The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    It would be great to have you along, still have two kidneys or something else sellable :)

    If your still in the area we'll have to hook up for some recon trips up in the Laurentian Mountains (hills) this fall or next spring . I need a few pointers on taking picures :)
  2. No Roads!

    No Roads! Don't want a pickle!

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    I know it will be a while but can't wait for the western Canada section.
  3. lowpr0fi1e

    lowpr0fi1e Adventurer

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    Wow, this is amazing!

    I was living in Canada for a few years and am planning on starting my trans americas trip there. I am hopeing to do as much dirt riding as possible.
    What you guys are doing will make it a hell of a lot easier.

    Hopefully when the time comes and I get back over there I will be able to buy you guys a beer or 2 in appreciation.

    Thanks and look forward to your continued progress.
  4. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    :lol3 tellin' it like it is. They don't know what treeline is around these parts:D
  5. rockjohn

    rockjohn Been here awhile

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    Great RR guys, could you tell me how the KTM and BMW are stacking up against each other. Be safe and enjoy.
  6. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Cheers :)
  7. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Thanks.
    I prefer not to play brand allegiance. Both great bikes, both have known issues, both have srengths and weaknesses. In my humble opinion it's the rider and not the bike 99% of the time.
    Ride what ya got :)
  8. drassif

    drassif Adventurer

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    Is the white ktm a 990 adventure? It is probably just me, but it looks a little small with a different exhaust almost like a 690 rally.
  9. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    It's a 950 adv (2004). It's been painted and has a custom rally style akropovic exhaust on it.
    Small ? Lol. Mabye it just looks small as I'm a big lad :)
  10. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    No as part of this project, but I'ver ridden my GS1200 through many of these sections, so I can provide some assurance that it can be done. I wasn't loaded, but I did it on Anakees. The K&P is pretty easy, the hydro line and water crossings are a bit tough in spots because the air intake on the GS is low. I never dropped the bike.

    I've since grown a brain and bought a WR250R.


  11. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    Hey Ted,

    It's going to be a blast!!

    PS: thanks for not posting any of the many pics of my bikes laying down for those rest stops they seem to like so much :D :freaky
  12. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    How about the "T-CAT" or Trans Canadian Adventure Trail?

    I thought I bit off more then I can chew just trying to lay out 1000 miles for the Pennsylvania for the TPAT. I got to hand it to you guys!

    It looks like you really got a lot of nice roads to work with!

    keep up the good work.
  13. mattmcc00

    mattmcc00 Adventurer

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    I have been browsing this thread looking for any downloadable gps maps for these trails. Can't seem to find any? have they been posted?

    Thanks all,
    Looking forward to riding these myself.
  14. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Thanks for the words.

    TCAT ......we may just have a winner :)
  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    The package (routes, roadbook files, map files, written document) will more than likely be available next fall. As the route matures and area's get linked, some roads-trails get added and others removed. We'd prefer to complete the project prior to making it available. Hope that makes sense.
  16. El Birdo

    El Birdo Been here awhile

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    Move over Beaver....Here comes the T-CAT :thumb :thumb
  17. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Just a couple of days until a group of us head east :freaky

    Looks like there are about 8 of us who will be riding together for the next week or two. A couple of guys from south of the border that I haven't met yet and are on their way north to meet us Thursday in Ottawa :clap Our plan is fairly loose but riding the Trans Labrador Highway is the first "tick" on the list. The TLH will more than likely be a part of T-Cat :deal . Our thoughts are that having a nice "relaxing" 3-4 days of long gravel with little too no navagation will make for a nice break between Newfoundland and the Quebec/Ontario sections of the route. The TLH works with what we want this route to become, remote wilderness. Aside from a few towns there's not much up there :D

    After the TLH we plan to take a ferry over to the island of Newfoundland. There are a few trails that we have researched and look forward to trying out. Newfoundland has a bunch of double track old rail lines on it. From what we can tell a few of these will make up a part of the T-Cat. Skibum69 will ultimately be creating this section of the route :freaky but we're hoping to ride as many of the possible sections he plans to add to it. The main rail trail is called the T'Rail and runs for about 900 km's across the middle of the island. We have a few other trails to try out (Burin ATV trail and a couple of other rail trails) while we're over there. Throw in some touristy stuff and some "pubbing" and it looks like a fun 17 day ride :super

    Here's our proposed route for the next few weeks.

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    In typical fashion I'm scrambelling to get the bike and gear ready. While changing my oil the other day the threads to the oil resorvoir came out with the drain plug. I tried a self tapping oil drain screw but couldn't get it to catch. I've now inserted a helicoil in it but it's still leaking (didnt get the hole drilled exactly straight :cry ). Dan's coming over tonight and we'll try adding one or two brass crush washers and maybe some jbweld to try and seal it. New tires need to get spooned on then we're off. I had a bunch of other maintenance task scheduled for the bike (wheel and steering head bearings, wire in a usb charger and an inverter, etc) but it looks they'll have to wait until August when we get back along with the wife's never ending honey do list.

    Last minute email are flying around in typical fashion. Who's bring what, where and when to meet, which route to take out of the city, etc The weather looks ...well ....not bad. Rain is a part of the scenery on the Atlantic coast and I'm sure we'll get our fair share :cry

    One of the things I'm looking forward to seeing is how Pelvis (Brian)makes out with his hammock :lol3 From what I've seen in the north country the tree's are SMALL and we plan on cowboy camping for the most part. How the heck does someone use a hammock in a gravel pit? This could have a few funny stories. Quotes like " no I read on the web you can string it up between two ski poles " just makes me laugh. A 200 lb + guy who likes to sleep on his side, has back pain currently, heading out for 17 days of camping with a hammock. I can almost guarantee this will be good for a few laughs :deal

    I won't be updating the this report while we're gone (I hate the idea of sitting with a laptop while on "vacation" instead of meeting the locals and being in the moment and just enjoying where I am. Kudo's to those who do update their ride reports while on the road, but it's not for me). I will however do my best to take as many photo's as possible and update this thread when we get back.

    Cheers ... talk to ya in a few weeks:pynd
  18. El Birdo

    El Birdo Been here awhile

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    :cry :cry I'll be waiting :lurk
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  20. Dan Alexander

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    Only 3 more sleeps :clap :freaky :rayof :pynd :beer