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A Cycling Trip – South Bohemian Region Czech Republic

Three days of cycling in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic merely whet my appetite for what's available in the country. Lots has been written about the Prague to Vienna bike ride, especially with so many outdoor-adventure companies offering the tour. But the lesser known parts of the Czech Republic like the South Bohemian region are not nearly so well represented online.  Our group of cyclists, made up of five young males and…

The Highlights of a Week Long Bike Trip in Jordan

Jordan, a safe and peace-loving country is often referred to as the Switzerland of the Middle East. While it's surrounded by noisy neighbours including Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Israel and the West Bank, don't let that deter you from visiting. Over the 10 days I was in the country I never felt unsafe for a second. You can expect to be greeted by a warm Welcome to Jordan almost every time you meet someone -…

Biking Adventures in Transylvania: Trails, Villages & Slow Life

“My revenge is just begun! And I spread it over centuries, and time is on my side!” You may recognise this line from Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula novel. And Dracula may be the only thing that comes to mind when thinking of Romania, right? In fact, there’s so much more to discover about this Eastern European destination. With low tourist numbers and few marketing campaigns to promote the country, no wonder people have no idea…

The Best Bike Rides in Canada You Can do in a Day

If you're someone who loves a good bike ride but hates biking on roads then I think you'd love any of these bike paths. They all travel on dedicated trails and while you may have to cross the occasional road you won't have to worry about big trucks flattening you into a human pancake. Most of these bike rides can be done in a day. Those that are longer offer the option of an excellent…

5 of the Best Bike Rides Around Calgary

We're extremely lucky when it comes to biking in Calgary. According to the City of Calgary "there are approximately 900 kilometres of pathways and 400 kilometres of on-street bicycle routes within the city." None of these numbers reflect the opportunities for biking in Fish Creek Park. These five standout bike rides showcase the best the Calgary area offers. Glenmore Reservoir This is my go to bike ride in Calgary as it's easy to access from…

5 of the Best Bike Rides You’ll Want to do in the South Okanagan

Did you know that the South Okanagan offers some of the best biking in Canada? It's especially great in May when the weather is sunny and warm, the regions 50 plus wineries are open and the crowds have yet to materialize. There are also a couple of standout events like the Giant's Head Grind that will appeal to both bikers and hikers. What are 5 of the best bike rides in the South Okanagan? The…

11 of the Best Places to Cycle Within 75 Minutes of Calgary

Spring is a great time to be a cyclist in Calgary. The snow is gone - or what is left is inconsequential - and the temperatures are conducive to getting out on a bike. Calgary itself is lucky to have over 600 kilometres of bike trails. But there are also loads of great bike rides within 75 minutes to 90 minutes of the city. Here are my top 11 picks for Calgary and area bike…

The Peterborough Biking Experience

"Drumlins" explains Kieran Andrews, one of our two guides from Wild Rock Outfitters, are "400 - 800 metre long hills that can be steep with the worst of them on this morning's ride". Later - as in 90 kilometres, a shower and a glass of wine later - the truth comes out. Kieran proceeds to tell me "that the Tour of Flanders in Belgium, one of the hardest one day cycling races, shares the same topography as the Peterborough and the Kawarthas area."…

What You Can Do in 2 Hours in Ottawa on a Bike

Have you ever wondered what you could do if you had a bike and two hours in Ottawa? I don't know how many times I've rolled into a city with time to kill but no plan on how to make the most of it. Convention goers and business people in particular can probably relate. In Ottawa, it's an easy problem to solve. Located in what feels like the bowels of the city, but is really an adapted…

Biking the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

I've had a trip to Whitefish, Montana in my sights for some time. I didn't have specific plans other than to see what sort of outdoor adventures one could do in the area. And then I found out a good chunk of the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park was open to hikers and cyclists right now. That nailed it, especially with good weather in the forecast for the weekend. John and I…

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