I can't believe I started this tread before my first big trip in 2006 and it is still going. Money is a little tight right now so have been thinking of not licensing my bike this year because of the cost. But this has encouraged me to at least plan one trip.
P.S. Manitoba is the worst place in North America to insure a bike. it is almost $2000 bucks for my WeeStrom. and I am 37 with a clean driving record.