Bicycle Touring



Back in Toronto After a Great Bicycle Tour Of Cuba’s Oriente

Tips For Planning A Cuba Bicycle Tour

The Roads of Cuba’s Oriente: The View From My Bicycle Saddle

Cycling Cuba’s Oriente: All  About Food and Accommodation

TASMANIA, Australia


Doin’ Time In Van Diemen’s Land: My Upcoming Bicycle Tour of Tasmania

Day One – From Hobart To Richmond Via Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Day Two – From Richmond To Triabunna

Day Three – From Triabunna To Swansea

Day Four – From Swansea To Bicheno

Day Five – From Bicheno To St. Helens

Day Eight – From Launceston To Deloraine

Day Nine – From Deloraine To Gowrie Park Via Sheffield

Day Ten – From Gowrie  Park To Cradle Mountain

Day Eleven – A Day Off the Saddle: Rambling Around Dove Lake

Day Twelve – From Cradle Mountain to Zeehan

Bicycling From Hobart To Bruny Island


New Zealand - South Island Bike Route

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 1 – The Logistics Of A 3-Week Trip On South Island

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 2 – Cycling Around Christchurch

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 3 – Crossing the Southern Alps Via Arthur’s Pass

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 4 – The West Coast Road

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 5 – Over The Haast Pass  to Queenstown

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 6 – Queenstown To Invercargill Via the Mavora Lakes

Bicycling New Zealand: Part 7 – Dunedin and The Otago Peninsula


Ontario tour - south west to east

June 2012 Bike Trip Plans- Toronto to Ottawa Via The Side Door!

June 2012 Toronto To Ottawa to Brockville Bicycle Trip Report

Somewhere in the basement are 35mm slide carousel with pix I took of my bike rides in my younger days. One day I may digitalize those images and try to recreate the routes!

  • Sudbury-Espanola-Manitoulin Island-London-Fort Erie-St. Cahtarines-Toronto  1989
  • from Vancouver to Winnipeg 1996
  • Vancouver to Powell River and then over to Vancouver Island 2001
  •  Toronto-to-Montreal ride along Hwy 2 via Prince Edward County –  1994; 1997.

Kingston-Ottawa-Mont Laurier-Montreal

Still in the “To do” folder is the bike tour I had planned for May 2020 from Kingston to Ottawa to Mont Laurier to Montreal, making use of off-road bike trails like the Cataraqui Trail, the Trans-Canada Trail, the Véloroute des Draveurs, and Le P’Tit Train du Nord. Maybe in the spring of 2022 when this COVID thing is more under control?

Lake Champlain:

I had also been planning a ride from Montreal down to Lake Champlain, passing through St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Plattsburg, Westport, Ticonderoga, Whitehall, Burlington, North Hero, and then either back to Windsor Station in Montreal or west to Cornwall, where I’d hop on the train back to T.O. The border will have to be open to be able to do this one!

2 Responses to Bicycle Touring

  1. Janice says:

    I am going to Cuba for the second time, this February, with my husband. On our first visit, we did the loop from Santiago west and this time we are doing the eastern section….Holguin, Moa, Baracoa etc to Santiago. We only have 2 weeks and enjoy exploring so doubt we will make it back cycling, to Holguin. But that is open ended as we will not be booking accommodations ahead of time.

    Neither of us are overly interested in going to Guardalavaca and my husband seems to think you can take a back road # 123 through Baguano and joining up with other road just west of Mayari. Do you have any information on this? I have never read a bike report re: anybody going this route.
    Btw…..your report was great, very helpful

    • true_north says:

      Janice, I based my route – Holguin to Guardalavaca to Banes to Mayari – on the Cycling Cuba book by the Smiths, even though it was already a decade old when I made use of it. It was my security blanket! Things hadn’t changed much in the meanwhile!

      Route 123 definitely represents an alternative and faster way to get to Mayari and Moa. It is a 90 km. ride and looks like the main road from Holguin to Mayari and should present no problems. The only issue I see – and you guys have been there so you know – is the accommodation options when you get to Mayari or if you decide to stop half way. If you stay in a casa particular in Holguin then the owner there will be able to phone ahead to the next casa down the line. FYI – the Smith book does not have info on Route 123 from Holguin down to Mayari.

      If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, take a look at the Google Earth view of Route 123 (the Carretera Mayari) to get an idea of the ride. It looks like you’ll be cycling past a lot of farmland and some wooden areas! I can’t imagine the traffic is any different than it was four years ago – it was all but non-existent once I left the towns behind!

      I am not sure how many km you put in daily but you’re looking at 90 km from Holgiun to Mayari and 100 from Mayari to Moa.

      Enjoy the ride and the scenery! I am getting ready for another island bike ride – one around Tasmania.

      BTW send me the link – if there is one – to your Cuba rides and I will include them in my posts. It would be good for potential cyclists to be directed to more up-to-date reports!

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