Wheel Adventures

David Sovka

David Sovka

Way, waaaaay past his prime, David Sovka is a Victoria-based writer who loves to explore the forgotten corners of the map, and to be left the hell alone.

Alas, his wife and best friend insists that he do so in sensible shoes and a crash helmet.

This winter, Sovka is writing about cycle tours to sunny, exotic places by average, middle-aged Victorians — to be precise, himself and his wife, Roseanne Sovka.

  • Wheel Adventures: Smooth cycling and a dodgy detour in Panama

    To paraphrase Groucho, outside of a dog, a bicycle is man’s best friend; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to cycle. On the long, slow climb (of course there’s a head wind!) to the town of Boquete in western Panama, I no longer feel as though my bicycle is my best friend. In point of fact, I hate this bike. Specifically, the seat, which I feel is not, er … appropriately distributing the load, as it were.

    David SovkaMarch 24, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: In Costa Rica, a jungle farm welcomes cyclists

    A small lizard is doing a slow-motion dance just off my starboard bow. That is to say, three feet from where my hammock nearly scrapes bottom, a tiny reptile is slowly lifting one leg, then another. . .

    David SovkaMarch 17, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Homestay delights but insects a fright in Costa Rica

    In anticipation of cycling across Central America, I shelled out $125 for a couple of tubs of elite performance-enhancing powder from the dirty hippies at my local health food store. No, not heroin. . .

    David SovkaMarch 10, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Costa Rican wildlife is sure to get you

    Today is my 51st birthday, and I’m celebrating the occasion on the toilet, shivering in the 35 C heat, feeling like somebody took a ball-peen hammer to every joint in my body. I want to cry, but . . .

    David SovkaMarch 3, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Escaping winter in Nicaragua's historic Granada

    January in Canada always feels to me like a very long Monday morning. After the fun and freedom of the Christmas holidays you have to get up early and go back to school or work. It’s cold outside, . . .

    David SovkaFebruary 24, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: A trek to Che Guevara's cave

    Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole! Samuel Taylor Coleridge may have been a bipolar drug addict, but he knew what he was talking about when he wrote that line about sleep in . . .

    David SovkaFebruary 17, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: How to roll a cigar and make the best pina colada

    ‘After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution…” says Rainer, with his usual reflexive patriotism, or, more likely, the fruit of years of state-sponsored indoctrination. But this time, he peters out, . . .

    David SovkaFebruary 10, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Hot slog in Cuba leads to surprise serenade

    Soroa is not so much a town as a cluster of houses stretched along five kilometres of rough, hilly road not far from Autopista Este-Oeste, the main east-west highway. We luck out in accommodation. . .

    David SovkaFebruary 3, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Big hills, small animals and a Cuban country lunch

    ¡Vamos chando! “After the triumph of the Cuban Revolution…” says Rainer, “many excellent roads were constructed. Unfortunately, today we ride this one.” He points to the road ahead, smiles, and . . .

    David SovkaJanuary 27, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: A made-up Lennon legacy and other reasons to pedal around Cuba

    ¡Cuba, si! There are many good reasons to visit Cuba. I mean aside from the obvious: It is a laidback Caribbean island with music in its heart, poetry on its mind and a cigar in its mouth. It is . . .

    David SovkaJanuary 20, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Listening to ghosts at the Alhambra

    Over long distances, our group spreads out along the road according to each person’s natural rhythms, by which I mean leg cramps, neck pain and aversion to developing terrible piles. And also . . .

    David SovkaJanuary 13, 2018

  • Wheel Adventures: Seven tickets to a smokin’ adventure

    Spain is not Italy, which is my delicate way of suggesting that if you go for the food, don’t. In busy big cities and tourist zones, food is expensive and not particularly amazing. In sleepy small . . .

    David SovkaJanuary 6, 2018

  • Help me, Ronda: A cyclist's quest for shade in Andalucia

    Today is the day I wonder about dying. To be clear, while catching my breath on the side of the road, I consider how death might be preferable to the shaking in my hands and legs, the . . .

    David SovkaDecember 30, 2017

  • Wheel Adventures: Cyclist of Seville

    Our very first ride is a wee 15-kilometre tour of Seville on locally rented bikes. They are too small, and a bit clunky, but have seats and the brakes work, so we’re off to explore the . . .

    David SovkaDecember 23, 2017

  • Wheel Adventures: A middle-aged Victorian tries cycling in Andalucia

    At any point during the West Coast winter, when all there is cold rain, and darkness, and the Trump administration south of the border, the notion of cycling across Andalucía seems like a pretty . . .

    David SovkaDecember 16, 2017




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