We are a family of four from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, bike-exploring Western Europe, Colombia, Cuba, and the Western United States and Canada for a year. We started August 1, 2015 and finish July 26, 2016. Our kids, Anna Sierra and Jasper, are 12 and 9 respectively. You can learn about Jasper here and Anna Sierra here.
Derek is a high school teacher of outdoor education and a guidance counselor, who also taught Canadian geography and history for 12 years. He has a passion for bicycling, and road bikes, tours, mountain bikes, and commutes to work by bike. Also, he runs the mountain bike club at the high school where he works and also volunteers at a local community bike shop, Re-Cycles Community Bike Shop.
Kathleen has worked as a writer, editor, English professor, and currently works as an advocate and planner for sustainable transportation — she recently worked planning Ottawa’s Bike to Work Month in 2015, and will return to that job after our trip. She is passionate about all things bike, but especially commuting and using the bike for daily transportation. She doesn’t have her driver’s license, and doesn’t want it!