Solo Bicycle Expedition Across Canada
Organized by: Arunas Verikas
EVENT DATE May 29, 2016
My name is Arunas Verikas I was born in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania and spent twenty years in various theatres as stage lighting technician / designer. Multiple journeys around the world I took part in during theater tours developed my love for travel. I was never too excited about automobiles – I much rather prefer to sit on a bicycle. I also love to photograph. And sometimes the photos even turn out quite well! I am presently residing in Toronto, Canada. After getting familiar with and falling for the beauty of the local nature I decided to cover the distance between the two oceans on a bicycle on distant roads. Thus, after lengthy pondering I am setting off on a journey which will combine my enjoyment of bicycles, photography and travel. My envisioned route spans across Canada: from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean. Approximately 8000 km in total. Nature in this part of Canada is impressive, diverse and nearly untouched by the human being. If all goes well, the journey will last around four months. I am not the first one determined to complete such a journey. However, I am the first Lithuanian who is attempting such a route. This certainly stimulates, although I am not chasing to set or break any records. It will most certainly not be a simple ride in the park. My goal is to be moving forward on the roads far from civilization and surrounded by wild nature. I am planning to cover 70-120 km per day on average. This however will most certainly depend on relief, on weather conditions and on the frequency of interesting landscapes. The larger part of the journey I will cover on paved roads as there will be no alternatives. Both at the start and especially at the end of the journey there will be some serious ascents and, I hope, some descents also. This Northern area is sparsely populated, however there is no shortage of wild animals. Some of them do pose some serious concern – such as moose and bears. There is an abundance of the latter. The dominant species – black bears are the least amenable according to the local knowledge and literature. There is one more no less serious concern – insects: horseflies, mosquitoes, ticks and black flies that are driving into despair. Since I will always be surrounded by lakes and rivers, I hope to manage to avoid succumbing to thirst and hunger. Having said that, I will not elude food provided by retailers, should the circumstances permit. Lodging will be determined by the circumstances: in a tent, or under the open skies. Technical preparation for the journey is currently underway. The start time will be influenced by both the weather conditions and success in obtaining the remaining necessary gear. You may be able to influence this aspect. If you have a sincere wish to support and, in a certain way, to participate, both in preparation and the journey – I thank you in advance. Any support is greatly appreciated.