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X-Canada 2009 - My Canada includes 10 provinces!


An 8,500km cross-Canada ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans that includes ALL provinces!

8,548 km (5,311 miles) over 95 days from June 13, 2009 to September 15, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Custom bikes, Equipment lists, Expedition touring bikes, Road bikes, 1-3 months, Canada Coast to Coast, Canada West to East, Canadian Rockies
Locales: North America, Canada, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, United States, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin
Year: 2009
Keywords: BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia Newfoundland

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/X-Canada-2009

Copyright © 2009-2014 By Bryan Thorp - (contact)

Status: Completed Jan 2013
Last update: Thursday April 18, 2013 14:06 (US/Pacific) (edited Sun 21 Apr 2013 17:35 (US/Pacific))
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West of Seney, MI Justin from Guelph, ON, pulling a BOB look-alike and heading to his new job in the Alberta oil fields!


Table of Contents

Preliminaries

      Who am I and why am I doing this?
      Where am I going and what are my objectives?
      How am I preparing for this trip?
      What is my equipment?
      How will I handle communications?

The Ride

      British Columbia: Beautiful British Columbia
            Day 1: New Westminster, BC --> Parksville, BC
            Day 2: Parksville, BC --> Robert's Lake, BC
            Day 3: Robert's Lake, BC --> Woss, BC
            Day 4: Woss, BC --> Port Hardy, BC
            Day 5: Port Hardy, BC --> Prince Rupert, BC (by ferry - 15 hours)
            Day 6: Prince Rupert, BC --> Terrace, BC
            Day 7: Terrace, BC --> Hazelton, BC
            Day 8: Hazelton, BC --> Ft. Telkwa, BC
            Day 9: Ft. Telkwa, BC --> Topley, BC (Father's Day & Summer Solstice)
            Day 10: Topley, BC --> Burns Lake, BC
            Day 11: Burns Lake, BC --> Vanderhoof, BC
            Day 12: Vanderhoof, BC --> Prince George, BC
            Day 13: Prince George, BC --> McBride, BC
            Day 14: McBride, BC - Rest day
            Day 15: McBride, BC --> Jasper, AB
      Alberta: Wild Rose Country
            Day 16: Jasper, AB - Rest day 1 of 2
            Day 17: Jasper, AB - Rest day 2 of 2
            Day 18: Jasper, AB --> Icefield Centre, AB
            Day 19: Columbia Icefield Parkway Centre, AB --> Mosquito Creek, AB (Canada Day)
            Day 20: Mosquito Creek, AB --> Canmore, AB
            Day 21: Canmore, AB --> 7km north of Cochrane, AB
            Day 22: 7km north of Cochrane, AB --> Irricana, AB
            Day 23: Irricana, AB --> Bassano, AB
            Day 24: Bassano, AB - Rest day to recover from sickness
            Day 25: Bassano, AB --> Medicine Hat, AB
            Day 26: Medicine Hat, AB --> Maple Creek, SK
      Saskatchewan: Land of the Living Skies
            Day 27: Maple Creek, SK --> Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, SK
            Day 28: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, SK --> Shaunavon, SK
            Day 29: Shaunavon, SK --> Lafleche, SK
            Day 30: Lafleche, SK --> Ogema, SK
            Day 31: Ogema, SK --> Weyburn, SK
            Day 32: Weyburn, SK - Rest day
            Day 33: Weyburn, SK --> Redvers, SK
            Day 34: Redvers, SK --> Souris, MB
      Manitoba: Friendly Manitoba
            Day 35: Souris, MB --> Somerset, MB
            Day 36: Somerset, MB --> Morris, MB
            Day 37: Morris, MB --> Vita, MB
            Day 38: Vita, MB --> Roseau, MN
      Minnesota, USA: Explore Minnesota - 10,000 Lakes
            Day 39: Roseau, MN - Rest day
            Day 40: Roseau, MN --> Birchdale, MN
