Thanks for the excellent report!
Well done, Pattman.
I am glad you enjoyed your ride, despite some troublesome experiences. I hope that you and the bike have recovered from those blemishes. Your photos were terrific, and they remind me to stop and take pictures more often.
I particularly like those industrial strength panniers. I have been carrying my gear in a large box up top and piled on the rear seat, but I think your solution is more convenient and more weatherproof. Your lower centre of gravity may be a safety feature as well.
I will be in Toronto before my next long Canadian ride, and I would appreciate an opportunity to study the hardware that attaches your bags to the bike.
Thanks again for the travelogue. I am glad your ride became a round trip!