Kirsten Kaarsoo - Member Profile - CycleBlaze

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Kirsten Kaarsoo


Title Ratings
Gorging in France ...Then Basquing in the Pyrenees - 2023 5537
A Wilde Ride In Salzkammergut - May 2022 328
Fire On The Mountain - A Small Section of the Great Divide Ride 2021 137
Rolling in the Rockies - Highwood Loop 2021 31
Before the Ice Age - Cypress Hills 2020 199
9 1/2 Weeks - Copenhagen to Lecce 2019 3719
Hey Buddy, You're Going the Rhone Way - Rhone Source to Sea 2018 108
Get It While It Lasts... A Big Loop Through Europe 2017 323
And Then We Pedalled...... Cross Canada 2015 292


I did my first cycle tour around Lac St Jean, Quebec with a group of friends ranging in age from 13 (me) to 17 in 1976! We were a motley crew with homemade bikes, new Canadian Tire 'supercycles' and everything in between. We camped and stayed with friends and had a wonderful time. I didn't do any other touring until about 1981 or 82, When 2 girlfriends and I set off from the West Island Montreal and toured through the Eastern townships, the Green and White Mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. We mostly camped that trip. 

I generally used my bicycle as transport and did not really do anymore touring until I met my husband, Lyle McLeod.  We then did shorter trips of 2 weeks which fit into the working life. Children then followed and we did a couple of trips on tandems doing the Sea to Sea trip (C to C) from Whitehaven to Robin Hood Bay and then Sweden. 

Now the we are happily retired, Lyle and I now try to do a longer tour every second year.