            Day 41: Birchdale, MN --> Orr, MN
            Day 42: Orr, MN --> Duluth, MN
            Day 43: Duluth, MN --> Ashland, WI
      Wisconsin, USA: America┬┤s Dairyland
            Day 44: Ashland, WI --> Wakefield, MI
      Michigan, USA: Great Lakes
            Day 45: Wakefield, MI --> Vermilac Lake, MI
            Day 46: Vermilac Lake, MI --> Munising, MI
            Day 47: Munising, MI --> Newberry, MI
            Day 48: Newberry, MI --> Sault Ste Marie, ON
      Ontario: Yours to Discover
            Day 49: Sault Ste Marie, ON - Rest day
            Day 50: Sault Ste Marie, ON - Rest day
            Day 51: Sault Ste Marie, ON --> Blind River, ON
            Day 52: Blind River, ON --> Sudbury, ON (Civic Holiday in ON)
            Day 53: Sudbury, ON ---> Pisimi Lake, ON
            Day 54: Pisimi Lake, ON --> Pembroke, ON
            Day 55: Pembroke, ON --> Kinburn, ON
            Day 56: Kinburn, ON --> Rockland, ON
            Day 57: Rockland, ON --> Carillon, QC
      Quebec: Je me souviens
            Day 58: Carillon, QC --> Longueuil, QC
            Days 59-64: Montreal, QC - Rest Day (08/10) and Vacation Days (08/11-15)
            Day 65: Longueuil, QC --> Berthierville, QC
            Day 66: Berthierville, QC --> Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, QC
            Day 67: Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, QC --> Quebec City, QC
            Day 68: Quebec City, QC --> Riviere-Ouelle, QC
            Day 69: Riviere-Ouelle, QC --> Bic Provincial Park, QC
            Day 70: Bic Provincial Park, QC --> Causapscal, QC
            Day 71: Causapscal, QC - Rest day
            Day 72: Causapscal, QC --> Jacquet River, NB
      New Brunswick: The province with no license plate slogan!
            Day 73: Jacquet River, NB --> Black River, NB
            Day 74: Black River, NB --> Cocagne, NB
            Day 75: Cocagne, NB --> Summerside, PEI
      Prince Edward Island: Confederation Bridge / Canada's Green Province / Birthplace of Confederation
            Day 76: Summerside, PEI --> PEI National Park, Cavendish , PEI
            Day 77: PEI National Park, Cavendish, PEI --> St. Peters, PEI
            Day 78: St. Peters, PEI --> Charlottetown, PEI
            Day 79-80: Charlottetown, PEI - Rest day and Vacation Day
            Day 81: Charlottetown, PEI --> French River, NS
      Nova Scotia: Canada's Ocean Playground
            Day 82: French River, NS --> Whycocomagh, NS
            Day 83: Whycocomagh, NS --> Englishtown, NS
            Day 84: Englishtown, NS --> North Sydney, NS (embark ferry to NL)
      Newfoundland: A World of Difference
            Day 85: Argentia, NF (disembark ferry to NF) --> nr. Dunville, NF (at Fitzgerald's Campground)
            Day 86: nr. Dunville, NF (at Fitzgerald's Campground) --> Heart's Content, NF
            Day 87: Heart's Content, NF --> Carbonear, NF (Labour Day)
            Day 88: Carbonear, NF - Day off due to poor weather
            Day 89: Carbonear, NF --> St. John's, NF *** X-Canada tour done! ***
            Day 90: St. John's, NF - Vacation day
            Day 91: St. John's, NF --> Cape Spear, NF & return *** Symbolic ride ***
            Day 92: St. John's, NF - Vacation day
            Day 93: St. John's, NF - Vacation day
            Day 94: St. John's, NF - Vacation day
            Day 95: St. John's, NF - Fly home

Conclusion

      Eating: Food and nutrition
      Partners: My first partner was a disaster
      Equipment: What worked, what didn't and what would've been nice to have
      Favourites: Highlights, disappointments and regrets
      Health: Pain and pleasure
      Annoyances: Miscellaneous bitching
      Numbers: For the obsessive and anal!


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