One year in Canada and the US, one bike, 11,700 kilometers, remarkable moments and a frame break.
What do you do when you’re done with school?
While it was clear for many of my schoolmates to go directly to university, it was obvious to me to take a “break”.
I had never left Europe before, that was about to change. I applied for a working holiday visa in Canada to gain experience and finance my trip, then everything went very fast. My relatives in Winnipeg and San Francisco were already looking forward to my visit.
I started in July 2015 in Halifax on the Atlantic coast of Canada. From there I cycled across Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, Winnipeg and Calgary to Lake Louise. The incredible hospitality that I experienced on the road was very new for me as a European.
In Lake Louise, I found a job as a houseman in a Swiss hotel and I switched from my bike to a snowboard for wintertime. Minus 30 degrees were not uncommon.
In spring I got back to my bike. So I cycled across the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver Island to bathe my front tire in the Pacific Ocean.
What a feeling to have cycled through the second largest country in the world!
A few days later, I took a ferry to Seattle. At this time I took a break for two weeks and visited a good friend in Arizona. After that my dad supported me for three weeks and we cycled the American west coast from Seattle to San Francisco together.
At the end I cycled the densely populated coast along Los Angeles to San Diego, where I reached my destination after about 11,700 kilometers.