This is a trip we started discussing quite a few years ago. Friends of Jesse’s had biked across Canada and he thought this would be something fun to do. Jackie initially thought this was crazy, but then became excited by the idea and took it farther by adding the west coast as well. Our first bike tour was along the Rhine River in Germany, using bikes rented in Amsterdam, two small panniers each, a backpack for Jesse, and a £20 tent from Asda and two £5 sleeping mats.
After moving to Quebec we started breaking in our touring gear with a long weekend tour of Lac Saint Jean – an area catering to bicycle touring. A year later we spent two weeks and 1000km touring Gaspesie.