May 29, 2016

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May 17

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Day 5

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Day 4

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Day 3

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Day 2

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Day 1

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Vancouver (D-day minus 2)

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Inventory on D-day

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Hello World!

There wasn’t really any sort of grand epiphany or turning point in life this year that led Udai and myself to this point. I do remember that the cross Canada bike tour was Udai’s idea, and it was brought up hilariously casually; like he was asking me if I wanted to order a pizza. He read somewhere (I think it was this article by Tom Allen) that if you want to bike around the world, you have to just get out there and do it. Simple.

A planet-spanning bike tour is a daunting idea given that our only real experience riding bikes has been in the city. So we decided to start this journey with our country. A Mari Usque Ad Mare. From Sea to Sea.

Once the idea was floated it started gnawing at us and all we could think about was getting out there and doing it. We talked about it all the time; where would we start? Where would we go? What kind of bike would be best for such a trip? How soon would we get sick of each others’ company? Which one of us could out run a bear? We talked about this fantasy journey for a couple of months until one day I found two Miyata 615’s on kijiji; one red and one blue, both available relatively close to each other from two different owners. The Miyata 615 touring bike is a gorgeous, rugged, steel-frame touring bike, built a year after I was born and 3 years before Udai! The blue one had already been on a tour of the Rockies and the Maritimes.

These bikes have changed everything. Since we bought them we’ve also bought our train tickets to Vancouver, which is where we are going to start our ride to St. John’s, and invested in the gear that we’ll need on the way. They’re good bikes and this is going to be a good trip. Good for the mind and soul, a good learning experience, and something from which we would like to generate a little bit of good as well. Take a look at the Planeterra tab if you want to see what I’m talking about.

Welcome to our blog/website/photo gallery/fund-raising effort. Here you can follow the adventures of two dudes from India…I mean the United Arab Emirates…I mean Canada!

– Omar

(By the way, the answer is always yes. I do want pizza.)

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