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post #1 of 18 Old 08-13-2007, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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$100 a day cross country

$100 a day cross country

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I leave September 1 for Kelwona from Toronto. I've got roughly the first 17 days to get there, meet up with some friends, and get myself home again. The big question is can this be done on $100 a day? Fuel? (DL650 Vstrom) Food? (I'm Italian...food is important:mrgreen Lodging? (provincial parks/private camp grounds)

I'm leaning towards the "yes" but....

Will I have to hijack a tanker truck for fuel a la the Toecutter's crew?
Will I have to hunt and kill my own food?
Will I have to camp just off the side of the road?
(tongue firmly in cheek...for the most part)

But seriously; anyone here done this before on this kind of a budget?

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-13-2007, 10:19 PM
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I've done the trip in a car. If you do about 1000 km a day that would be a bit over 2 tanks ($50 fuel). Camp site about $25, That leaves $25 for food.
Could be done but there won't be a lot left over for fine dining.
4 days to get there and 4 days to return gives about 9 days to play.
I hope you have a gell seat.
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I would have to believe that it could definitely be done for that kind of money. I mean, why would pay for camping? bring a small gas stove (MSR Pocket-Rocket) and some MRE's from the camping store. They seriously are surprisingly good!

Practically all national forests are open space lands and you can camp anywhere you want unless otherwise posted. then there are also lots of designated sites with some ammenites to offer.
http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm
This site lists all campgrounds in National Forests in the US. awesome site!


Pocket-Rocket
http://www.rei.com/product/660163

$40.00
this thing boils enough water to cook an MRE in about 2-3 minutes.

Fuel
http://www.rei.com/product/695264?ext_cat=undefined

$4.00
one canister gives you 1 to 2 hours burn time. (when you can cook your food in 2-3 minutes, these things last forever.)

MRE's
link to hundreds of types

If you could save a couple of nights by "roughing it" you could save enough money to stay in a cheap hotel a couple of nights. Just something to think about. would definitely save you some bucks

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Um, yeah, about my last post...

I didnt even realize that you were in Canda! hahaha. sorry, the link for the US National Forests won't help much...
I need to quit posting in whatever comes up in "New Posts".

Whoops!

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post #5 of 18 Old 08-14-2007, 08:21 PM
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Um, yeah, about my last post...

I didnt even realize that you were in Canda! hahaha. sorry, the link for the US National Forests won't help much...
I need to quit posting in whatever comes up in "New Posts".

Whoops!
The listing may not be useful but the advice stands.. There are lots of rec area's that he could find and camp for free... Then on the night that he needs a shower or whatever he can stop at a campground with services.
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Yup, I got all my lightweight camping gear from my canoe/backpacking days. But considering that the freeze dried meals run on average about $10 per it might be cheaper to eat breakfast and lunch at Tim Hortons and dinner along the way. But I'll bring some as emergency rations incase I don't make my daily distance and do have to camp by the bike.

Tenting it most of the way but I have been warned about the bears in N. Ontario since the government cancelled the spring bear hunt. Not really keen on camping in the woods so provincial parks and private RV campgrounds are preferable. Not really sure where to camp in the prairies though.

I "plan" on atleast 800kms per day. I've got a Sergent seat so no problem there. In one of my practice days I put close to 900kms on so I know the seat works.
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bring a small gas stove (MSR Pocket-Rocket) and some MRE's from the camping store. They seriously are surprisingly good!
The Mountain House chilimac is the only really good one. You takes your chances with the rest.

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But considering that the freeze dried meals run on average about $10 per it might be cheaper to eat breakfast and lunch at Tim Hortons and dinner along the way.
I paid about 5-6 US dollars for mine.
But you are right, if restaurants are availalbe, that is gonna be the most convienent and likely economic option.

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The Mountain House chilimac is the only really good one. You takes your chances with the rest.
Maybe I'm just closer to my old college days but I was really impressed when I tried several of these. haha.

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I just did a couple of weeks in BC and camped for most of it. I would think $100 a day would be easy to do.
Maybe even approaching luxury.

Provincial campgrounds run around $12-20 a night. Depends upon if you buy wood or not. There are lots of crown lands that you could camp on for free but it is hard to tell what is crown and what is private sometimes. I stayed in one private campground that was only $20 and included shower and laundry!

If you camp in the National Parks you have to pay a daily parks pass in addition to camping fee and fire permit (wood). A yearly National Parks pass can be purchased if you plan on doing a lot of National Parks.See link Campgrounds in Banff/Jasper tend to be full. (Not so much after September long weekend) They can be reserved ahead though if you know when you will be there. You can book online

Hint: try to start your day early and look for camping by about 3:30 PM before the evening rush for campsites starts.

I got a Primus OmniFuel stove and loved it. It packs up tiny and boils water in about 3.5 min. There are lots of other versions are available but I plan on using this little beauty a lot.

I don't eat much for breakfast but tea, cereal, granola bar. A couple of bucks.

I usually ate either lunch or supper at a restaurant. $20 +/-

Supper at camp was usually some variation of MRE/one pot style supplemented with bread etc. I shopped at grocery stores along the way. $5-$10. I quite liked the boil in a bag variations from Asia House. If you like Indian curries they are not bad.

Gas prices vary but you can go a long way on a $15 fill on a Wee. (less on a Vee:rolleyes Gas was available within driving range anywhere throughout Alberta/BC.

Right now campgrounds in some parts of Southern Alberta are closed due to extreme fire hazard. That can change quickly with a bit of rain though. Not sure about current BC fire hazard. Some of the BC forum members should know.

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Thanks for all the replies guys. Very helpful. It's not the end of the world if I blow over the $100 per day thing. Just funny to think that it's cheaper to fly rather than take the bike. But then again not nearly as fun!

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btw if anyone sees a blue wee with olive drab green 20mm ammo can panniers between Toronto and Kelowna feel free to wave hi. I'll be the dude with the yellow Belstaff jacket.

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