Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Biking Vikings

I always knew there was something a little different about Erik. Recently, there was his three hour weekend bike ride in -25C in the dark. This summer, he rode his bike home Cheif Chiniki (100km?) after running 16km in 69 minutes. Last winter, he rode his bike from Banff to Lake Louise in -25C in the dark and then snowboarded all day. Some people look down on "doing things the hard way", but not Erik. Instead, he seeks out to make things he does more difficult.

I assumed he inherited this gene from his dad, who is also tough as nails (think Ekimov, without the mullet) and willingly subject himself to incomprehensible challenges (riding 600km in under 40 hours). But I'm starting to think this craziness runs beyond the Bakke gene. Maybe it's a viking phenomena?

Check this out:

I'll admit I've toyed with the idea of riding my bike across Canada. It will happen one day. In the summer. This guy is riding his bike across Canada right NOW. It's worth taking a few minutes to read his blog. Pretty amazing.

If you've got an extra few minutes, you might also get a kick out of some of the picture's he's got posted on


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