Let’s Roll Travel Blog Interview:
LR: What song title best describes you?
JB: I’ll go with a Canadian classic and cliché: “If I Had a Million Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies. It’s suitable, as I am a bit of a dreamer and love to think up ultimate trips. My bucket list includes racing the Dakar Rally, cycling Paris to Bangkok and skiing Greenland. It’d all take time and money.
LR: Do you have any travel plans set in stone for 2014?
JB: Yes. I’m planning to ride the Tour Divide bike race this year, which is this silly long-distance mountain bike race that goes from Banff, Alberta — about three hours south of me — all the way to the Mexico border. It’s about 4,500 kilometers, and it’s just a single stage endurance race, so you start as a group, and the first one to the Mexico border wins.
It’s self-supported, so you have to carry your own gear, and you’re allowed to stock up on food in the towns, but you’re not allowed to mail yourself anything. It’s supposed to be just like you’re out riding it by yourself, but there’s the added competition of doing it in a hurry.