The title says it all - look for MANY posts after my return in mid-August!
Trip took 25 days, covered 13,950 kms (8,668 miles), and here are a few "observations"....
The Gen 3 650s w/ their 'closed-loop' FI give EXCEPTIONAL fuel mileage! I AVERAGED about 73.1 mpgImperial (58.5 mpgUS) for the trip - FINAL figures when I do my final gas fill-up - I check mileage at
I'm still going thru my pictures, so I'll continue w/ this once I have them all. BTW - as a result of the 'changes' at PHOTOBUCKET I will NOT be using them, so my pics will come via the "drag-and-drop" file upload. I AM a 'dues-paying' user of PHOTOBUCKET, and their announcement indicates that I should have "full-service" until my next billing-date, but - NO GO, so I apologize for all my pics disappearing....:sorry:
As always, spectacular photos and interesting, well-written narrative. I've two observations having seen this "first day on the road post." One: you must have a VERY understanding wife. Two: Someone stuck a motorcycle onto your gigantic dry bag! 0I loaded the GREEN HORNET TOO the night before, and my 'plan' was to ride into Jasper National Park, camping near the Columbia Icefields, as long as the Rogers Pass area was still OPEN, considering all the forest fires in BC, plus the lightning that'd been forecast for the overnight period, there.
Woke early, had breakfast, kissed my wife, then headed N to the Trans Canada Hwy, then E towards the Rogers Pass. Skies were cloudy, but I was on the road by 6AM, soon approaching Rogers Pass. It basically goes E-W, then cuts to N, and at that point I could see new fires starting high up the mountain E of me, and as I followed to the N I could see LOTS of smoke - a major fire had started W of the TCan, just around that curve. Just a few miles E of Golden I would see another very small plume of smoke high up another 'hill', but a helicopter flew over so I felt no need to report it.
Continued into the Rockies where I took a pic near Field, rolled into Lake Louise for gas, then turned N onto the "Icefields Parkway". Initially the sky was clear near Bow Summit (2 pics), but it began 'clouding over' (or was it fire smoke...? anyway - 2 more pics...), a few drops prompting me to get my rain-gear ON.
SOON it was raining so hard that the mountains were no longer visible, so I decided to turn E at Saskatchewan River Crossing and TRY to get out of the rain, but it took till Nordeg to get out of rain. My plans had been to visit my sister a few hours E of Jasper the NEXT day, so I pulled into a campground just W of Rocky Mountain House, GLAD to be able to dry myself and my gear.... (Turned out that my rain-gear which had worked FINE last year on the D2D ride, had gone PAST its "best-before-date".) - :thumbdown: - :thumbdown:
What an amazingly beautiful country you live in. Oh, and when riding back to B.C. I hope you remembered to set your watch BACK an hour at each time zone. Makes for much more interesting time/distance calculations. 0Once AGAIN I miss set my clock by the hour it should have been set FORWARD...!:huh:
Had a good restful night, getting underway at 0930 (WHICH "time-zone"???...), but there was MASSIVE road work on the TCan Hwy till Dryden, then it was merely a "now-and-then" issue. Saw my ONLY set of moose on this 'leg' - a cow and calf crossed a few hundred yards in front of me - altho' during the REST of the ride thru ON, QC, NS and NB I saw MANY very large bloodstains on the road which I'm pretty sure were the result of someone hitting one! There are MANY signs saying that moose are a night-time danger, so watch out.
As I was coming into the Thunder Bay region, getting low on gas, I planned a stop at a PetroCan station that my GPS was directing me to. Trouble was - it's a "card-lock" station - and then my GPS led me on a 'merry chase' to another station, but when I got to the location there was NOTHING...!
I carry a few litres of gasoline (for my stove), so I pulled over and put them into the tank, then found a REAL gas station a few more kms ahead of that place.
Just up the hwy N from Thunder Bay is the memorial to Terry Fox, an inspirational man who, after losing his leg to cancer, started his "Marathon of Hope" in Newfoundland, whereby he ran a MARATHON every day till he finally couldn't, at this spot, then was taken to hospital where he died. An incredibly courageous man!
Out in the bay is a rock formation called the "Sleeping Giant" which you should be able to see after the pics of the Memorial.
From there I continued along the road just above Lake Superior (it USED to be almost touching the lake along its northern shore, but - PROGRESS - NOW you hardly see the lake at all, but I'm sure the long-distance truck drivers LOVE it...), until I found an Ontario Provincial Park campground at Rossport, purporting to be "on" a lake. Turned into the MO$T expensive tent site of the trip at $36 and change, and, altho' the site-map showed the lake as being beside my site, it WASN'T! I spent half an hour just getting to where I got those two pics of it. Oh well....
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Once the tent was up, and I had a cup of "B'n'B" (bourbon and branch) in my hand, the day looked PDG!
Today had added 664 kms in 9 hrs 45 mins, making the six-day total on my GPS at 3172.0 kms (1971 miles).
HOW can you even SUGGEST that I might not get it right when re-setting my clocks going W...?What an amazingly beautiful country you live in. Oh, and when riding back to B.C. I hope you remembered to set your watch BACK an hour at each time zone. Makes for much more interesting time/distance calculations. 0