“My daughter, you are a grown up woman. Getting on a bicycle in a skirt is inappropriate, especially around these young men. Go home and wear proper clothing. The two of you are grown up women and should not be on a bicycle.”
We went home and told our parents, in search of sympathy. Instead, they told us to stop bicycling around, as we needed to begin behaving in a more ‘proper’ and ‘appropriate’ way for women. My bicycle was given to my younger brother and I was left with a yearning for the next 13 years.
I threw myself into school, replacing the physical freedom of my bicycle with the freedom found inside books. Reading became my escape. I excelled in school and university. After a lot of hard work, I received a scholarship from Carleton University in 2002 for my Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
The first order of business for me was bicycling – which I did on Day One, using a colleague’s bicycle. I made quite a comical sight – as it was a man’s bicycle and he was a foot taller than me! I didn’t care. Words cannot describe how I felt the moment I got on that bicycle — what a rush of excitement, freedom, and joy!
On the day I was told to stop bicycling, I could never have imagined that one day I would be free to bicycle again in my beautiful home, Canada. I started Escape Bicycle Tours in 2015 to share with you the joy and freedom of bicycling in nature. Escape Bicycle Tours is about unwinding from our daily hectic pace. It’s about celebrating our freedom to explore and connect with our Canadian heritage, magnificent nature, history, and culture on our bicycles!
Plan your next Escape with us for a few hours, one day or a couple of days, and discover some magnificent ‘hidden gems’ in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions. Together, we’ll explore beautiful urban and rural landscapes, museums, farms, great local cafes, and bakeries at a leisurely pace.
It will be fun! Plenty of fun!