So here you are at Tandem with Abandon, a site documenting one couple’s tandem bicycle ride from Montreal Quebec to Vancouver British Columbia over the summer of 2010.
Our journey is documented in blog posts (with pictures). The first day is here, the last day here, and a big fat reverse-chronological list here. You can also check out a map of our route here or by clicking on the map image.
We completed our ride on July 15th after an amazing two months on the road where we endured two heat waves, unprecedented flooding, a billion mosquitoes, chronic saddle-sores and the kind of hills that were never meant to be cycled with a bike as heavily-laden as ours. But overall, we had an amazing time and would do it all again given half a chance (prob).
Covering just over 3,400 miles in 48 days (plus more than a few days off), we wrote-off (literally) thousands of pounds (£, !) in motels, campsites, travel, food, lots of food, countless inner tubes and low-quality tires, and just a few beers.
Out trip took us through the more remote parts of Ontario into black fly and lake country, over the flat and windy prairies, and finally over the many mountain ranges of British Columbia. We never bothered weighing the luggage but be assured that two front-side panniers, two back-side panniers, a bar-box and a back-rack bag containing clothes, sleeping bags and mats, a tent, bike tools and all our food weighed quite a bit.
It’s all over now and we are very happily set up in British Columbia, flitting between Vancouver and Victoria. Every once in a while we think back to when it all started, with a heavily bubble-wrapped bike in a kitchen in Sheffield…