CYCLING UP THE MISSISSIPPI

Most people can tell you where the mouth of the Mississippi River is located. It is where the Mardi Gras city of New Orleans sees the river waters flow into the Caribbean.

Anybody know where the source of this mighty river is to be found?

It begins over 4000 kilometers north in a lake in northern Minnisota. This largest river system in North America flows virtually the entire length of the United States.

We had two very adventurous ladies from the Netherlands pitch up to our Toronto Hostel after following the river by bicycle from its mouth to its source. (That’s uphill for the entire journey).

Bernadette Snyders Blok and Yolanda de Waal, both of Amsterdam , are no strangers to long-distance cycling. For years, they have toured much of Europe and have even challenged the roads of Peru.

This latest adventure has taken them from the Mississippi Delta to Northern Ontario and finally to our hostel in Toronto. It has been a trip of just over three months.

Bernadette and Yolanda have been joined in Toronto by three neices who will accompany them on the final leg to Montreal via Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. This final leg will likely involve over 500 more miles by pedal power.

Only one of their neices will join them on their tour via bicycle. Two others have rented a vehicle and will drive the route to Quebec in support of the adventurous cyclists.

Long distance cyclist share certain traits: They possess a unique sense of adventure. And they are extremely fit! Both Yolanda and Bernadette are no exception.

These two ladies have one more thing going for them. They are incredibly lucky. So far on their epic journey (6000 kilometer – and counting) they have had mostly great weather and only one flat tire!

Cycling missisipi - Canadiana Backpackers Inn - Toronto backpacker hostels in canada

Cycling missisipi - Canadiana Backpackers Inn - Toronto backpacker hostels in canada


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