Tasman Leader : September 12th 2013
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With Summer just around the corner it's time to be inspired. 5594750AE Pair grin and bear it across Canada Journey start: Niel and Adi Coventry-Brown at the start of their 7500km ride across Canada. By HELEN MURDOCH Holiday is not really the right word to use in relation to Niel and Adi Coventry-Brown's recent cycle tour across Canada. The Waimea West couple con- quered 7500 kilometres of moun- tains, heat, rain, illness, injury and cancelled ferries in a tight 61-day schedule which saw them cycle up to 170km a day to make their flight home late last month. It was the 19th country the cou- ple have traversed by bike since they met in 1983. Carrying 30 kilograms of gear each, the couple started out from Vancouver before crossing into the United States at Ontario where they cycled to the Atlantic sea- board before crossing back into Canada at Nova Scotia. This is not a holiday -- this is an adventure,'' Adi said. It was more like a route march with the couple sticking to a rigid regime of daily kilometres in order to make their scheduled departure date. But the journey is not a hard- ship to Adi. The feeling of achievement and the adrenaline buzz is just so amazing. I have a massive feeling of achievement on a daily basis during the whole trip. At the end of it I thought Wow -- I have just crossed a continent -- no-one can take that away from me'.'' Adi, 53, said she was showing women they did not have to be skinny and young to achieve. She said Niel started cycle tour- ing when he was 12 years old. His mother used to give him a note to show campground owners that he was not running away from home. He introduced me to cycling and now I'm an addict as well.'' The couple, who have no chil- dren and are mortgage free, sold their cars before their most recent trip -- not to raise money but because their vehicles were not being used. They both work for understand- ing employers who give them time off to pursue their cycling adven- tures and live carefully while they save money and s plan for the next trip away. The couple picked Canada for their trip this year after both los- ing bikes while travelling over- seas last year -- Adi's was stolen in Vietnam while they were cycling South East Asia and Niel's was lost in transit by an airline when he flew from South America to Morocco. She said Canada seemed poor compared to her expectations. I expected it to be quite upmar- ket -- but it wasn't. Canadians drove older cheaper vehicles and half the population live below the poverty line. A lot of businesses were closed and boarded up -- it was only second-hand shops, pubs and car yards. It was a bit of an eye opener.'' The Canadians they met were reserved but friendly -- very much like New Zealanders, she said. The biggest buzz for Adi was the bears. You see bears on the side of the road -- they'd be grazing away and not the least bit bothered.'' With no vehicle back-up the couple had to make up lost time for bike break-downs and pedal an extra 300 kilometres when they found a ferry they planned to catch to Nova Scotia stopped run- ning in 2011. And they could not sit around and rest when facing gale-force headwinds, food poisoning or super-hot days. The couple are now saving for their 2015 to Europe where they plan to start from Scandinavia and head to France where they hope to ride in the historic, gruel- ling non-stop 1200km Paris-Brest- Paris cycling event. Anyone can tour if you are cyc- ling fit,'' said Adi. Age is no barrier.''
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