A ride report with photos on how to cross the Fraser River by bicycle using the Port Mann Bridge. The new bridge has a separated bike lane that safely connects the city of Surrey to the cities of Coquitlam and, onwards, Vancouver.
I met two people in an Indian laneway who told me they lived in a chateau in the southwest of France. “Do you think you might be willing to stay at our place and watch our cat?” they asked. “You had me at ‘chateau'” I replied. Here’s the blog.
In summer 2014, I loaded my little Symba motorbike with camping gear and set out on a solo adventure around western Canada. It was fun, scenic, nothing bad happened, and a few guys asked for my phone number. Here’s the blog.
A sampler of British Columbia bicycle trips What do you want from a BC bike trip? Rolling island hills, century-old forests, abandoned mining towns, sun-warmed wineries? I’ve cycled all these routes and they… Continue reading
“Is that a FOLDING bike?” In autumn 2007, I did a one-month train and bike journey around British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba with fellow bike adventurer, Michelle Eisele. I was on assignment… Continue reading
Can we share an Oprah moment? I ask because a hefty issue of O Magazine kept me company on a recent bike trip in September and one of its topics kept bouncing around… Continue reading
A local’s opinionated guide to the best sidewalk cafes! Each listing includes the cafe’s name and website, a snapshot of what the patio seating looks like, gossipy commentary, and the cafe’s address with cross street.
A gal’s guide to packing panniers for a cycling trip People fuss over bike travelers and how brave, adventurous and fit they are. But really, a bike traveler is just someone who wonders,… Continue reading
Historic hotel stays calm during the Olympics “You know what the trouble with getting old is?” Laurence bends to pour a coffee, then straightens to let a younger server squeeze by in the… Continue reading
[Published in the September/October 2009 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people.] Bicycle traveler’s new book describes experiences, not logistics “I am not an avid cyclist,” admits Willie Weir in his new… Continue reading
[Published in the August 2009 issue of Goa Today Magazine] Backroads “Slow Goa” tour targets cyclists and activists Visitors have toured Goa by car, motorbike, bus, boat and train; but now – thanks… Continue reading
Sure, read all about it on my blog Girl Gone Goa: travel, sex, magic and cycling in an Indian State. I wrote over 60 stories on life in Goa as a single woman… Continue reading
Sample locally-grown produce and West Coast scenery by bicycle Slow Food Cycle Sunday is a free one-day tour organized by the community of Pemberton (north of Whistler, Canada) to increase awareness and appreciation… Continue reading
Being on a train is like riding a bicycle: it’s slow, social, historic, and rebellious What is it about trains? And what was it about a train journey into western Canada that yanked… Continue reading
Folding bikes lead to greener pastures “Hey!” bellowed a voice across the Jasper train platform, “Is that one of those collapsible bikes?” Michelle and I had just gotten off VIA Rail’s westbound line… Continue reading
Four B.C. resorts serve up inventive programs for family fun in the snow Chris Keam is a single parent who’d like to introduce his daughter to the joys of skiing—gently. “I’d really just… Continue reading
A 7-day, 750-km bike race through the jungles of Central America Published in the February 25, 2006 Travel section of Canada’s Globe and Mail. View photos. Caracol, Belize — Eight cyclists scrambled up the… Continue reading
Cycle across Vancouver Island, then soak up the history on a working vessel When people ask why I go where I go, I tell them it’s “part curiosity and part stubbornness”. The curiosity… Continue reading
Bears, sea otters and marbled murrelets show paddlers the Nuchatlitz way NOOTKA ISLAND, B.C. — The afternoon sun glints sharply off the rolling blue swell south of Rosa Island and it’s difficult to… Continue reading
Vancouver operators guarantee sightings with departures right out of the city Thinking of hauling your out-of-town visitors to Tofino for some whale-watching? Think again. This summer, four local tour operators are guaranteeing sightings… Continue reading
Vancouver area multi-use trail offers a bushwhack to bikers willing to explore The name “Still Creek” may not quicken the pulse of southern B.C.’s white water paddlers; but the blackberry thorns that line… Continue reading
Cycle from Varadero to Vinales along the Circuito Norte Got two weeks for a holiday? Sit on a bike instead of a barstool! I discovered fourteen days is plenty of time to explore… Continue reading
A 1,600 kilometre expedition by kayak, foot and bicycle through B.C.’s north ISKUT, B.C. — Gregg Drury is a Minnesota-raised outdoorsman, social activist and eco-entrepreneur who ~ I discovered ~ has a lot… Continue reading
When you travel with someone, you learn how to share a trip’s rhythm The Canadian customs line was moving slowly. Most of the passengers coming up from Seattle on the Greyhound waited sleepily… Continue reading
Would you like a good spanking? Would you? Because if you’re single and like to travel, expect to get spanked hard when you go to pay for that fabulous all-inclusive holiday. In addition… Continue reading
A web-footed West Coaster ponders snow, slush, and sickening spins on black ice I’ve lived in Vancouver for thirteen years and naively believed I’d left winter driving behind. It waited for me one… Continue reading
Stress-free snow bus services to B.C. mountains for when you’d rather ride than drive Mittens firmly in the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, I was driving behind a Greyhound bus one winter morning… Continue reading
Three coastal “backpacker B&Bs” welcome budget travelers north of Vancouver I used to sell panniers at Vancouver’s Bike Doctor and when novice cyclists would come in and say they were going to spend… Continue reading
Family-run apple orchard grows, squishes, ferments and pours their own ciders Terry and I were waiting on the corner of Granville and Broadway for the #601 bus to take us to the Tsawwassen… Continue reading
Vancouver-area pools are accessible by boat and bicycle ~ but not by car [Updated July 2009. Originally published in Adventure West Magazine, October 2004. Photos by Luke Moloney. ] My trusty B.C. Backroad… Continue reading
éA Two-Wheel Odyssey to a Table by the Sea Ulysses can attest that sometimes the longest journey begins with a single malt. Not long after they set out on their fabled odyssey, Ulysses… Continue reading
Where do you book an off-season college-dorm bed in Edinburgh? Which cruise lines don’t charge single travellers an extra fee for a cabin? Is it really possible to experience a fulfilling, worry-free adventure… Continue reading
West Coast accommodations debunk myths and welcome families TOFINO, B.C. — It’s a characteristically wet, winter day and, as a Whalers on the Point Guesthouse visitor, you find yourself faced with a difficult… Continue reading