At first I want to
tell you about the reason we planned our bicycle tour from coast to coast in
In 2003 I
travelled from Vladivostok (Russia) to The Hague (The Netherlands) crossing the
Euro-Asiatic Continent. A total distance of 12,500 km of which 1,600 km were on
unpaved roads or under construction in Siberia. We travelled with a group of 21
bikers to raise funds for the PolioPlus Action of Rotary International (see: Polio can be defeated). This bike tour raised a total
amount of € 360,000. We had a lot of success, in fundraising as well as in
publicity in The Netherlands.
After that I
intended to finish the tour around the world by bike through the American
Continent. I decided to make this tour across Canada because I’m very
interested in Canada (the people and its lovely and majestic scenery). My wife
is an enthusiastic biker also, but my speed is too fast for her. So we decided
to buy a tandem. I planned the tour on basis of the book ‘Cycling Canada’
written by John M. Smith (1995). Because we will visit our cousin in Prince
Albert, I planned a great part of the route on information about parks, scenery
and roads from the Internet.
Very roughly our
route is as follows: we arrive 17th May 2008 in Vancouver,
travelling to Hope, Cache Creek, Golden, Radium Hot Springs, Jasper, Edmonton,
Prince Albert, Dauphin, Winnipeg, Sault Ste. Marie, Niagara Falls, Toronto,
Cowansville, Rivière-du-Loup, Saint John, Lunenburg and finish the middle of
September in Halifax.
We raise funds for
the following foundations: Stichting Spieren voor Spieren
(‘Muscles for muscles’) – this foundation stimulates scientific research for
muscle-diseases especially with little children - , Stichting
Hulphond (‘Service Dog’) – this foundation trains dogs to service
handicapped persons - , Fonds Gehandicaptensport
(‘Sports for handicapped persons’) – this foundation makes it possible for
disabled persons to practice all kind of sports.
My Rotary Club Ede-Hoekelum in Ede has adopted our fundraising project.
We have a regular review in a local newspaper, special activities before we
start and after we finish the tour with famous Dutch sportsmen, so we’ll have a
lot of publicity.