My trans-Canada motorcycle adventure begins this week!
I’m excited to get on the road again. The start date chosen back in July for planning purposes, September 11th, still works well weather-wise. I’m currently expecting no precipitation for at least the first five days.
With good weather, I will get to ride both the Bow Valley Parkway and Highwood Pass (part of the Kananaskis Trail), described in my July 19th blog post, on Day 2 and Day 3, respectively. I am stoked to visit the Canadian Rockies once again.
The motorcycle received its 78,000 mile level-I service. Beyond the normal service, the cylinder head gaskets were replaced and I had a new alternator belt installed. I will stop by the shop before leaving to pick up a spare liter of oil to carry with me.
As is common on my longer trips, I will need to get another service on my way home from Nova Scotia, approximately 6,000 miles from now. I will also need to replace the tires at that time.
Between now and Wednesday, when I leave, I have some final lodging reservations to make for the ride out to Nova Scotia and I’ll need to pack up the bike.
I have decided not to take camping gear with me on this trip. It feels a little late in the year to camp as I expect to encounter both cold weather and rain, especially in early October on my way home.
As a result, I won’t need to take my top case, which is where I keep my sleeping bag, tent and mattress pad. The motorcycle will feel a bit more agile and cross winds, expected all across the midwest, won’t blow me around as much as I present a lower overall profile to the wind.
My “daily breakdown” has been revised a bit since July. I shortened my days around the Great Lakes region planning for the possibility of some fog and potential late starts as a result. My day off was also delayed by one day, allowing me to enjoy a full day in Thunder Bay, versus Winnipeg. That said, I still have four days where the ride will be longer than 400 miles. That is part of the design of this trip.
I want to travel with some haste to see how I hold up. I will likely experiment with some longer days on my return trip as well. To date, my longest-ever day is 540 miles. I may push that a bit on my travel homeward.
As always, once the trip has begun, I will try to post daily updates to the blog.
Stay tuned and enjoy the ride with me!
Looking forward to hearing your comments along the way.
Exciting to hear about your upcoming journey; look foward to following you to Nova Scotia and back! Happy trails, Keith.