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Some JERK Stole My Bike

As you, our loyal readers know, between in 2013 and 2014 Jane and I rode our Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycles 16,000 km through 22 countries. It was an incredible opportunity to meet people where they live and work and to get to know the world better. We never had any trouble with crime on […]

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What to do When You’re Too Busy to Travel (or to Even Think About It)

Life is just like a kitchen junk drawer. We all have one, right? It’s where we cram the microwave operator’s manual, paperclips, hair elastics, home insurance papers, old receipts, a half-eaten granola bar, and the TV remote that’s been missing for months now. And even though it’s already full, somehow we always manage to find […]

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The Truth About Cycle Touring – Is It Right For You?

http://theplanetd.com/is-cycle-touring-right-for-you/

Will My Butt Hurt? Is Cycle Touring Even Fun? Is Cycle Touring Dangerous? Do I Have to Ride in Rain, Sleet, and Snow? We answer all your burning questions in our guest post, The Truth About Cycle Touring – Is It Right For You?, on the wonderful travel site, The Planet D.

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Please Don’t Travel: Why Real Travellers Want You to Stay Home

I’m about to let you in on a secret that every traveller knows (but will never tell you). We want you to stay home. That’s right, even though we share tips on My Five Acres about getting out and living a life less ordinary, in reality, we want you to stay right where you are. […]

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Share Your Hidden Gems Around the World

The best travel tales are never about that rare painting you lined up for hours to see or the ancient monument you gazed upon with hundreds of other people crowded around. The best moments come as little unexpected treats. It’s that cozy deli you stumble upon when lost in the backstreets of a foreign city, […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Denman Island to Nanaimo

My camping mattress has started leaking air, turning last night’s sleep into an uncomfortably cold marathon of tossing and turning. Before I woke up this morning, I already knew I wanted to sleep in my own bed tonight. Since it’s about 90km from here to Nanaimo, I had to mentally prepare myself for a longer […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Hornby Island

If you take a look at a map of the Sunshine Coast region, you’ll see the drowned valleys and small islands that are markers of a submergent coastline: one where the sea level has risen to overtake the land. In other words, lots of ferries are needed to get around. Including two rides on the […]

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Outside My Front Door on Contented Traveller

http://www.contentedtraveller.com/nanaimo-bc-outside-my-front-door/

A lot of you have asked what it’s like to live in Nanaimo. I wrote a post about Nanaimo for our friends at Contented Traveller. When you’ve read it and seen the pictures, you will want to live here too. And though I can’t promise you a Canadian passport, you’re all invited to come visit.

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Comox to Denman Island

Hardly anyone camps in a tent anymore. These days, when I show up at a campground and start unfolding my tent, I’m an anomaly. Everyone else is decked out in their fancy RVs looking pityingly upon the poor girl who couldn’t bring her TV, microwave, and refrigerator camping with her. Tonight, as I lie just […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Powell River to Comox

Powell River is a mixed-up little place. It has been a mill town since the early 1900s and the mill is still a major employer in the community. In fact, a picture of the mill is still proudly displayed on the “Welcome to Powell River” sign. As the gateway to Desolation Sound, one of the […]

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