I was at the LBS (espresso cycles) yesterday, picking up some parts to get one of our recumbents back on the road when I noticed a fully loaded touring bike in the shop, with bulging panniers and a very neat one wheel trailer. Talking to the only other customer in the store at the time, it turns out that the bike was his. Felipe was on tour and had ridden all the way from Tofino.
(sorry about the crap picture)
I noticed a couple of other things about his setup. One was that the Fuji touring bike looked brand new, even though all the touring gear was well used. It turns out that his old bike died in Toronto, and this was a replacement. It didn’t come up in conversation, but the proprietor, Victor, donated the bike to get Felipe back on the road. I knew Victor was a great guy from previous dealings, but this was just above and beyond. Also, he had a brand new YNOT pannier. One of his other panniers was stolen in Niagara Falls, and YNOT gave him a new one at their pannier party last week.
Finally, I noticed the guitar stashed in a pannier. It turns out that Felipe is on a “Bass and Bikes tour“. He said that he was headed out east, with plans to go to Iceland, and onwards across Europe. Best of luck, Felipe!
The other bike person of note that will be passing through is Joseph Boutilier, who is riding a unicycle from Victoria to Ottawa to draw further attention to climate change.
He has a couple of events while he is town. He will arrive in Richmond Hill tomorrow, and he will be giving a talk on Thursday night at the Friends House downtown. Additionally, he plans to show up to Critical Mass this Friday, so come on out!
Two committed cyclists on trips of a lifetime. Also, between the two of them, they are doing it on an average of two wheels each;)