As a 75 year old cyclist from Iowa, USA, I am planning a bicycle tour from Maine to Newfoundland and return during 2019, my eighth such long distance tour since retirement. When pedaling across my homeland there are plenty Warmshowers hosts willing to be an oasis for a road-weary rider to enjoy a shower and possibly a lumpy couch, or a safe patch of grass upon which one can pitch a tent after a long day. Hosts are also my source for local routes, connections and things to see.
Next summer's ride routes through the eastern Canadian Provinces which possess very few Warmshowers members and it feels as if I will be out there all alone. Due to my age, this will be a one shot deal to the far north and I don't want to miss any points of interest. Any local area contact and information is welcome and I thank you in advance.
Not understood by many, the most important function of Hosting is social. A bicycle tour is not just about beautiful sunsets and wonderful vistas. I have experienced many awe inspiring sights but learned right away that the major enjoyments of my rides were the like-minded people and hosts met along the way. Residents are the cultural reflection of an area and making new acquaintances and friendships is such an enriching experience, so much better than camping in a park and/or meeting no one while there. That is just passing through. We grow through interaction, not isolation.