Sarah Deagle, Assistant Registrar of North Island College in Campbell River won the 2015 Exodus Travels Grand Prize Cycling Trip in Europe. Here’s what she has to say about it…
Sarah Deagle took the trip with her husband, who had never been on a cycling trip before, during the first two weeks of October, 2015. Sarah has been on numerous cycling trips before but found the experience with Exodus Travels more liberating because she did not have to arrange all the details herself and she didn’t have to take her own bike from one location to another. “The excellent organization and planning undertaken by Exodus in Canada and Headquarters in Europe made me aware of how terrific organized travel can be and what you can see differently travelling in this way.”
Although she’s been on vacation cycling adventures before, Sarah says: “this trip reminded me that cycling is way BETTER than driving! It’s such a chance to connect with a place, whether the people, the landscape or the soundscape. Being on a bicycle forces you to slow down and really see what’s going on.”
Exodus Travels shares similar beliefs regarding the magic of travelling by bike. “Cycling brings out the child in many of us and a sense of wonder - as does travel. Nothing compares to the freedom of two wheels. A bike lets you travel at your own pace, has minimal environmental impact and best of all presents you with a rewarding adrenaline adventure that once finished provides an unparalleled sense of achievement,” says Robin Brooks, Marketing Manager, Exodus Travels.
Sarah adds, “And, of course, eating is a lot more fun when you have cycled 45 km during the day on your way to the destination!