Asking Canadians if we can sleep in their homes // Cycling to Argentina 7
after three months and over 2 000 miles of cycling from the top of Alaska, we found ourselves in British Columbia, Canada. it was now October and winter was fast approaching. we knew it was coming but nothing could have prepared us for how quickly things changed, as we soon found ourselves completely out of our depth. so we're now cycling into a blizzard that's gonna go on all night and dump over a foot of snow we don't know where we're going to Camp yet tonight but the road's starting to get dangerous so we're gonna try and find a friendly looking house and see if they'll take us in for the night. in this episode we find ourselves at the mercy of the elements and
completely reliant on the kindness and generosity of people we would encounter along the way what have you decided we said that I couldn't decide if I want to go all the way to Argentina until three months of riding. I needed to see for myself if I like it or not and I love it so I decided today, three months, I'm going to Argentina. are you crying? hi there we're traveling on our bicycles and we were hoping to find a spot to camp by now we're wondering if you have any flat land that we could just put our tent up for the night? thank you so much we really appreciate it, saved us thank you so much to Debbie and Lothar for hosting us, those guys have cycled all the way to Ushuaia on recumbent bicycles so they had a lot of good advice for us we've got a problem my rear rack is broken it's just completely come off it's definitely snowing definitely We're now heading out of Fraser Lake, we've got some very wet snow so we've got our Wally gloves covered in plastic bags which is doing the job yeah pretty cold day but not too bad what's the good news I received a message one way or another we will find a warm dry place for you. Thats so good!
so today has been really quite tough we've had some really bad weather um everything's good apart from our feet we just don't know how to keep them warm um we've got a thick socks on two plastic bags boots and like hand warmers inside the socks and they're still frozen solid well thank you so much well I guess we'll see you down at the store much nicer weather today thank you so much to Katryna Chris and Jayden for the amazing Hospitality we're definitely in good hands around here hello so Katie who we stayed with um just a couple nights ago asked a friend of hers if she had any spare clothes for us, any warmer clothes and they just left in the bag outside their house this very nice fleece for me so nice so last night we stayed in the trailer of a guy called Adam thank you very much Adam for the warm place I just checked the weather and in around eight days it drops to minus 19 Celsius which is temperatures were not prepared for um basically we need to get to a place called hope which is around 650 kilometers from here and until we get there we're at danger of being caught in temperatures that we're not prepared for at all so the next week or so we're gonna be gunning it for Hope which is a very appropriately named town and once we get there then will be safe and from there we'll just be riding in the coast and the coast doesn't get below freezing so that's the plan and wish us luck found a really nice campsite tonight right here beautiful view so last night was -5 I believe um it felt like it could have been lower uh I was fine but Victoria didn't sleep all night because she was just so cold and she was bundled up in all her layers sleeping bag sleeping bag liner um and it's only going to get colder from here so I think we may have to try and knock on doors from here on out until we get to Hope snowy day today we have a landslide just ahead that I'm hoping we can get the bikes around but if not then we'll be backtracking to the highway but it should be fine hopefully, we'll see the landslides there and it's very bad but there's a footpath here that they've made okay now push what's your name? my name is Jas. thank you so much Jas, this is very kind tonight we've been offered this very nice Greenhouse to camp in which is slightly heated so we won't be down below freezing tonight which will be very nice we just got to Williams Lake um the time is now 5:21 so we have around 20 minutes before Sunset we beelined to the bike shop hoping that we'd get some sympathy but we didn't so um we're looking at other options of places to stay um and I think next up we're gonna try the fire station so we'll see how that goes we've had success at the fire station um they can't let us stay here but luckily the guy we asked is the chairman of a church nearby and he said that we can go there later and sleep warm tonight so we're very happy about that because it's extremely cold right now oh no it's so good good to warm us up there is a futon down there so one of you can even claim the bed if you have a towel there's a shower oh amazing yeah it's like they built this place with cyclists in mind right um starting at noon tomorrow there's going to be a pretty ugly winter storm come through all right six to eight inches of snow tomorrow wow yeah and it's early we weren't expecting it either yeah so we've been kind of enjoying an extended summer yeah I think it's over it's the next morning we're just packing up um we're trying to set off pretty early today as there's a blizzard forecast for this afternoon so we're going to try and get to the next town before that gets too rough and then find somewhere sheltered to stay for the night it's a pretty interesting way to travel that we're completely reliant on the kindness of other people and we have no idea where we're gonna stay each night and we're just hoping that we'll roll into these towns and someone will take care of us and every time someone has so we're just hoping that we can continue this streak of luck and make it to Hope before temperatures drop too much in a few days it's supposed to drop to -20 and we're not really sure how we're going to handle that um but we've decided just to take it one day at a time and see where we get to so we're now cycling into a blizzard thats gonna go on all night and dump over a foot of snow we don't know where we're gonna Camp yet tonight but the road's starting to get dangerous so we're gonna try and find a friendly looking house and see if they'll take us in for the night thanks Chris for the gloves I don't know what I'd be doing without them to be honest and thank you Katryna for my beautiful socks they are the most beautiful thing in the world I think we should stop as soon as we see a good house there I think we should stop because it's starting to get dangerous yes I cannot see anything you guys are staying here tonight. oh no way thank you so much Gary yeah we got a suite that nobody uses but there's a bathroom in there oh yeah there's a bedroom right there awesome we just use this for the kids usually yeah we'll get you some um bedding. thank you so much that is incredible this is amazing and it's got a picture of Amsterdam with a bicycle on it what more could we ask for we've been convinced to stay and catsit for the next few days until the snow clears up and it didn't take much convincing stop it after nearly a week with Linda and Gary we're now back on the road uh we've got around a week to Hope the only thing to worry about is that the shoulders are very icy but yeah we're very excited to be back moving hello I'm just yeah worried about your flooring no no no it's it's vinyl Hello, hows it going? yeah good, we've got the fire going oh amazing so and it was Barb and what was your name? Dave. Mike and Victoria? Greg and Victoria nice to meet you thank you so much and just relax, come up when you want but if you just want to relax just go ahead We rolled into Cache Creek didn't see any churches the fire station was closed and then we saw this Motel called Tumbleweed motel and you know how could we refuse well done well done thank you we just got into this Spencer's Bridge the Sun is setting we stopped at this little RV park but they didn't have anything for us um and then just as we are riding off unsure of what we are going to do Phil pulled up, rolled down his window and started chatting to us and then offered us his trailer for the night so it's it's always just in that moment that we have no idea what we're gonna do and we're worried someone just comes and and sorts us out and takes care of us we're so lucky it's been pretty incredible so uh there's no one living here right so uh I will go home and get the keys I've got chores to do at home, my wife is blind so I've got lots of work to do So you play around here and see what you can do you can sleep in as long as you want, all day if you want. Victoria loves to sleep in
so what is your plan? We started at the top of Alaska 3 months ago. oh wow today is the first time in a while that the temperatures have been good enough to camp for the night so I'm actually really excited to have the tent back up. we've been getting a bit too comfortable we made it - woohoo! quiero falafel! (I want falafel) just cut it man talk me through what layers you've got on. okay so down I have
2 huge socks and then in my pants I have my pajamas and then my pants and in the top place where I get more cold I have my buff I have my long sleeve and then I have I have my fleece and then I have my puffy jacket and then my other fleece, my hat and I'm gonna sleep like a queen yeah you are. it's time to get rid of our bear spray so we thought we might as well give it a try you ready ? it doesn't go that far oh it's in my nose oh