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  • Keywords
    • Memoir,
    • Grief,
    • Cycling and extreme sports,
    • Travel,
    • Western Canada,
    • Facing challenges,
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Look Ma, No Hands
by Christina Laflamme

On Saturday, June 27th, 2020, after 105 days of Covid-isolation alone in my tiny, single-souled apartment in Toronto, I took off on my old Raleigh bicycle, packing nothing but some bike tools, camping gear, and a change of clothes. In search of some personal sanity amidst a global pandemic, I headed for Vancouver, by myself, nearly five thousand kilometers away. The day after I left, however, my mother died. My relationship with my mother had been complicated. Her sudden death was completely unexpected and left me with many unsaid words, unanswered questions, and unfinished business. Mom, how do I write our final chapter and find peace for us without your help or input? I hadn't a clue. However, with her ashes in tow (mom riding VIP up front on the handlebars), somehow I was - we were - going to have to figure it out. And this is how my solo journey from Toronto to Vancouver became a bicycle ride for two. But could I, at the age of forty-five, after not having been on a bike for four years, just get up and ride thousands of kilometres across the country and then up the skyscraping mountain range of the Canadian Rockies? Especially after only three training rides to prepare? There was only one way to find out. Ready, Mom? Let’s go...

"In Look Ma, No Hands, Christina Laflamme takes readers on a vicarious journey across Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver on her bicycle. The book is a moving story of perseverance, determination and self-discovery, told with honesty and eloquence." - Adam Shoalts, author of the #1 bestseller Alone Against the North

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Christina Laflamme was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, studied french literature at York University, is an elementary school french teacher, and has called Toronto home for nearly thirty years. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2020 and is a proud member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Christina enjoys hiking, biking, camping, climbing, running, singing, reading, and writing. Her motto is "tout est possible." This is her second book.


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