Dino's blog for mini adventures and endurance challenges

About Me

Happiness is Bicycle Shaped.

I remember my very first bike ride. I was very small. I had a pink bike with a white saddle. It had a plastic carrier seat to transport BB, my grubby-white teddy bear. On my first proper bike ride my Dad, big brother, BB and I pedalled together along the muddy, bumpy bridleway to a nearby pub. It was only 1 mile but 1 mile, when you are only 40 inches short, felt like a long way. It felt like an Expedition.

In May 2013, I packed up my panniers, said goodbye to my friends and family, and flew to Vancouver. Over the next 3 and a half months I cycled up the Rockies, across the prairies and along the shore of the Great Lakes; I cycled through thunderstorms and sunshine; I saw black bears, was bitten all over by bugs, and listened to birdsong. I swam in lakes, toasted marshmallows over campfires, and slept sounding in my tent as the rain pattered against the canvas. It was the adventure of a lifetime and it comes Highly Recommended.

Since Canada, I have clocked up many more miles on shorter tours around Europe. In July 2015, my Dad and I cycled end to end across a rather rainy UK – an account of which you’ll find on this blog.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog. If you have any questions or if you are planning your own cycle-camping adventure and would like some advice then please get in touch @dinojrock.

My Very First Bike Path - the garden path

My Very First Bike Path – the garden path

Not much has changed, eh? Still as fresh faced as ever.

Not much has changed, eh? Still as fresh faced as ever.

More info about me and my trip is featured on this wonderful website about biking across Canada.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.rock.3572 Steve Rock

    When is “soon”?

  • patti-jo

    Dino, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your bike ride across Canada on Monty. I’ve found your blog informative, entertaining and upbeat. You are truly a talented writer! My husband and I are planning our route for this summer. Thank you so much for being so dedicated to writing daily! Congratulations on your completion and new job. I’ll look forward to reading about your future adventures.

    • dinojrock

      Hi Patti-Jo, thanks for your kind message. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog – it was certainly a lot of fun writing it! What route do you have planned for the summer? Are you going Van to Halifax? If I can be of any help with advice on kit, routes or anything then do let me know. I hope you & your husband have a wonderful trip. Also let me know if you’re going to write a blog – as I’d love to read it :o) dino

      • patti-jo

        Hi Dino,
        Thanks for getting back to me, that was such a nice surprise!
        We are planning the trip from Calgary to St. John’s, as we did the Vancouver to Calgary piece a few years ago with our son ~ 1,200 km in 10 days to get back to Calgary due to our son’s schedule. We plan to extend those 10 days out east. Our route is fairly close to yours, but I must say I am a bit frightened to head over Lake Superior on the one and only main highway. What are your feelings about the Trans Canada? I tried to track your whole trip by writing down all the places you rode from and to and noticed you managed to stay away from it a great deal. Considering riding days, rest days and time allotted, it is definitely a huge undertaking. I am still debating about a blog, I have no idea how to begin and have been researching that as well as checking out blogs of cycling across Canada, how to build one, best site to use, tips, and routes. Your blog was so inspiring, heartfelt and funny! You were so faithful to ensuring your day was recorded, you’ve set the bar pretty high : ) I especially loved the parts about your dad and his input.

  • Fiona McDuff

    Dino, you look exactly the same! Ok, taller and the shorts replace the skirt, but otherwise EXACTLY the same 🙂