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End of the ride in Van City

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The first time that I woke up in Sicamous British Columbia was absolutely hilarious. I stumbled out of my tent only to realize that it was 3 in the afternoon and I was on a public beach that was overflowing with people. Not only that, but all of the locals that I had been hanging out with the night before were right there to draw attention to me with applause and laughter the moment that I staggered out of my budget Canadian tire tent. I had already realized within the first few minutes of my arrival in town that there was something special about this place, but the second day and night only further cemented these beliefs. This town is…

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Vancouver or bust

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I had a really good night in Cochrane Alberta, which is about one hour east of Banff. That morning my goal was to reach the mountains. I didn’t have any idea that I would get a ride right to Sicamous British Columbia, but that’s what happened. Thanks to Christie who was on her way to visit a friend in Kelowna, because without her I don’t know if I’d currently be surrounded by all of these big, beautiful mountains. With less than 500 kilometers to Vancouver, I’m going to kick back and enjoy Sicamous for a night or two. I have only been here for a few hours and I have already dived off a train bridge, a pedestrian bridge, and…

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Living the dream: Newfoundlanders set off to travel the world

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Do you ever feel like throwing away all responsibility and hitting the road? Really indulging in your inner Hunter S. Thompson or Kerouac, maybe without all the drugs? Well a couple of Newfoundlanders did just that- in a less beatnik-smoky kind of way. They decided it was time to live their lives. They sold their house, left their jobs and jumped on a plane.

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Road to the Rockies: Hitchhiking part 7

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When you jump into a car and the driver has a multi-colored mohawk, it’s a good bet that you’re in for a treat. In my case, the treat was a ride all the way from Blind River Ontario straight through to Calgary. Me and Ben (the guy with the Mohawk) just took turns driving and sleeping until we hit Regina. We did check out Winnipeg on the way though, and I must say, it’s a really beautiful city. I don’t know why I assumed it would be dirty and grimy but it wasn’t, it was really nice. Now keep in mind that Manitoba and Saskatchewan were both flooding, and the highway actually just reopened right before we passed through. Everybody had…

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Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 6

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My friend, Jeffrey, just happened to be in Ottawa and heading North towards Petawawa on the day that I was leaving. When he offered me a ride all the way to Deep River, which is about two hours North of the capital city, I quickly agreed and capitalized on the opportunity. Not only was it a free ride, but it was a lifesaver because hitchhiking is illegal on the 400 series highways in Ontario. This makes it almost impossible to hitch from right downtown and head out of Ottawa. We stopped in Pembroke to grab my new Gravite skateboard and have a bite to eat. Apparently, I was getting a lot of funny looks because of the size of my backpack,…

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