Watercolour Map Generator

Our cycling region as a watercolour painting generated on-line at maps.stamen.com. Just type a location and voila… choose from other cool effects such as “toner” or “burning map”


The watercolour option is available worldwide. Print out maps of places that you’ve cycled…would make great wall art or gift!


Map of Greater Saint John and the Kingston Peninsula

I’m new to WordPress!

I’ve just recently learned that my previous blogging platform (posterous) is shutting down so I’ve migrated all of my content here! Hope you enjoy GIVE HER THE GEARS – Route maps and Thoughts from a Saint John Cycling Enthusiast.


As luck would have it…

Mother nature was on our side today. Got out for our second annual St Patrick’s Day ride. Covered 10.4 km. My husband bought a new Garmin Edge 200 GPS so we had fun looking at our stats when we got home. It tracks everything and gives a very cool map of route and elevation. Neat!

We’ve plugged our 2012 goal in to Garmin as well… 2000 km! We’re 0.5% there already!


My story of "out of town strange"

If you’ve ever watched Two & a Half Men you may be familiar with this phrase…but I’m not talking about the same thing as Charlie Harper. I’m talking about biking in the White Mountains last summer. We got tickets to see Joan Armatrading at the Stone Mountain Arts Centre in Brownfield Maine (amazing venue). Of course we were at the height of cycling season so we had to bring our bikes along.

We were not working with a topographical map. As you can imagine a regular map gives you very little indication of the climbs that you might face. But, seeing that we were in the White Mountains we expected a few hills. Little did we know that about 2/3rds in to our 20 mile bike ride we would face a climb like none we’d ever seen before. It kept going up and up. Once you start up a big mountain you’re kind of committed and you always think that the top must be just around the next corner. Well, we did eventually reach the top to face an amazing ride down a nicely paved road parallel to the King Pine ski hill. What a rush!


20 mile loop, Eaton N.H., White Mountains.
(B) is the approx end of the ascent and the start of the decent down King Pine.
(C) is the Inn at Crystal Lake. Beautiful place to stay.

Rockwood Loop – 17km

Cycling is a great way to explore your local area, reduce your carbon footprint, get in shape and earn that piece of “insert your favourite food here”.

This is a maps illustrating one of our favourite cycling routes in and around the city. Most of the rides we do on a regular basis are fairly hilly. Hard to avoid the hills in and around Saint John.

Rockwood Loop