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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DRRambler, Aug 24, 2013.
So are you home yet? At least it is not really cold out today. Welcome Home!! lol
Well I'm finally back on Canadian soil. After a train, taxi, 3 flights, a bus ride, and then a ferry I am on Vancouver Island. As I write this I'm having a nice cup of coffee looking out onto the ocean from a cool little cottage. My wife surprised me by renting the place. For the next two days I'll decompress and then we start house hunting.
I need to go back to Vancouver next week to pick up the bike and I will store it here at a friends place. 5 weeks from now I start my new job here on the Island so we really need to find a place soon. We still have to go back to Edmonton to collect all our furniture and stuff from storage.
Never a dull moment
Good for you, thanks for the memories.
Glad you are home safe and thank you for the great RR.
Dave great to see you made back home safely, Im sure your excited to be back with family and friends.
Youll need some time to readjust back to a normal life, because I know I did.
How did things work out with your shipping weight, and did you remove your front tire?
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Good luck with your house search and your new job.
Dave,If you need a place to stay the night on your way to or from Edmt. you are welcome at our place.Drop me a message.
Thanks so much for all the work you put in on your trip, it was awesome. Having said that, I'm eagerly awaiting the DR review.
Okay stats nerds, here you go...
Stats wrap up
Well here is the final tally for all the stats of the trip. This is not very scientific but I'd say it's about 95% accurate. There a certainly plenty of things I forgot to document or have the amounts wrong.
I tried to keep track as closely as I could.
A few notes:
I am using $ CAD
The expenses for my Belize break are not included
The Christmas break expenses are not included
Stahlratte not included $950 USD
Air fare and shipping home not included $1500 air fare $1800 shipping
Final trip distance 32,089km
Oil changes: 4
#1 San Cristobal Mexico @ 8,200km
#2 Jaco Costa Rica @ 4,300km
#3 Hanuco Peru @ 6,820km
#4 Coyhaique Chile @ 8,167km
Tires: 2 front tires and 3 rear tires
First set of tires were Mitas E07 NON DAKAR. The rear Mitas was removed in Costa Rica at 12,500km and replaced with a Kenda K761
The Kenda Rear and the Mitas front were replaced in Peru. The front had 20,000km and the rear 7,600km. The new front was a Continental TKC80 and the new rear a Hiedenau Scout K60
By the end of the trip the Hiedenau is ready to be replaced with about 12,000km but the front has some life left in it albiet with lots of cupping.
1 set of front brake pads
1 set of rear brake pads
2 Countershaft seals. First replacement faulty
1 set of rear wheel bearings
1 Rear tube. Only one flat the whole trip.
1 rubber spacer for GIVI trunk
Hockey puck for side stand lost at Lake Tahoe
Acerbis hand guard bolts x 2
Bicycle led tail light
1 small pad lock
Side panel rubber spacer
Ipod nano and earbuds
Fuel used: 1,509 liters
Fuel cost: $1,859
Fuel per liter $1.21
Fuel per day $11.41
Fuel cost per km $0.0589
Consumption 4.781 liters/100km
Daily average distance 194km
per day $19.81
Food includes booze
per day $13.80
per day $3.17
per day $0.55
per day $1.37
per day $1.3
per day $0.15
Vehicle import fees/customs fees/insurance
per day $3.58
per day $2.26
per day $2.61
per day $59.58
cost per km $0.31
U.S.A. and Canada
Thanks for keeping track of all this, Dave, and breaking it down so concisely...looks like a pretty complete list and I'm very impressed with your discipline in recording all these expenses. Will certainly be of benefit for any one else planning a similar trip...well done!
Great breakdown, and great info for anyone considering a trip like this.
You budget looks pretty basic, on reflection if there was one area where you could have reduced costs where would it have been ?
If I had needed to reduce costs I could have done it with food. I ate meals at restaurants most times even when a kitchen was available.
Perhaps some more camping. I only camped 3 times after north america
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Very interesting trip to follow DR - and for a great cause! Good luck in your move and change of jobs!
Dave - When you fell during the water-crossing, did you damage the suit, gloves, boots, helmet, camera, or any other gear? Did you fall at any other time, if so, how did the gear hold up? Did it protect you completely?
And washing the gear, how did that go?
The get off was really at a slow speed but I did hit my helmet on the ground. Nothing was damaged other than the pannier and my pride.
Washing the gear involved removing all the padding and merely taking it to the hotel laundry with instructions to use medium heat for both water and drying. I really did not have fun replacing the armour padding but it was worth it to get rid of the stink.
Glad to see you home and all is well. I like the budget thing, but for me I think I would need more beer money!
Glad you are home safe. Funny that you and Dan lost the same two things...a small pad lock and a hockey puck! See you this summer in Vic.
Absolutely awesome ride report Dave, really enjoyed the details and great pictures. Most importantly was that you returned home safe with a ton of great memories. Thanks for taking us along - Cheers!
I want to also add my congrats and my appreciation of the time and effort you expended for this report. I was a great read and a true inspiration for those of us who dream about a similar trip.
Hope to see you on the road someday, it will be my pleasure to buy you a beer.
Dave, your attention to detail is impeccable. Thank you yet again for your efforts and reports.
I too wish to be on the beer buy list in due course. I was as far west as Cranbrook on the Buell last summer before darting south into the USA and was to Vancouver in the car for a few days.