The Making of a Cross Canada Route

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Deadly99, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. tatters

    tatters Adventurer

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    Hooray! We have finished the TCAT. Arrived at Grant Bay yesterday and believe that we are now the first to to complete the full trail from Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland to Grant Bay on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It was great to see the Pacific after 2 months on the road and we will soon be forwarding comments about the route and in particular regarding parts of BC and the Island that were a problem.

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  2. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    :clap:clap:clap

    Congrats to you both!

    Looking forward to your feedback :nod

    Total kilometers travelled, amount of days, the good and the bad, etc...

    :pynd
  3. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Big thumbs up to you guys :thumb:thumb

    I'd like to know the size of your bikes and your thoughts on what would be the best.
  4. sthamerica

    sthamerica Adventurer

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    Congratulations guys - you are the champions!
    Well done on being the first to finish the complete route!
  5. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    Now that is epic! Thanks for the adventure.
  6. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Fantastic stuff.

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  7. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Where you at these days Craig?
  8. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Sagueney waiting for tyres. Should be here around mid day.

    So having a break of sorts. Hopefully still get some riding in this afternoon.
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  9. dhawker

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    Well almost, they missed Vancouver Island tracks. So we will see who is first to do the WHOLE route.:evil
  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Pretty sure they rode the island section of the route :nod
  11. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Just rode to Aberage31 staying here tonight as it is raining. Anyone ridding through the area around 'Fab's Hilk' take care whilst not difficult therw are plenty of washouts to catch the inattentive.

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  12. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I think the Kiwis ended their trip in Vancouver after riding 95% of the route, I suggested to the couple from Saltspring that bought their bikes to ride the last leg for the Kiwis .. I believe Tatters is the first to do the whole route from Eastern N.F. to Western V.I....
  13. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Nearly on the home straight now. Did Aberage31 to Baie-Comeau in one long day. Will start to leave the Boreal Forest behind as I hit the Taiga.

    Know where are the guys from WI?

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  14. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Haven't heard from them...

    Enjoy Labrador :pynd
  15. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    Should I bother booking the Ferry to Newfoundland? Or do bikes get priority like they do on the BC Ferries?
  16. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    No need to book for a bike from Blanc Sablon to NFLD. The ferry from NFLD to the Nova Scotia, different story and will require a reservation.
  17. darbya

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    I concur there is no need to book the ferry from Labrador to The Rock but from the Rock to Sydney will require a reservation. Tatters and I found the queue for the ferry from The Rock to Labrador was an ideal spot to meet people and get a place to spend the night.

    We will put together our thoughts on route difficulties (particularly in BC and on VI), distance covered, ideal bike size, ease of camping etc etc within the next couple of days. Having followed the same routine practically every day for 2 months means that waking at a time other than 0730, to break camp, is proving difficult and so catching up on sleep is taking its time. That said not being rained on is a little easier to get used to :rofl

    Can I say thanks to every one who was involved in the compilation of this route. You have done a fantastic job and produced something that generations of adventure motorcyclists will be able to enjoy and also see some great parts of a wonderful country. Does everyone feel sufficiently sick now? :lol3

    For those of you that are interested I have included the link to my attempt at blogging the trip.

    http://pottedroadsandbumpytracks.blogspot.com/
  18. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Awesome job guys! Just reading over your blog now, you should put together a ride report here.

    J..
  19. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    A huge congrats on finishing the route, quite the accomplishment :pynd

    Thanks for the link to your blog and I look forward to hearing your feedback :freaky


    +1

    Lots of folks would likely enjoy reading your story, folks that wouldnt normally read this thread :thumb
  20. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Totally agree.....copy and paste that bugger here.