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He's making the trip on his own to raise awareness about non-polluting ways of transportation.
"It's important for the environment," said Dagenais-Cote, in a phone interview between Brandon and Winnipeg.
Dagenais-Cote left Vancouver Nov. 27, and hopes to make the roughly 5,000-kilometre trip by the beginning of January. He planned to be in Winnipeg late Sunday night.
"I think it will have a bigger impact if I do it in winter," he said, explaining that people will see that it is possible to ride bikes year round.
On a good day, Dagenais-Cote can do between 150 to 200 kilometres a day. But, the winter cold snap that has hit the prairies and strong headwinds can slow him down to about 90 kilometres.
The young man, who's planning on attending the University of Montreal in the fall, sleeps most nights outside in a tent with a sleeping bag that's good for -30 temperatures. "It's cold, but I have a lot of gear," said Dagenais-Cote.
He carries the tent, his sleeping bag, a small oven, food, clothes and a foam mattress on his bike.
-- Brandon Sun