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The Coast is Clear

By Heather Pardon It’s plus 10 degrees celsius and the sun beckons me to get my wheels on the road. You wouldn’t think you’d be able to find such conditions anywhere in Canada on the 21st day of December, the Winter Solstice, but the Goddess of Winter Cycling had clearly blessed me so

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The Nuts (and Bolts) of Winter Cycling

By Heather Pardon

I used to think that people who cycled in the winter were nuts. That is, until I became one of those people.

I don’t know exactly how I came to join the winter cycling scene. I think it was a convergence of forces, including leading a car-free lifestyle, a dislike

Read more . . . The Nuts (and Bolts) of Winter Cycling

Dog Gone Fun Cycling

By Heather Pardon

If you’re a dog-owning cyclist (or a cyclist owned by a dog as the case may be), you have likely experienced a few pangs of guilt when venturing out for a ride without your pooch. A weekend pleasure ride can take you out of the house for a few

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My Yuletide Ride on the West Coast

By Heather Pardon

The past year has brought many “firsts” into my life including the fact that 2009 will go down in history as the first time I ever cycled my way to Christmas dinner. On the west coast, you can do this in December, which is something I found quite novel being an

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Ups and Downs on the Road

By Heather Pardon

The mountains of the west have afforded ample opportunity for one of my favourite types of cycling, climbing. In my RV, “Miss Daisy” I also enjoy the mountain climbs much more than I do the descents, which are a little unnerving to a neophyte driver of a 27 foot RV.

After visiting

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Savona, the Jewel of the Canadian Desert

By Heather Pardon

In hearing others speak of cycling in British Columbia, I’d heard many stories of the joys of cycling through the Rockies and along the Columbia Icefields Parkway. But I had not realized that the west would offer another jewel for cycling, a path less travelled, that of the region further to the

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I Couldn’t Pass Up on Rogers Pass

By Heather Pardon

Much as I love climbing and the subsequent celebratory descent by bicycle, I must admit I don’t have the same feeling when negotiating some routes in a 27 foot RV. When I did some online research of the drive through the Rogers Pass, which involves some quite steep sections, several tunnels, winding

Read more . . . I Couldn’t Pass Up on Rogers Pass

Rockie Roads

By Heather Pardon

This has been my first time to experience cycling in the Rockies and it is world-class. After leaving Lake Louise, I drove to Jasper along the Icefields Parkway. The Icefields Parkway is rated as one of the most scenic drives in Canada as well as being known as a mecca for cyclists.

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Cycling in Banff National Park: The Mountains Will Take Your Breath Away

By Heather Pardon

I love hills. I love climbing. I enjoy the challenge of an invigorating ascent by bicycle, the stunning views and sense of satisfaction you are gifted with when you reach the top. And, of course, you also get to enjoy a nice downhill descent as your reward too.

And so, it was

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A Prairie Perspective

By Heather Pardon

The past week and a half has had me travelling from the rugged north of Ontario across into the flatter expanse of the prairies. During a stopover in Winnipeg last weekend, I participated in the Muddy Waters 100 which is a great local event organized by Habitat for Humanity to raise funds

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There is Cycling Gold in Thunder Bay

By Heather Pardon

I love Thunder Bay. I first came here back in 1981 as a Junior Forest Ranger so I have always had fond memories of this part of Ontario. Situated on the northern shore of Lake Superior, it offers a rugged landscape and beautiful scenery that is unparalleled in the rest of Ontario.

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A Day on Manitoulin Island

By Heather Pardon

As I continue on my cross-Canada meandering journey, many of my friends keep asking “when are you going to get out west?” Well, as a native of Ontario I’d like to see and enjoy some of the best that this province has to offer. And when it comes to cycling, it’s hard

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Heather’s Cross-Canada Cycling Adventure

Join Ottawa author, personal trainer and life coach Heather Pardon who recently sold and packed up her home, downsized her life, bought an RV and is taking her belongings and bicycle for an adventure across Canada this summer. Each week, Heather will be sharing photos and stories from her cycling adventures en route. You

Read more . . . Heather’s Cross-Canada Cycling Adventure

Heather’s Cross-Canada Cycling Adventure

Join Ottawa author, personal trainer and life coach Heather Pardon who recently sold and packed up her home, downsized her life, bought an RV and is taking her belongings and bicycle for an adventure across Canada this summer. Each week, Heather will be sharing photos and stories from her cycling adventures en route. You

Read more . . . Heather’s Cross-Canada Cycling Adventure