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post #1 of 11 Old 02-17-2008, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Toronto to Kelowna '07

Finally got off my ass and wrote a ride report.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=312250

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-17-2008, 12:46 PM
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Nice report, now I'm jealous. Someday I'll get out to BC on the bike, someday.

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Nice report, now I'm jealous. Someday I'll get out to BC on the bike, someday.
Thanks a bunch. If hauling ass isn't your cup of tea make sure you get as much time off as you can for the trip. The country is just too big and ripping through it, as I found out, can't do it justice. I could have spent two weeks just exploring Ontario. No regrets though; I had the time of my life.

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Excellent report. . . One of these days I'm gonna just have to "head north"!

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Pattman, thanks for the ride report. I know the feeling you got when you left for the trip by yourself. Kinda scary but well worth it. Did the Rocky Mountains into alberta after riding around the neighborhood for a year. Will be riding to Manitoba in June with the SO on her own bike. Should be interesting.

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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!
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Pattman - FYI, in the pictures attached to your posting made at 8:11 a.m. ("Back to the flatness"), the snowy mountain on the left that has a dark horizontal line is called "Banded Peak", it's about 15 miles south of Bragg Creek, AB.
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[QUOTE=water warrior;189022]Pattman, thanks for the ride report. I know the feeling you got when you left for the trip by yourself. Kinda scary but well worth it. QUOTE]


The best piece of advice I gave myself was to just get on with it and let what happens happen. I really didn't shit myself until after I got home; about a few days later I actually realized what I did. Here is a guy who never rode a bike before in his life and, a year after throwing a leg over a bike, was riding across the country. It's kind of like falling in love. You'll probably have a few loves in your life but nothing will compare to that very first one.

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Good job! Except you guys have to stop telling everyone about how great it is here...too many tourists :mrgreen:

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Good job! Except you guys have to stop telling everyone about how great it is here...too many tourists :mrgreen:
I've got my friends in Kelowna wanting me to move there. They've even found a little shop front and want me to start a hippy-boeheimein coffee shop. Considering that I work with metal and my home brew coffee is like tar I'm thinking that it's not a great idea. The coffee, not the moving. If I could find a nice little sheet metal shop looking for a shop fabricator I'd be there in a heartbeat.

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