Tuesday, 27 May 2014

I'm really champing at the bit now. I'll be sailing most of June, although part of me wants to jump on the scoot and head East the day I start my vacation (This Saturday!).

I did some final work on the scoot last weekend, installing the GPS and putting in a 12 VDC outlet in one of the saddlebags. The only thing left to do now is pack up and go.

A few more thoughts on places to go, things to do:
I'm a bit lost on what to do in Winnipeg, but I see there's a nice Amusement Park with go-carts. We built go-carts as kids and I rode on several of them, but I've never done it on a track - should be fun! And maybe miniature golf, etc.

I was listening to Arrogant Worms (Canada's Really Big) and I remembered "Terry's Taxidermy and Mounted Animal Nature Trail" on Manitoulin Island in Ontario - I HAVE to check that out!

And it looks like New Brunswick has some nice camping on the North Shore (Bathurst) so I'll try camping there a few days.

Any other suggestions on where to go, what to see?

Saturday, 17 May 2014

I have most of the stuff I need for the trip, so I decided to see if it all fits on the scoot. It does! I still need a small pot to go with my nice new frypan, but basically we're Good To Go.

I decided to bite the bullet and get a fancy backpacking stove. I chose an MSR "Whisperlite": it packs up really small, is a good base for whatever pot I put on top, and was not that expensive.

I also ended up with the "Mondo King" mattress. It backs up a bit large, but it's REALLY comfy and looks like it will last a long time.

So now I'm pretty much ready to go. It doesn't look like I'll have time for the "dry run", but I've put 400 km or so on her since the tuneup and I'm confident she's ready to hit the road. And now that I've found that all the stuff I need will fit, I'm ready to go. I'm off the first sunny day after June 24th (Cher's concert). I do need to be pretty much ready by June 1st though, since I'll be sailing from then to the concert.

My first "stop" will be Calgary, where I'll visit my out...errr... inlaws. Should take 2 days. Next, a 2-3 day trip to Fort Qu'Appelle Sask to visit a friend I went to school with (and haven't seen since). Hope to get a bit of fishing in while I'm there. Then, off to Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, camping and fishing in Northern Ontario, Toronto, Montreal, Bathurst, Halifax, and finally St John's.