Across Canada, anybody else thinking of doing it?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by wbrisett, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. wbrisett

    wbrisett hmmm....

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    I have a rare opportunity this year to do something I want for four weeks. I spent a year living in Toronto, and once took a train trip with my wife from Toronto to Vancouver. I can't decide if I want to do this trip solo, or find somebody else. My plan right now is to start in Newfoundland and go west (I currently live in Texas, so I would obviously have to include the travel to Newfoundland in my plans). Anyhow, is anybody thinking of doing such a trip already? If so, let me know. I will say that packing on the miles isn't on my agenda. I plan to bring my camera and want to 'smell the roses' a bit more. I've done the 900 mile days and while I can do them, I prefer not to do that as often as smelling the roses.
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  2. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I've done it in a minivan and motorhome. @Cowgirl did it this past summer on a Vstrom if you have specific question.

    I don't have plans to ride it though.
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  3. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Many have started/finished this ride from/at my shed. Don't be shy if you need anything.
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  4. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl I'll ride anything.

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    As Maggot12 said, I did this trip in September. I left Victoria, BC on August 30 and arrived in St. John's, NL on September 24. I then went back to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ending up in Halifax, NS on Sept. 29 for a total trip of over 12, 200 km (7625 miles) so I averaged just over 400 km (250 miles) per day. I shipped my bike home and flew back to Victoria. I did about 80% of the trip on secondary roads with a little bit of gravel and stayed away from the Trans Canada Hwy as much as possible. There are sections where the only road is the TCH, seriously. I did spend some time in damurph's shed, I recommend it :-) I prefer to travel solo so I did the entire trip alone although I do talk to all kinds of people on the road, YMMV. Ask me anything :-)
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  5. 3990

    3990 Been here awhile

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    I've made the trip from Toronto to Vancouver 4 times. Sports car, mini van and twice by F150 pickup... Usually in four/five days.
    'Will really try to do it this year on my FJR.
    'Looking at August into early September...
    Figure a week out, a week dickin' around and a week back...
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  6. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Are you a dirt rider or paved back roads, whats your style? Also a bit more in the profile to sort things out. Will you fish, hike, smell the roses how?
    Just a little more to run with, like, camp or 5 star hotels:lol2, date/s, route to Canada start point, so on.
    For starters, are you a serial killer :uhohor a senior citizen:killen, millennial:baldy, nerdy:doh, or just a regular guy (like everybody else:rayof?
    I might be interested. Our Canada trips are always surrounded by fishing, at least most of them.
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  7. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    The all important detail you did not mention is ... in which month is this 4 week trip going to take place - including your ride up from Texas to Newfoundland ? That ride to Newfoundland alone could take up a week, leaving you only three to get west to BC. And that could mean a hectic ride.
    Living sort of in the middle I have never done a coast to coast ride of that sort in one trip although do I get to both sides on a regular basis .I too limit the daily distance to around 400 km for the round trip in about 4 to 6 weeks , but i never bee line it to Vancouver or some point to turn around . And I also , do literally, stop to smell roses and other flowers and plants. Nothing compares to a ride through the bush and the fragrance of the Ontario poplars is in the breeze or pine forests or oaks , or maples - every one has an identifiable smell . Even the occasional smell of skunk , a quintessential new world fragrance , can evoke memories and is not repulsive in that diluted strength . In my way of thinking the trip is best during the height of summer late June through August when the chance of nice warm weather and long days and flowers is best
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  8. statsman

    statsman Long timer

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    Have you considered having your bike flown to St. John's from Texas?
    This would save you a great deal of your limited time.
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  9. Sherwin84

    Sherwin84 Adventurer

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    Driven 4 wheels east from central Saskatchewan a number of times, and have ridden from central SK to the west coast on 2 wheels. Its a beautiful ride/drive. I would plan to avoid the major centers around Montreal and Ottawa etc. Traffic congestion is nasty there. Its hairy enough in a truck, let alone on a bike. Our last time through we got "bumped" from behind by a semi in bumper to bumper traffic. There was no way to stop and view damages. We managed to get info from the truck and called the company in case we found damage once we were stopped and out of traffic. Luckily he just removed some paint from the trailer hitch. My parents are retiring this year and planning to move west. I'm hoping to ride east and drive their moving truck back. If you need lodgings/shop in the prairies, let me know! Here's hoping you make it happen!!
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  10. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Where's the doG damned Ride Report?!!
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  12. Manray

    Manray Killing Time

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    With whom and how much did you pay to ship from Halifax to Victoria? Thanks.
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  13. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl I'll ride anything.

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    I used Paul Mondor (Iceman); his company is Monstone Transport https://monstonetransport.com/
    Door to door, no prep required and he takes your gear too. Pricing is dependent on bike size and weight so email him for a quote. Super easy, I highly recommend him.
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  14. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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  15. SFDemo

    SFDemo Been here awhile

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    StrayDog and I are planning trans-Canada, riding east from Ohio to NH/Vermont/Maine, into the Newfies and looping back west, riding for about two weeks. Lots of camping planned. A 2012 Tiger 800 XC and a 2014 KTM 1190R.
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  16. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Although I am sure no disrespect is intended the word "Newfie(s)" can be considered derogatory here depending on the context. I would be careful where one uses it. Too many years of Americans (and Canadians) using it as a slur. Yee don't know till somebody tells yee.
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  17. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Cross Canada? We yawned from Montreal to Swift Current and went back to the USA there. I'd ride from Montreal to Swift current in the USA...enter Canada there and then ride west. You won't miss anything......well you will miss Regina..........looks like Bosnia.
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  18. Sherwin84

    Sherwin84 Adventurer

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    Don't base your trip on this guys opinion. Northern Ontario is very beautiful. The prairies have a beauty all of their own, but prepare for very flat and straight riding. It isn't the most welcoming for those of us who prefer the twisties, but don't avoid it. For what its worth...I've driven across most of the northern states and they have their stretches of complete 0 motorcycle quality roads too. Comparing Regina to Bosnia...well... I've never been to Bosnia but it must be pretty nice as far as cities come and go.
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  19. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Last year I rode Saskatchewan with my friend from Croatia .......he wanted to go there and loved every minute of it!! At every stop and camp site he said this landscape is so unique and I love it and he has also ridden in Bosnia.
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  20. Sherwin84

    Sherwin84 Adventurer

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    While I live smack in the middle of the prairies, I don't enjoy riding here lol. I do ride here, and I put many miles on because you can go so far in a day. I prefer the windy, mountainous terrain. That being said, my father in law has lived here all his life and he loves the wide open flat straightness of it all. Everyone has a different opinion. I just would not sway someone away from touring a place because of my ill opinion of it. As you said, your friend loved every minute... He would have missed out on a life pleasure had someone told him it wasn't worth riding here.
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