounding, yet all necessary.

Over 90% of our bike trips either solo or together, are on our own — our own routes gleaned from maps and accidental detours on pavement.  We have only cycled with fellow cyclists in less than 10 trips.  Yes, maybe we are introverted or just want the freedom to carve our own impromptu stops, restaurant selections and discover the unknown on the off-beaten path.

Enjoy!  Share some weird  or intriguing moments with us, no matter how you travel.

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  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    It looks like many cycling adventures you’ve had over the years, Jean. The bee sting one sounded painful but great you got back up the next day 😊 I also like the point of not rushing. As you said, you get yo enjoy the scenery but also you can pace yourself – not too fast at the start and you wont burn out too soon. That’s how I feel about walking long distance. Pace yourself, have the right gear and enjoy 😊

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    1. Jean says:

      Happy New Year, Mabel!
      Bee somehow managed to fly in between my sunglasses and face, as I was cycling! So I flung off the horrible bee with 1 hand,while other hand hung onto the bike handlebar as I was cycling along. Thankfully the road was quiet on Sunday. I was panicking as I shrieked to Jack ahead of me to stop cycling. Next day, my bitten eye area, swelled twice in puffiness. So puffy that I could barely see out of the eye.

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      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        From how you described it, it sounded so scary for that bee to come at you the way it did 😦 It must have been painful at the moment the bee stung you.

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        1. Jean says:

          The location of the sting was more troubling. The sting was like a big mosquito. It was the next day when my eye area swelled up to a point where I could barely see out of the eye.

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  2. Sartenada says:

    Hello Jean. Happy 2018.

    Wow. I appreciate your tips. My wife and I are summer bikers and we do not make long trips. What about winter biking in Your country? In Finland, it is natural although we have cold and snow. People are used to bike in winter. My newest post verify it. Thank You for this post.

    Have a good day!

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    1. Jean says:

      In some of the big cities with a lot more snow and winter temperatures even down to -20 degrees C, there are some cyclists. Not as many as in non-snow weather.

      It depends on the snow, ie. in Calgary, Alberta the snow is not as slushy and does melt, dry up faster because the air in prairies is drier. So one might be able to squeeze in a few days of short utilitarian bike rides in winter which is what I do for shopping, work, etc.

      There are a few people who ride studded bike tires or fat tire bikes. But not many. Canada is still car oriented. It’s quite obvious in winter. Oulu is known to Calgary cyclists. How cold are winters in that city? Our winters are at least -15 to -30 degrees C. For latter, we do get several days of deep cold every winter. We think Oulu cyclists there are tough. There was an international winter cycling conference there. I’ll be looking at your post later this wk…after I get to some art work today.

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  3. You are right Jean… These are great tips for life! Although you know that I LOVE to watch professional cycling, I’m not a cyclist myself, so I live vicariously through you. And I really, really need to make it up to Canada for some touring! Happy New Year!

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    1. Jean says:

      Feel free to email me for Canadian destination/route advice, AGMG. Best wishes for safe travels and good health in 2018!

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  4. Jessica says:

    What a great way to consolidate and illustrate some very good life and cycling tips. It’s too cold to ride here this time of year. I’m missing it!

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    1. Jean says:

      No doubt you will jump onto your bike soon, Jessica. If you’re up to it, Piktochart offers a handful of free infographic templates to customize. 😉

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      1. Jessica says:

        Oh, cool! Thanks for the tip. I’ll check it out! 🙂

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  5. That piktochart was so cute and comprehensive! Happy 2018! Hope you’re going to enjoy more adventures, and less bees 🙂

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    1. Jean says:

      Thx for the good wishes, Lina. May this year be good to you and your hubby.

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  6. You are intrepid! Just read your list of destinations to my husband. Wow. Impressive. I once got stung in the lip, so can identify with the swollen eye!

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    1. Jean says:

      Some of those destinations, particularily in Midwest U.S., Australia and NZ, are exclusively my partner’s for his solo bike trips.

      Guess you didn’t feel like eating much with a swollen lip. We’re bound to have wasp / bee / mosquito story in life!

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  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Jean some solid and experienced advice here. Take your time and take breaks two of my favourites. The bee sting sounds painful.

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    1. Jean says:

      Hi Sue, for sure we plan trips where we do have time to take in scenery,etc. It’s balancing time for lots of photos and making to next destination in time for supper. 🙂

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  8. Lani says:

    Awesome infograph!

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    1. Jean says:

      When inspired, I enjoy doing the rare infographic.

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  9. What a brilliant infographic, Jean– extremely well done! You are a woman of many talents– but your faithful readers know that, of course!! I’ll add a couple of tips from my own experience: eat light on the road, and never hesitate to ask for directions, and/or confirmation of your present location!! You guys have certainly had some memorable moments. Mine would include seeing a distant rainstorm while standing high and dry on a Colorado mountain, and riding on the “wrong side of the road” in the U.K. Again– great job! 🚴👍😊

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    1. Jean says:

      I envy your little emoticons. From where /how do you do it? Yes, eat stragetically light without falling on your face during a long ride that requires enough calories. 😉 Asking for directions helps enormously. Of course it includes car drivers who declare: “It only takes half an hr. to get there”. Later, we discover it’s 1.5 hrs. by bike. 🙂 Love your memorable learning moments. The scariness of distant lightning rainstorm..

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