Over the 49th Parallel

It took us 9 months, but we made it past the border to another country! For the occasion, we were expecting (or rather hoping) for a ceremony, a speech, a stamp on our passport, heck, even a body search. Some kind of event showing us we changed country. But the passage over the 49th parallel couldn’t have been smoother. So Canada, here we were.

Now on the map, Canada already looks huge. And knowing it’s only 3 times the population of Belgium living in a country 330 times bigger… that leaves a lot of room for trees ! And riding through it, you get a real sense of the immensity of the land. Especially when you find out there’s only one road that can take you towards Vancouver. You know that one road sticking out on the map? That’s literally the only thing to ride on. Unless you want to take your chances in the mud on logging roads with the coyotes, bear, bobcats and cougars (at least that’s what our first encountered local told us).

So off we went, into British Columbia, the land of trees and lakes, or “The Best Place on Earth” as they put it on their signs. (Would modesty be a Canadian virtue ?)

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2 thoughts on “Over the 49th Parallel

  1. Mom

    We’re getting to know you! joyful in front of a boarder crossing, delighted in front of pancakes and ice-cream, terrified in front “bear warnings”!, excited by all you discover,…Enjoy it and keep it up for 10 more days and then we can all be thrilled at the prospect of hugging each other again! ;0)

  2. Arnaud

    Ouii, la Colombie Britannique, avec ses célèbres Bûcherons :

    “I never wanted to do this job in the first place!
    I… I wanted to be…

    A LUMBERJACK!

    (piano vamp)

    Leaping from tree to tree! As they float down the mighty rivers of
    British Columbia! With my best girl by my side!
    The Larch!
    The Pine!
    The Giant Redwood tree!
    The Sequoia!
    The Little Whopping Rule Tree!
    We’d sing! Sing! Sing!

    Oh, I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay,
    I sleep all night and I work all day.”

    – Michael Palin et le reste des Monty Python –

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