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Quick Update: Approaching Jasper

By on Saturday September 9th, 2017

Yesterday I arrived in Hinton and for the 2nd time on this trip I was able to benefit from a warm shower. It’s great if other cycling enthusiasts offer a shelter for the night and a warm shower. Especially after a day like yesterday where I was cycling almost 90km through the rain I was happy not having to put up my tent.

 

A couple of days past since my last update and I notice that I do not take proper time to document my experiences and give my body necessary rest. On many days I’ve cycled more than 100km and have passed mountains with up to 1600m height. When I reach the campground or the warm shower I’m mostly so exhausted that I go to bed around 10pm and stay in bed or my sleeping bag until 8am in the morning. Especially now as I’m heading towards Jasper and Banff which will be a highlight of my tour through Canada I want to slow down a little bit and soak it all in. So less km for the next days and hopefully more updates. 😉

 

But since “winter is coming” as many people on the road tell me I need to watch the weather closely and want to make it to Vancouver before end of September. So far I was lucky with the weather with some days of 30 degrees Celsius and only a few days with rain. But snow and below zero temperatures in the mountains is something I want to avoid as best as possible.

 

So, I’m pedaling on…

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  1. Reply

    Tanya

    Sunday September 10th, 2017

    Have a safe ride Martijn!
    Was so nice to meet you this morning. We wish you to to have great weather, meet interesting people and see all that beautiful views on your way.

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      Martijn

      Monday September 11th, 2017

      And what a surprise to meet you both again in the bear’s paw bakery. I followed the advice from Serge and just finished my dinner. 😉

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        Tanya

        Monday September 11th, 2017

        So happy to hear! Be careful not to get fat ;)))
        We will follow your updates so keep doing this regularly.
        Let us know in advance when you will be in Banff, we would go there to meet you!
        Serge and Tanya

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          Martijn

          Saturday September 16th, 2017

          Hi Tanya,

          just read your message today (in Lake Louise). I will go to Yoho from here. Will send you my mobile number via eMail – maybe we can meet there somewhere.

          BR
          Martijn

          • Tanya

            Thursday September 21st, 2017

            Hi Martijn,
            How is your ride? Hope all is good. You can email or drop us a line 5879694911 of how you trip is going. Wish you to have a safe one!
            Tanya and Serge

          • Martijn

            Friday September 22nd, 2017

            Hi Tanya and Serge, I’m still doing fine. Just found it hard to find time to provide the necessary update on the blog. Finally managed to do that today. Heading south/west towards Vancouver now.

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    Doug Brooks

    Monday September 11th, 2017

    Martijn ….

    Nice to chat with you this morning at the Pocahontas campground. Enjoy Baja the ferry ride from Las Paz to Mazatlan is an interesting experience, book a cabin. The city I was telling you about in Mexico that I studies Spanish is Guanajuato. I attended the Escuela de Falcon but there are others, and you will find cheap places to stay within blocks of the school.

    I’ll follow your travels and maybe catch up on a motocrycle this winter.

    Doug ……

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      Martijn

      Saturday September 16th, 2017

      Hi Doug,
      many thanks for the tips you gave me that morning. If your down in Baha in december ping me.
      BR
      Martijn

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    Jason McCuaig

    Monday September 11th, 2017

    Hi Martijn. It was nice to meet and chat with you about your incredible adventure. I will be following you, keep the updates coming. I hope you enjoyed the beer.
    Jason

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      Martijn

      Saturday September 16th, 2017

      Thanks! Of course I enjoyed it! A gifted beer tasts double good.

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    Kinshuk

    Tuesday September 12th, 2017

    Godspeed Martijn 🙂

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    Patrick

    Tuesday September 12th, 2017

    Hallo Martijn,
    wenn ich die Bilder von Dir sehe, wäre ich gern bei Dir. Es muß wirklich fantastisch sein durch so eine Paradies zu fahren. Es ist großartig so einen crasy Typen wie Dich zu kennen, und ihn auf seinem Trip (wenn auch nur virtuell) begleiten zu können. Ich freue mich schon auf möglichst viele Updates.
    buen camino
    Patrick

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    Marc

    Tuesday September 12th, 2017

    Hi Martijn,

    Wow, das sieht nach einem fantastischen Trip aus, ganz tolle Bilder… Ich hoffe, du kannst alles in vollen Zügen genießen und hast weiter eine super Zeit!

    Was vermisst du am meisten – die Arbeit, eine Dusche oder ein weiches Bett? 😛

    Cheers
    Marc

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      Martijn

      Saturday September 16th, 2017

      Dusche ersetze ich meistens durch einen Sprung in den See oder ein Bad in einem Bach. Das geht schon. Ein weiches Bett vermisse ich da schon eher. Am ehesten ist es aber Zeit die mir fehlt. Es gibt hier so viel zu sehen. Und ich habe es heute schon wieder nicht geschafft den Blog zu updaten…

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    Bhairavi

    Friday September 15th, 2017

    the pics look amazing! good to see u’re alive n kickin 😉 stay safe! following your photo story

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    Jaap

    Monday September 18th, 2017

    Hoi Martijn!
    Ik volg je belevenissen met veel plezier. Mooi die foto’s met een zo bekend tentje en brandertje :-). Aan de foto’s en commentaren merk ik dat je fijne contacten hebt. Die blijven lang bij. Je zult nu niet ver van Vancouver zijn. Heb je daar tijd om je lijf rust te geven? Een paar rustdagen na de stevige inspanning daarvoor geeft veel nieuwe energie.
    Heb het goed daar! Met jezelf en met de mensen om je heen. En ik wens je veel rugwind ;-)!
    Jaap

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      Martijn

      Tuesday September 26th, 2017

      Hoi Jaap,

      Vandaag ben ik in Whistler aangekomen en morgen ga ik inderdaad een dagje zonder fiets doen. Maar misschien wordt het toch weer een uitdaging als ik te voet de bergen in ga. In Vancouver ga ik dan echt een paar dagen rusten. Dar kijk ik al een beetje vooruit.

      Beste groeten
      Martijn

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    Robert

    Monday September 18th, 2017

    Hey Martin,
    Great to meet you yesterday at Monarch Campground in Yoho Park. Jackie and I wish you the best on your journey.
    Robert

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      Martijn

      Friday September 22nd, 2017

      Many thanks! Also for the fresh air for my tires. 😉

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