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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Pender Harbour to Powell River

Last night, just before leaving my cozy spot by the gas fire to go to bed, I discovered a newish-looking wool blanket inside a box of supplies. Needless to say, I absconded with it for the night and attribute that extra bit of coverage to getting me through the night relatively unfrozen. More Downs Than […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Sechelt to Pender Harbour

The sound of fat raindrops splatting against the tent was my alarm this morning. After a fitful night – during which I was too hot, then too cold, and then unable to sleep until I got up to pee – I managed to sleep in until 9am. I briefly pondered lying in the tent until […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Vancouver to Sechelt

The rain this morning was hanging suspended in the air, not falling, but just patiently waiting for its next victim. That victim was me, and the faster I went, the wetter I got. By the time I was on the SeaBus heading back towards North Van, my gloves and socks were soaked. Here’s a shout […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Trip, Nanaimo to Vancouver

The last couple of days, while getting ready for my solo Sunshine Coast bike trip, I’ve been worried that I had some sort of weird flu. This morning I figured out what’s to blame. Nerves. Before any big trip (or even a small trip, as it turns out) I get nervous. Not just a little […]

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The Next Episode

15,775 km total. Even though we have spent almost one month in and around Ubud, barely cycling 70 km over four weeks, I have been putting off allowing myself to mentally declare our bike trip over. Now that I am on a plane, flying to Hong Kong without my bicycle, and without Jane, I guess […]

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A Note Of Finality

15,775 km total. Even though this won’t be the last blog we post on My Five Acres, I still feel the need to wrap up our trip with one final, mind-blowing post, encapsulating the lessons we learned on our trip, the effects it has had on our souls, and the meaning of life, the universe, […]

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Shots From Nusa Penida

I was going to write a post about how Ubud is not the paradise many people claim it to be (too much traffic! too many tourists!). Then I decided it would be better to share our photos from Nusa Penida, an island not far off the coast of Bali which is pretty heavenly. (Don’t miss: […]

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Looking Back: Drink Beer, And You’ll Be Alright

15,734 km so far. For your listening pleasure, Chris T-T, Drink Beer (from the album The 253). Turn it up loud as you read this blog post about some of the best beer in the world. HumanFish Brewing, Vrhnika, Slovenia Matthew Charlesworth is brewing the finest beer I had on my entire trip. In a […]

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The Best Food We Ate on Our 2-Year, 22-Country Bike Trip

As long-term travellers, we tend to hear the same questions from curious people. One of the most repeated questions was… What was the best food you ate on your trip? It’s a natural question. Food is more than just fuel for your body. It’s a cultural experience, it’s a learning experience, it’s an adventure. So […]

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Balinese Zen

15,706 km so far. Getting around Bali is not a walk in the park. I had set up a meeting for this morning with the owners of Desa Seni, an eco-village resort (their name means Art Village), not 30 km from where we are staying. Because traffic can be crazy and the hills are steep […]

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