Taiwanese man follows his dream through South Dundas

A Taiwanese man’s dream to cycle around the world has taken him many places, including here to South Dundas.

Forty-three year old Jason Tang was welcomed by James Chan to his Lakeshore Drive home just outside of Morrisburg.

Chan knew of Tang’s journey that has taken him to Australia and New Zealand, through the Taiwanese Association of Canada. “He’s from Taiwan like myself,” said Chan. 

When Chan learned that Tang was cycling in this area, he welcomed him to stay.

Tang overnighted here August 31, setting off to continue his journey across Canada, September 1. 

It took one hour for Tang to make it from Morrisburg to Upper Canada Village, where he stopped for a photo op.

Tang started the Canadian leg of his journey earlier this year in Vancouver, and hopes to get to Halifax as soon as possible. From there, he plans to travel to Boston and then on to Mexico.

Chan explained that Tang, is cycling completely alone, with no support vehicles. “On his bike he carries about 60 kilos of luggage, and he only weighs about 70 kilos himself.”

Chan was amazed at the luggage that included everything he needs to set up camp, cook and perform the necessary maintenance on his bicycle.

“He has such determination and dedication to follow his dreams,” said Chan. 

Tang also travels with his erhu; a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, somewhat like a fiddle, often busking along the way to pay for his next meal.