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Old 03-27-07, 09:12 PM   #22026
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Bleh, i'd rather enjoy some nice fruit from kensington. I never go to McD.
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Old 03-27-07, 09:13 PM   #22027
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Provided that you don't get lonely easily, it's really the best way to go. When I toured through Eastern Europe on <$20/day, I often met up with other riders (mostly German, curiously) and while I enjoyed the company, I found riding with them fairly frustrating. Most went very slowly and only wanted to cover 40km MAX per day, and usually weren't very adventurous about staying in cheaper places off the beaten path. They also weren't very spontaneous, as I liked to simply get into a town and find a hostel on the internet that looked fun, while they'd usually want to stay in the city center. Many also liked getting smashed each night (beer was often like $.50/half liter), which makes the next day a waste. More than anything, I found I blew my budget hanging out with other people, and was very bad with my time. If you want to do it your way, the only way to go is to do it yourself.

QQY is dead on. I rode across Canada last summer alone because all of my friends are layabouts. Being alone can be gruelling after a while—I had a 2 week stint from western Alberta to Winnipeg where I was pretty much alone all day everyday—but the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks. I blew the most cash when hanging out with other cyclists, most of which went towards beer and motels. The guys I spent the most time with were booze hounds that would drop $60 bucks at the bar, then sleep in until 2pm the next day. Although stupid fun, this resulted in 40km days which can become really frustrating if you have limited cash flow and dates to meet.

You'll run into loads of people on the way across. I envy you; I'd love to tour again this summer.

Oh, and a word of advice: Stay the hell off of the Trans Canada in Manitoba. It has ZERO shoulder. You're basically riding in the lane with highway traffic.

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Old 03-27-07, 09:14 PM   #22028
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damn it! i totally ****ed the threads on my crank puller after working on my winter bike. serenity now!
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damn it! i totally ****ed the threads on my crank puller after working on my winter bike. serenity now!
Better than screwing the threads on the crank.
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Serenity was awesome.
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Old 03-27-07, 09:33 PM   #22031
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Op the sex machine. I knew a Serinity once. And a girl named Taffy Hornybrook.

Not at the same time though.
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Old 03-27-07, 09:35 PM   #22032
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Oh, and a word of advice: Stay the hell off of the Trans Canada in Manitoba. It has ZERO shoulder. You're basically riding in the lane with highway traffic.
Oh Sh1t. That stuff was the nuts last summer. Probably the scariest part of a cross Canada tour. Gaawd, the roads just suck.

Nothing like riding left of the line because there's not shoulder, and the edge of the road is disintegrating.
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Old 03-27-07, 09:43 PM   #22033
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QQY is dead on. I rode across Canada last summer alone because all of my friends are layabouts. Being alone can be gruelling after a while—I had a 2 week stint from western Alberta to Winnipeg where I was pretty much alone all day everyday—but the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks. I blew the most cash when hanging out with other cyclists, most of which went towards beer and motels. The guys I spent the most time with were booze hounds that would drop $60 bucks at the bar, then sleep in until 2pm the next day. Although stupid fun, this resulted in 40km days which can become really frustrating if you have limited cash flow and dates to meet.

You'll run into loads of people on the way across. I envy you; I'd love to tour again this summer.

Oh, and a word of advice: Stay the hell off of the Trans Canada in Manitoba. It has ZERO shoulder. You're basically riding in the lane with highway traffic.
Thanks for the advice. I was actually thinking of branching south in manitoba and going around the south side of lake superior and then through michigan. I've heard nothing but bad things about the trans canada highway in manitoba and northern ontario.
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Old 03-27-07, 10:02 PM   #22034
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the northeast shoulder of lake superior is the most beautiful part of ontario in my opinion. not to be missed.

on a sadder note my bottom bracket sounds like a washing machine filled with rocks on spin cycle. translation: keith, i'll be seeing you on thursday with a broken bike. tomorrow i'm making one of those godawful hands in my pockets bank commercials. ugh.
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If I can add my .02 cents: The yellowhead in Manitoba was quite nice (good pavement, super wide shoulder), but once it ends in Portage La Prarie and becomes the TCH heading towards Winnipeg, it's a nightmare, just as described above. Northern Ontario on the TCH was just fine, if my memory serves me well. I was warned about completely broken-up road surface, and found it to be prefectly smooth with a consistently decent shoulder (two or three feet). Traffic never bothered me much. Except for tractor-trailer trucks, but then again, they made me nervous everywhere.

And I fully think you should do Ontario instead of Michigan. Northern Ontario is so spectacular!
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Old 03-27-07, 10:30 PM   #22036
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Charlie, let me know your ballpark route. You'd be welcome to stay at my folks' farm outside of Regina if you head that way on #1.
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And I fully think you should do Ontario instead of Michigan. Northern Ontario is so spectacular!
Agreed. The lakes and rock formations seem to start at soon as you hit the Ontario boarder, and the roads start to get 1000% better at that point too. If anything, Ontario's midsection with it's hundreds of miles of straight cut forest is the part to miss. But sometimes you don't get to choose things like that on a tour.

When I think Michigan, I think smoke stacks and Eminem.

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Old 03-28-07, 04:58 AM   #22038
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Better than screwing the threads on the crank.
Exactly why I now have new cranks on my fixie (and a new gear ratio.. wheee!).
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TRaffic Jammer coming in next, who would have guessed.
What'd I win? The babble finger award?
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I've got an irritating ....not a squeak, but a eergh...I think one of my arms is slightly loose....or it's the pedal.
I was out grinding the gear last night and trying to find a nice stroke.....I think I might play with my cleat positioning again, it feels like I'm too far ahead on the pedal for a good quick cadence. Should be finished in court soonish I hope ..... safety soon!

Be well all you punks.

I can't speak of riding Northern Ont., but having been a passenger as a child heading out west of the Northern Highway was an amazing sight that has stayed with me all my life.

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Old 03-28-07, 07:03 AM   #22040
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i wanna do that. i was in cancun last december. during a 15 minute walk through town i was offered weed, speed, coke, crack, hot ladies, hot boys, and last but not least, steroids! yowza. anything can be had for a price down there.
Sounds like Main and Hastings in Vancouver...but with rain.
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I rode through there a couple times when I was in Vancouver in Feb.. fun times. Pray you don't get a red light.

ugh.. I'm "helping" in a training session for the morning. I hate doing this ish. Plus this kb is super loud so I can't quietly goof off in the back.
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jeebus I'm bored.. someone post something!
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I made a poo......and it was Good!
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I cleaned gabbys poo...it was not good!
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oh you guys!
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oh you guys!
you asked for it.
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yeah.. I'm always up for a good poo story.
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try this on for size wes:

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y'all lost me.
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