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Quick update. For those who don’t know yet: I’m currently cycling the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route! I somehow didn’t come around updating my blog for this trip.

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And I am not carrying my laptop over the Rockies, so I won’t be blogging on a regular basis like I did last year while cycling across Canada. But I am posting pictures on Instagram whenever I can, so that’ll be my mini-blog for this trip. I actually added a link to my recent Instagram posts on the top right of my blog (or down below in the footer if you are on the mobile version). So if you’re interested in following my trip, go to  @maartenvanhaverbeke on Instagram. If you’re wondering what the Great Divide is about, I can highly recommend this short film.

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a new blog?!

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This photo was taken during my bicycle tour across the US last summer. The dirt road I was on is actually not part of the TransAmerica Trail. My WarmShowers host in Silverthorne, Colorado had advised me to take this scenic route over Ute Pass. The rain started pouring down on me when I reached the top. And as I was going downhill I started to discover the true meaning of the word dirtroad. I wasn’t in the best of moods when all of a sudden I saw two other touring cyclists in front of me. Out there in the middle of nowhere?! Apparently the road I was cycling on was part of another ACA bicycle route: the Great Divide Route. Those two people, father and daughter, had been cycling on these kind of roads all the way from Canada! Their feet were soaked and they were highly jealous of my waterproof overshoes. But the weather couldn’t bring down their joyful mood. And as it started to clear up a bit after we said goodbye it came to me how beautiful it actually was around me. Of course it didn’t take long before I started dreaming about cycling the Great Divide one day…

That day isn’t here yet. But I might find myself on that route again this summer and maybe even ride the Canadian part of it. Before I’ hit Rockies, there are many kilometers to be ridden though. We’ll see where the road takes me. Halifax, Nova Scotia is where my journey starts. In two days!

I hereby officially launch my new bicycle touring blog. You’ll find a lot of information about me, my passion for cycling and photography, my past bicycle tours and my Canadian plans. In the next months I’ll be journaling about my journey across Canada on this blog.

p.s.: Up untill this date we Belgians still speak either Dutch (like me) or French. Obviously I have a solid knowledge of the English language, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging in it. But my writing skills aren’t impeccable. So I’d like to apologize in advance to all native English readers for any wrong sentence structures or weird formulations they might come across. Luckily photos are language-free.