Juvimax adventures

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Here we go again

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (46)

Every time I look on here it has been a few years since the last post. ALso, every time I tell myself that I'm going to update the page and do all these things.. and then life happens and it gets forgotten.

This time I'm hoping to be a bit more serious in my ambitions. 

FIrst of all, we'll be changing Vimaxadventures to Juvimax Adventures as we do have a little man (who is 4 years old alread) named Justin who needs to have his name incorporated in this! In case you didn't kno...

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the life of many adventures

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Here we are, it is January 2016 and after 5 years of absence it is time to update!

We've had some amazing adventures in the past 5 years, from witnessing major geological changes in our area to having our third son Justin in 2012 to megapackrafting, cyclotouring adventures with the kids to starting a business adventure in roasting coffee.

More details on all of those and more. But for now, let's get this site back in to shape!

happy trails,

Leandra

It's been a busy while

Posted on November 15, 2009 at 8:08 PM Comments comments (0)

November 15, 2008

 

It has been a busy while for us!

We have very much enjoyed working at the winery. as everything comes to an end, so did working there.

We spent 3 weeks working on our house, converting our open space second floor into 4 beautiful bedrooms.

 

Just 2 weeks ago we have spent some time with the kids in France. The boys enjoyed their little cycling holidays this summer so much, they asked to go again. Thankfully the weather was perm...

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Our adventures never end (and we don't want them to)

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't even remember when we arrived back in Canada. It mus have been the 8th of September. 


Since then, we have been busy in our current adventure. We are in southern British Columbia, in the Okanagan region, working in a vineyard. The vineyard is owned by some good friends. They are just starting, and so there is lots to do and learn, for them and for us! We have been helping them in the field, we hang nets (so the birds don't eat...

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Remembering Nanook

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

August 24, 2009

 

Today it has been a year since our best friend Nanook passed away. Together with the kids we have baked some dogshaped cookies, and looked at Nanook's pictures, to remember our friend.

Thinking back of the same day last year, it feels like it was just yesterday that we were riding that rollercoaster of life changing events....

At the time, we were ready to go to Siberia, where we planned to cycle for 3 months. Philippe wo...

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Cycling with the kids

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM

August 15, 2009

Cycling in France with the kids.

 

Our last week has been busy, we are enjoying our time with the kids in France.

We just returned from a 4 day cycling adventure with Victor and Maxime. Maxime had broken his arm just one week before Philippe and I arrived, therefore he was not capable of cycling. Luckily we still had the dogtrailer that was once supposed to be for Nanook. We transformed ...

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Easy travellers recipe to change from pastas

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

August 13, 2009

A traveller's tip to change from pastas

 

I have decided to give you one of our special travelling recipes. While we travel it is often impossible to carry along fresh food due to many circomstances.

In Egypt, we came across a traditional dish that is actually a mix of lots of stuff. It doesn't look very attractive, but the taste is great.

As we were cycling from France to N...

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Egilsstadir to Reykjavik

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM

August 7, 2009

Egilsstadir to Reykjavik and back to France

90 days 7500km

 

The windgods have been playing with us on our last stretch. Lucky for us it has been mostly in the back. It would push us at 44 km/h! No wonder why cyclists going the other way were taking the bus! Once arrived in Vik, the most southern point of Iceland, the wind was so strong that on the camping, some tents were litterally danc...

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Akureyri to Egilsstadir

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

July 20, 2009

Akureyri to Egilsstadir

 

81 days, 6800 km

 

25 km after leaving Akureyri, just after climbing a long steep pass, Philippe blew his rear tire on a sharp rock. We used the one and only spare tire to replace the broken one. Knowing we would be spending lots of time cycling rough roads in the weeks to come, we decided to ditch the bikes and hitchike back to Akureyri and get a new spare tire. 3 hours, 4 rides a...

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Varmahlio to Akureyri

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

July 7, 2009

 

We arrived in Akureyri the beginning of the afternoon.

We will now be heading towards the area of Myvatn lake, spend a couple of days exploring the area around the lake and towards the Krafla volcano. After this, we will go back into the Interior where we hope to make our way over unbridged roads and tracks to the Askja volcano. We will then decide where to go from there. We might take some tracks to visit ice caves dug into the Va...

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Keflavik to Varmahlio

Posted on July 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM

July 6, 2009

Keflavik - Varmahlio, via the Kjolur and other interior higlands roads.

 

6 days and 500km on this stretch, 6100 km and 65 days since we left from France.

 

We arrived safely in Reykjavik on June 30. We had quite a surprise though, when our bicycles were brought into the luggage area. The boxes were exploded open! We were not happy at all but thankfully nothing was lost and the bikes seemed ok.

We packe...

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On our way to Iceland

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM Comments comments (0)

June 29, 2009

En route to Iceland, leg 5

 

 

We've had 5 days for regrouping. Our time has been spent fixing up the bikes, doing research on the internet, taking little walks and reading.

 

We fixed the freewheel problem on Philippe's bicycle. We looked at it with a bicycle mechanic and decided to buy a new wheel instead of just replacing the freewheel for which we (and the bike mechanic) had no tools.

Leandra ...

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Sortland to Nordkapp

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

June 24, 2009

Sortland - Nordkapp (North cape)

 

5534 km from Southern france to the Northernmost point in Europe, cycled in 54 days.

 

We had bad weather leaving Sortland, but the wild rugged coast with waves pounding the rocks alongside us was a true enjoyment. We followed the westcoast of Andøya, there was barely any traffic and very enjoyable. We reached Andenes from where we took an hour long wavy ferry ride. An hour...

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Bodo to Sortland

Posted on June 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

June 15, 2009

Bodø - Sortland

 

4700km in 46 days

 

Just after writing the last news, we took the ferry from Bodø to Moskenes, Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands have even more dramatic landscapes than the western fjords thanks to sharper and higher mountains.

We have caught up with the time and are now certain that we will make it to Northcape in time. Therefore we can now take it a bit easier. This mor...

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Tynset to Bodo

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM

June 12, 2009

Tynset - Bodø

 

We have pedalled 4500km in 43 days.

As much as we were supposed to have rain, we were totally not prepared for snow! 3 days in a row we had cold weather with lots of snow. Reaching the coast the snow turned into rain and thankfully stopped once we arrived in Trondheim. Even though it was snowy and rainy, from underneath our hoods, the scenery was still very nice.

In Trondheim we got some spar...

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Halmstad to Tynset

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

June 2, 2009

Halmstad (Sweden) - Tynset (Norway)

 

We have pedalled a total of 3472km in 32 days.

 

We cycled southwestern Sweden, more or less following the coast. We reached the Norwegian border about 100km east of Oslo and since then have been cycling northbound in the central mountains aiming for Trondheim and the western fjords.

Though Sweden is the size of France and has only 9 million inhabitants, the roads...

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