With the test trip completed, the bike fitted, the gear packed, and the routes downloaded, there’s not much to do now for the big trip but to anxiously wait through the final 24 hours before Oliver and I fly-off to Vancouver. I talked in more detail about the ride and the route we are taking in my last post, so I’ll keep the extra details to a minimum. Since that post we’ve modified the route to remove Jasper and take a slightly different route through Alberta and Saskatchewan for the sake of saving a bit of time and distance. The new route looks more like this:
Most of the gear listed previously hasn’t changed though I have swapped out some kit and upped my front dry bag from 5L to 10L for a little extra food carrying capacity. All together the gear I’m taking is:
And it somehow all manages to fit into:
The little orange device to the right of the sunglasses in the gear picture is a SPOT Gen3 GPS Beacon that not only allows us to send SOS messages when in dire need but can also provide live tracking and daily check-in messages. We’ve aptly named the emergency GPS beacon the Beacon of Gondor. To follow along with our live tracking (once we hit the road, of course), check out our SPOT page here.
That’s about all I have for now. To follow along with our adventure beyond the live tracker, I’ll be trying to upload my rides daily on Strava and I’ll try to post weekly-ish updates and photos here on Quads of Carbon!
Well, here goes nothin’…
Cheers and Ride On!