This was my first bike. Banana seat for doubling friends (especially girls) to school , forks, stick shift,and handlebars from the Easy Rider movie. It was my freedom my escape from home, my way to see the world. Funny how things in your childhood can have such an impression. It still is my freedom, excitement and way to see the world today
I am very excited about cycling across New Zealand next because the south island has penguins. I found kangaroos so interesting in Australia especially that you could even get right up beside them in the wild.New Zealand is the nesting ground for nine of the sixteen species of living penguins and one of the best places in the world to go to get up close and personal with these cute little birds. Nine of the 19 species thee breed and the rest are "Just Visiting"
Always great to be back home in Canada. Time to put up the Christmas lights and hunt for some food....the 'Gloo is empty. At least I don't have to clean the fridge because I don't need one.
My training grounds in the mountains around Whuistler Canada. Snow does not stop an avid cyclist. Inside a Glacier is one of the most peaceful places on Earth. The colors are amazing that filter through the ice above.
In New Zealand I'm really excited that I will (attempt) to cycle up the World's steepest street.
I intend on carrying all my gear to try to make The Guinness Book Of Records two ways, for carrying the most weight up Baldwin Street Hill on a bike. I will be also attempting to break the Guinness record fastest ascent by bike. I feel confident as I already raced up Filbert Street the steepest in San Francisco 31% . Yes this is what cyclists do like what climbers do surfers do etc go for the biggest steepest etc.
Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand is the world's steepest residential street, according to the Guinness. Its so steep they had to replace the asphalt with concrete because on hot days the asphalt melted down the hill
It is 350 meters or 1,150 ft long a slope of 1:5. That's (19° or 35%). That is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation changes by 1 metre.
The New Zealand Firefighters are tough. When I cross New Zealand they want lighthouse bottom Invercargill (Bluff/Stirling Point lighthouse) to lighthouse top 400km north of Auckland (Cape Reinga lighthouse). This is where the Moari people believe their spirits leave the island. Total of 2100 km and 18,000 meters of climbing. More hills than sheep there. Next they will want me to jump in. Vancouver is 11,222 km away on the sign.
I want to thank EVERYONE for making this amazing journey across Australia possible. Together we raised almost $10,000 in Australia alone for cancer research and still rising . It's not just myself on this journey its all of us working together as one making this dream to conquer cancer a reality. All the wonderful Australian people that took me into their homes, gave me a bed, fed me, helped me find my way. Most of you did not know me, you trusted this person without ever having met me but out of human kindness guided me along. The friends on Facebook inspiring me, prodding me to go on. The family that stopped to helped me after a truck blew me off the motorway crashing into a ditch off the freeway in a desolate area. My bike sponsor Rob in Vancouver Dunbar Cycles that believed I could cycle around the world before I even started. Gypsy-Leigh Productions that supported me from before I even started to the last day. The Australian firefighters from Cairns to Melbourne that supported me, the media at homeThe Province NEWS 1130 that helped with awareness posting my blogs and tweets. The Legendary Pacific Coast that posted my pictures and Rudy Project for supporting my technical cycling gear. I feel so blessed to have all your support and lifelong friendship. You will never be alone!
Cycling into Melbourne with Melbourne Firefighters to St Kilda Pier all through the city with Engine 7 as an escort . Fire Commission Craig Lapsley the crew from B Platoon. What an amazing event I have never been more proud to be a Firefighter and a Canadian cycling with these fine men and women from A,C and D platoon of The Melbourne Fire Brigade.
After 4500 gruelling km numerous flats, storms, tornadoes, snakes, notorious headwinds heat, cold,sweat and hit by a car in Coffs Harbour. I MADE IT TO MELBOURNE.I hugged the sign and actually cried all alone but overwhelmed with joy I made it alive. Tomorrow is the big ride with Police and Firefighters through Melbourne the Melbourne Firefighters have donated $5000. Stay tuned for the finale.
I entered my 3rd and last state in Australia, Victoria.They have wine and skiing it says "you'll love every piece" Well I didn't like the first piece.First I had a flat, then the storm of storms blew in. I hid under this overpass powerful strikes of lightning thunder and torrential rain.It was a little unsettling when I actually saw a tornado powerful enough to suck up cows. I crawled right up under the slope you see in the overpass and wedged in a tight crack between the bridge and the road to take a picture.Lots of creepy spiders up there crawling around. I lay there hoping the tornado was not coming my way and take me of to Oz.
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THirty Countries 4 Three Cancers