Mile zero, day one, May 21st, 2013. I have too much weight for the canoe cart. I had reinforced the aluminum axle but it still wasn’t strong enough. To lighten the load on the axle I have a pack on my back and packs on the bike. I also know the weight is too much for me to be able to either ride or push the bike up the steep hills. I don’t have solutions at this point but I’ve been long enough preparing and it’s time to get rolling. Much to learn and not at all sure that everything I’ve put together is going to work as planned. I did have a goal though – to make it to Inuvik, a hundred miles from the Arctic Ocean near the mouth of the Mackenzie River – and that was achieved on September 20th, 2014. Getting across to Canada’s east coast took much longer. I reached the Atlantic Ocean on August 16th, 2019 at Shediac, New Brunswick. Onward to Newfoundland next year with the goal of reaching Canada’s easternmost shore. That won’t be the end of my journey though. I am pursuing a retirement lifestyle I enjoy and intend to continue doing that for as long as I am able.
Nomader, you say you’ve sold your house and you’ve rid yourself of all your homely possessions. Where will you live?
… it’s no matter?
But Nomader you have more than two hundred and fifty pounds to lug around and no vehicle.
… it’s no matter.
And Nomader you pretty much eat the same thing every day and are never certain where you’ll sleep.
… it’s no matter.
Well, Nomader what is it that drives you? What’s in a head that thinks that’s a desirable way to live?
… perhaps some would say it’s … no, matter?
Welcome to my travel journal. I have recently (April 2022) gotten around to some much overdue updating. This journal now has more than 50,000 words and 500 pictures. Welcome aboard! Take my paddle and begin your vicarious journey north to the Arctic and then east to the Atlantic.
I am expecting to be underway again, from Nova Scotia (after a two-year covid hiatus) in late May.