Leaving on the 16th for a ride from British Columbia to Ontario

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  1. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I am going to visit some places and people I have not seen in Ontario for over 50 years.
    I want to stay out of hotels as much as possible so this trip camping will be the order of the day.
    With a little luck I will even run into some nice weather.
    I will update as the trip progresses. user_imageFinal.jpg
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  2. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I did a pre pack on the bike today to see how it all fits together.
    I bought some new dry bags and I think I am going to really like the SW Motec 350 bag.
    The green bag has my sleeping bag and mat in it.
    The small back pack has a water bladder and it is where my rain gear will hide.
    One pannier has the stuff for the bike, tire pump, tools, battery boost pack for charging phone and cameras. etc.
    The other one has my camping gear, plus 12 days of Peak Refuel freeze dried food.
    I know a lot of guys can travel a lot lighter than what I am hauling.
    However at 68 years old I am going to be pampered a bit.
    I am using a 3 man tent as I like the extra room and at 6 ft 5 tall I need that extra space. 20200709_161156.jpg
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  3. gpfan

    gpfan a mari usque ad mare

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    Your own personal Apollo Eleven, eh?

    If the weather in Ontario stays the way it is, you shall not need to worry about freezing your luggage off, when you overnight in Wawa.
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  4. KKORO

    KKORO Been here awhile

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    Make it a good one. If the border opens I'll come over and buy you a drink.

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  5. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    I was looking for a real compact sleeping bag.
    However all the ones that rolked up really small in the store were 6 feet long.
    I would have felt like a 6 inch gold fish in a 5 inch bowl in one of them.
    As I hope to go to Alaska next year I went with a warmer bag than I really need for this trip.
    I bought the Peak 1 Refuel as I want to stay out of resteraunts as much as possible on this trip.
    The 2 locations I want to visit in Ontario are,
    Souix Lookout where have some relatives I havnt seen for about half a century and Fort Francis where i was born but we never lived there.
    I really want to get out of the rain that British Columbia has had since May.
    I am getting webbed feet!!!!!!!
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  6. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Is Fort Francis a long way from you?
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  7. Railrocker

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    I am going the opposite way right now. Quebec to Manitoba. Motels all the way. The Tims in Wawa has closed the dining room so it’s breaky on the bike in the parking lot! Isolating inside a helmet works well. Going the for work my company provides maintenance for critical infrastructure and we are super busy in MB right now.
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  8. KKORO

    KKORO Been here awhile

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    The longer the better. If the border opens, I'm going for a looong ride!

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  9. thedriver240

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    Since you are planning to camp as much as possible be prepared to do a lot of stealth camping because in Ontario campgrounds that are open plan on keeping their public toilets and showers closed and rent only to self contained campers and trailers. Route 71 that heads south from the 17 to Fort Francis is an absolutely beautiful ride.
    Have fun!
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  10. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the heads up on the highway and the campsites..
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  11. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    How to feel stupid.
    I was checking the bike over in prep for the trip starting in a few days.
    I rolled it ahead to check the front tire pressure.
    Did that....pressure was fine.
    Turned my back for a minute and when I turned back to the bike saw it tipping over in slow motion.
    Dann that BEAST is heavy.
    With my new shoulder I have to be careful lifting a heavy load. 20200712_110624.jpg
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  12. EmmEff

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    Ontarioparks.ca says toilets are open, showers are not.
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  13. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    Good, that means the lineups are gonna be a lot shorter because most people will just use the drive thru. Every time I've gone thru Wawa, the Tim's was always packed full with a line right out the door. I just want my coffee quick!
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  14. Sjoerd Bakker

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    It Took me reading a few posts to figure out you are starting from the west coast . So it’s all downhill past Banff and mostly a tail wind( :D .would help if I read the thread title with more attention:doh)
    Take the time to ride up to Red Lake , Ont. ,it has some surprises along the way and a lot of float plane history in the town itself .
    Having a too- warm rated sleeping bag is smart, you never know if a cold front might come through. You can always sleep on top of it in a heat wave.
    Have fun .
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  15. oldgrizz

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    Thanks for the heads up on the highway.
    I am leaving from Prince George, British Columbia.
    The first day will be from Prince George to Elk Island Park east of Edmonton. 772 km.
    That will be one of the longest rides of the trip.
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  16. oldgrizz

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    Here is the starting KM's on the bike at the beginning of the trip. 20200714_123741.jpg
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  17. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Well making reservations for camping was interesting today. I am actually leaving on the 17th. Instead of the 16th delayed 1 day.
    My plan was to spend the first night in Elk Island Park east of Edmonton.
    Apparently in the parks in Alberta you can not book more than 1 day ahead.
    First call to Elk Island Park....no sites available.
    So I picked another park further east.
    Second call....yes sites are available
    Great.
    First question asked...
    Where are yoh coming from.
    Answer...British Columbia.
    Pause then....Sorry we are not allowing anyone from out of province into Alberta Parks to camp.
    Scratch that idea.
    First night...going to be a hotel as private campsites don't want me either.
    Next...Try a park in Manitoba.
    Success tent site booked.
    However I am going to have a few 750 plus km days...
    Stock seat....It should be interesting.
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  18. Lanis

    Lanis Full Time Wanderer Supporter

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    Hey Old Grizz

    If you make it to Saskatoon, I have tent space in the back yard, a new garage to park in, and 4 pubs within 4 blocks. Shower and toilet facilities, and coffee in the morning. PM me if you make it through here!

    Lanny
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  19. SK_in_AB

    SK_in_AB LOOKin to GS

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    Good luck on your ride and have fun. I had a similar run from Calgary to Waterloo for my university reunion planned for June. That trip got Corona’d of course.

    now planning to truck and rv trailer with SWMBO to Toronto in mid August. Will be keen to hear how your campsite arrangements work

    stay safe on the 2 lanes in N Ontario as those gravel shoulders are not 2 wheel friendly
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  20. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    The first day.
    Distance 834 km
    Prince George to Vegreville Alberta
    I played tag with thunder storms all the way.
    I didn't bother to stop and put on the rain gear because every tine I ran into heavy rain it was for 8 or 10 km then it would be sunshine again.
    The worst was the heavy side wind. It caused one lane change that wasn't planned.
    Divided highway and I went from the left lane to the right lane even though there was no input from me.
    I spent the night at the Vegreville Garden hotel.
    I highly recommend this place for anyone traveling highway 16 and looking for a spot for the night.
    The room was $65.00 Canadian or $4.00 American.
    They do not have a full restaurant but there is a pizza place and it was one of the best I have had.
    Here is a pic of the room.

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