~Expeditions do not always have to be solitary ventures, as true happiness is often shared~
My baby brother, Liam, who is not such a baby anymore, and his friend, Jake, are soon to set off on the ultimate small-space-living adventure. The two of them plan to ski out their front doors in Jasper, Alberta, Canada, and travel along the Great Divide by foot to Mexico, where they will complete their journey on bicycle. Their transcontinental trip will incorporate 3 self-propelled sports – skiing, hiking, and cycling – all while utilizing a backpacker’s tent for shelter. And I imagine a very stinky tent at that….
According to Liam and Jake, their endeavors are both adventure-seeking and educational: “Through this trip, we will travel through areas we have only heard about and seen postcards of. We will discover lands in our own country we didn’t even know existed. We hope to experience local cultures, and meet interesting people. Since the trip will include three different countries, we will be able to compare Canada to other nations, thereby hopefully gaining new insight and perspective on our home.”
You can follow their progress on their blog: A DoorStep Adventure. They plan to begin late-April, and finish roughly at the end of the year.
The pair have calculated the cost, and it’s hefty, as I’m sure you can imagine. If you would like to donate to their adventure, you can make donations here. Any amount (even $1) is appreciated! As an added bonus, a donation of $75 or more will earn you a fancy new hat, knitted by the one and only Liam Harrap. Here I am in my very own Liam creation. As you can see, the fit is spectacular.
Another way you can help these two, is by joining the journey yourself. They hope to share portions of the trail with new and old friends, and if you’re willing, provide a stop for a shower and some shelter…. “If you live on the Great Divide/Rockies in either Canada or the USA and are willing to let two possibly grubby gentleman (only when we first arrive, after a shower I am sure we will be quite sparkling and merry) stay a night or two in your home, that would help us enormously! We have our sleeping pads, so all we would need is a comfy floor and some cheery company. ”
Happy travels, Jake and Liam!!
Lots of love, from your favorite sister (and your friend’s favorite sister).