Remi Dion was spotted by Islander photographer Rob Swanson last Monday biking on Route 2 in North Hero. Remi was on a bike trek to Boston, MA from Montreal, a 300 kilometer (372 mile) ride in subzero wind chills. Dion told The Islander he undertook the journey as a project.
Along the way, he contacted Swanson to keep Islanders updated on his progress.
“I’m on my way to be in Boston by Thursday evening but my toes are a bit cold and my ankle hurts a bit.
The sunny hours are short, so I’ve been up as it rises around 7:15 and get on the road by 9 a.m., just the time to pack up my gear and tent. Yes, I have been sleeping outside.
Tonight is my first night in the warmth of a home, a host from the website warmshowers.org which puts cyclists and hosts in touch”.
Thursday morning Dion in an email to Swanson wrote, “Last day on the bike. Brisk morning, greeted by a police officer to check my identity. I’ll be in Boston tonight, only ~90km (55mi) to go.
Thanks to your post, I was invited to a monthly gathering of the Cambridge cycling community, organized by CrimsonBikes. That should be fun. I’ll send a pic when I arrive, probably on Friday morning though, to have some sunlight.”
On Friday morning, we received Remi’s final update, “I arrived in Boston Thursday evening as planned. There is a big snow storm forecasted for Sunday. I was lucky with the little wind and bright skies I’ve had. The weather has been really good to me.
I made some great encounters and your one of them. Your pictures made it to Boston. A group of cyclist who bike from Boston to Montreal every month of May for 5 days reached out to me thanks to you! All the Best.”