A Gentle Bimble Across Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by wianbiggar, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Aiken Drum

    Aiken Drum n00b

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    Is it an end or a new beginning? So many memories and metaphors for a life. Safe skies. JoTo2
  2. wianbiggar

    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Thanks Joan - catch up in person very soon!
    Jo, Tony thanks also, and, yes, just as many questions as answers! Love you guys - see you soon as well?
    Ian xx
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    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    A bit of a damp day and when I woke up and looked out of the window of where I was staying I saw one of the pannier bags was wide open. I'd got some things out of that pannier last night that I knew I couldn't take or send on the plane and given them to my friends but I didn't remember leaving the pannier open. Annoyed that things would be wet I went out and dried things off and then began to notice a few things not quite right. Yep, on my last night on the Island, the one time I had not shut and locked my panniers someone had come in and stolen my gloves, my cookset and my first aid kit! My fault for not taking the gloves in and shutting the pannier but my overriding reaction was that they must have needed that stuff more than I did - the gloves were past their sell by date for sure, the cook set was something I had thought about donating to a charity shop anyway and the first aid kit I think they probably needed more than I did. They left my helmet and an inner tube and, more importantly, a battery bank/ boosting kit that was by far the most expensive thing in the bag. Ah, well, for all the times I hadn't locked things or left the key in the bike all night (more than once) I guess I got off pretty lightly!
    A few snaps as I head over to Vancouver to drop the bike off with AC Cargo.
    IMG_1060.JPG IMG_1066.JPG And then it cleared up as we went through Active Passage P1050865.JPG P1050868.JPG
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  4. wianbiggar

    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    A busy passage with up to three ferries and a strong tidal stream so small boats have a few challenges! P1050875.JPG P1050879.JPG P1050885.JPG P1050891.JPG
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    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Well, got the bike to Cargo and the guy made a comment about the great deal I'd got - showed me the "full" price on the invoice - $2900 - for shipping the bike and the price I actually paid - $1200.
    Just a little bit more than I paid to ship the bike to Halifax. For almost twice the distance. Oh, I had to pay for the Dangerous Goods Certificate as well ($132) which was included in the London to Halifax price. Still not too bad.
    And that's it folks. I may do an analysis on the costs if it would help people but a lot of that's been done already. I may do it anyway for my own interest.
    Thanks for reading and coming along for the trip. Also for all the helpful tips and comments along the way!
    Cheers,
    Ian
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  6. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Enjoyed the report and next time drop me a note when your across the pond but still close to home.
  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Thanks for taking us along...
  8. wianbiggar

    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Will do Damurph. Apologies for not so doing this time round.
    Maggot - thanks, and you're welcome.
    Ian
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Sorry I missed you on this end but it looks like you had a great trip. Now I want to fly a bike to Europe.
  10. wianbiggar

    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Well let me know if you do and I'll help all I can!
    Ian
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  12. AustinW

    AustinW Adventurer

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    Hi Ian, we were just thinking about you today - it must be a year since we saw you last - so I googled your user name and came across this. I will posting a link on Bigtraillie so the inmates there can enjoy it as much as I have. Great trip, great adventure, it brought back good memories :thumb
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    wianbiggar Been here awhile

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    Hi Austin - yep it was great fun - glad you found it - should have posted a link myself - couldn’t have done it without your old Airhawk!
    Ian