Gam

gam2 /gam/ noun noun gam plural noun gams 1. a school of whales, porpoises, dolphins or cycle tourers. 2. a social meeting or informal conversation (originally one among whalers at sea). 3. a confluence of cycle tourers on the road, resulting in a friendly chat, the swapping of route advice and stories, and general camaraderie….

Vancouver

We arrived in north Vancouver early evening and took the opportunity to cycle over lion’s gate bridge and onto the famous sea wall around Stanley Park just in time to catch a beautiful sunset at third beach. The next day we cycled round the entire sea wall, from Lion’s Gate Bridge to downtown, around False…

BC Ferries

After cycling the Cassiar Highway, we decided to head back to the coast to catch the ferry from Prince Rupert on the mainland to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, courtesy of George and Carol. We arrived in Prince Rupert in the early evening, and cooked up dinner at the marina at Cow Bay, the touristy…

Cycling The Cassiar Highway

After following the Alaska Highway for over 1000km, we were looking forward to heading south along the Cassiar Highway, a quieter 700km road from Watson Lake to Kitwanga. This route had been recommended to us by cycle tourers, motorbikers and RV drivers alike, so we thought we’d give it a go. Despite the relatively long…

Stewart/Hyder

On our way down the Cassiar Highway, we took the scenic side trip to Stewart and Hyder, passing myriad waterfalls and glaciers all the way to the coast. Stewart is a friendly little town, blink and you’ll miss the few quirky shops and cafes in the centre of town, we stopped in at the toaster…

The art of bicycle maintenance

We are often asked if we have cycled the whole way on the same bikes. We usually just say ‘yes’, but after all our recent bicycle maintenance, we thought it might be interesting to work out how much of our bikes are original components, and how much we’ve replaced along the way: One day we…

Bulging tyres and cranky drivetrains

On our way down the Alaska Highway, Jules’ tyre began bulging slightly along the sidewall. Hopeful that it would last out for a couple of weeks, we thought we’d save ourselves some money and order replacements on chainreaction. While we were at it we also ordered replacement chains. As we cycled on, the tyre bulges…

King’s Throne

If you have 24 hours to spare in Haines Junction, this is a great hike just 30km or so down the (beautifully smooth – American paved) road towards Haines. We decided at 5pm after lazing around at the Village Bakery all afternoon that we would quite like a day off the bikes, so blasted down…

Top of the World vs AlCan?

As we headed East along the AlCan, yet again we had a decision to make, whether to go the longer, much hillier, wilder route over the Top of the World Highway, or continue along the AlCan towards Whitehorse. After far too long deliberating we decided to flip a coin, heads TotW, tails Alcan. Well, heads…

Wheel building in Alaska

After one and a half days of riding towards Tok, negotiating some roadworks around Dot Lake, my front wheel (the one I left the UK on with more than 26,000km on the clock) exploded (literally, complete with billows of smoke). Unable to cycle or even push the bike, I hitchhiked to Tok to attempt to…

Bike troubles

By the end of the Denali Highway, Jules’ bottom bracket had managed to work itself quite loose, and she had also been having to hand tighten her headset on a fairly regular basis, so we decided to hitchhike to Fairbanks to find a bike shop. We were picked up from Delta Junction by Robin, who…