From Alberta to the East Coast

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by thedopplereffect, Jul 8, 2021.

  1. staticPort

    staticPort Meditrider Supporter

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    Thank you for inviting us along on this trip of a lifetime! Please don't be a stranger to this forum . . .
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  2. thedopplereffect

    thedopplereffect Adventurer

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    I did my best to track all my expenses on a spreadsheet as I went. It's possible some things slipped through the cracks though.


    I came out with a grand total of $6164.45 CAD spent during the course of the trip. That doesn't include any of the costs for things leading up to the trip like the camping gear, oil change, fresh tire, and windscreen that I bought specifically for the trip.


    I spent $1833.74 on gas, which I expected to be the biggest expense, but I spent $1912.43 on food. Food is definitely where I could have saved the most money, but I was considering food as part of the whole experience. I only stepped foot in one grocery store which was to buy a new bag of trail mix in Shediac, NB. Lodging was $1137.93 and was kept low in large part due to Bunk a Biker. If I hadn't used that group I probably would have stealth camped more but as it stands I didn't do that at all. Bike stuff was $984.95, which included chain lube, new chain and tool, tires, and a few other odds and ends. I only spent $295.95 on entertainment like museums and things. Mainly my entertainment was talking to people and riding.


    This wasn't a crazy budget trip but it was interesting to contrast it to the trips of the people that I met. Motorcycle touring seems to be marketed as a rich man's game.

    Most of the people I met out that were actually out on the road were on BMWs or Harley Davidsons that were worth multiple times as much as my little Versys. That's part of the reason why it was so cool to meet Kelsey on his first gen Versys. He was probably the only person I met on a multi day trip that had a bike worth less than mine.


    With that said, my Versys was such a stud for this whole trip. Whether it was gravel roads, carving through twisties, or burning up highway miles, it handled everything I threw at it really well. There were moments where I found myself lusting after bikes that were better offroad or more comfortable for the highway stretches, but all those bikes had compromises in other places. The only way to have a bike that does everything my bike does, but better at it all, would be to go for something like a Tenere 700 or a KTM 790 or 890 Adventure. And both of those options are in a totally different price range.


    I guess what I'm trying to say is that your bike can take you on adventures that you would never expect of it. Obviously it's still important to know your own limitations and what you're willing to endure. But I even think about my dad and his friend who took their 400 cc Hondas over the mountains and out to Vancouver Island back in the 70's. I think you'd get quite the reactions if you told someone you were travelling that far on a 400 now, but you could do it! I met a lady on the ferry in Newfoundland who couldn't believe I could make it across the country on "such a little bike", and yet the Versys excelled for most of the ride!


    Whatever you've got, just get out and ride. You won't regret it. After all, the adventure really begins when the plan falls apart, so you could argue that the best adventure bikes are the ones that are pushed just a little beyond their comfort zones.


    And since I've got a little soapbox to ramble on now, I also want to say that this trip wouldn't have been half of what it was without the people that I met along the way. A beautiful view or a good meal is always better shared with someone. I saw a quote from Anthony Bourdain that said, "So many of the good times traveling this world relate directly to finding a human face to associate with your destination, the food you eat, and the memories you'll keep with you forever." I couldn't agree more.
  3. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Great RR! Thanks. I'm envious that I could ever get time off to do something like this and it's something I really would like to do.
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  4. thedopplereffect

    thedopplereffect Adventurer

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    I actually ended up quitting my job before this trip in order to get enough time off. Sometimes you just gotta jump in with both feet!
  5. DirtScaresMe

    DirtScaresMe Adventurer Supporter

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    Fantastic RR! (except the Banjo bowl...stupid Bombers)
    Thank you for taking the time to share a part of the country I hope to experience myself one day.
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  6. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Thanks for taking the time and effort to report your adventure in real time. It made this report stand out from the crowd. Nice to see you made it home with no major problems or disappointments. Thanks also for the budget report. Ride on and keep having fun.......Dave
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  7. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb... Supporter

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    Thank you for documenting the journey so eloquently!
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  8. gasgas17

    gasgas17 Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing the experience! It was most appreciated. And you are right. There is so much more to see. Just watching you tour my province of Nova Scotia, there was so much more to see. But you certainly took in a good sampling.
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  9. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed the ride report and the appreciate the effort you put in so we could enjoy. Thanks
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