Jo was born in Canada but grew up in England and the US before returning to Canada when she was 18. Arriving back in Canada in the middle of winter and standing at a bus stop in -30C thinking she was about to perish made her wonder if she had made the right decision.
She studied Geology and Database Programming but after many years of working in these fields decided that office life really wasn't for her and moved to France to work in a vineyard. She now lives near Toulouse in the glorious, sunny southwest of France and when not cycling enjoys trips to the nearby Pyrennes hiking, climbing and back-country skiing. By the happy coincidence of being the only female and the youngest member by about 20 years, Jo is also the unofficial mascot of her local cycling club.
Jo has travelled widely in Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America. An avid cyclist since a young age her most recent bicycle touring trips have been to the Philippines, Andalucia and Patagonia.