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Bambooda 05-09-2013 08:13 PM

First trip: Mechanical Engineer on a mission, Toronto to Alaska and back!
So, I just recently graduated from 4 years of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and have had a desire to ride across the country on a motorcycle for many years now! Since the job hunt wasn't turning up too much that looked interesting, I decided this was the time for me to implement this dream. So with about a month 'till my approximate date of departure, I hastily bought a bike, began research, my itinerary, and any work to the bike that needed to be done (I know, not one of the most brilliant decisions, but it was necessary). Then...the phone call... one of the companies I had been interested in called me for an interview... long story short, I got the job and they said I could have 2 months before I start working so I could do my trip! SWEET!!!:clap The guys are really awesome and I look forward to working with them!

Rapidly burning all the money I saved, I purchased the gear it seemed I would need and accessories for the bike.

After a frantic month of final exams, trip planning, and bike preparation, everything was finally set to go!

Having spent no longer than 3 days away from home on a bike I knew it was going to be quite the jump spending 2 months out on the road hoping the bike doesn't shake itself to pieces, or that I get robbed, or eaten by a grizzly bear (as soooo many have warned me about....), oh yeah...and moose... lets not forget about those. Now, at the end of day 3 and in Thunder Bay, I have had a blast so far and can tell there will be TONS more enjoyable things to see and do!!!!

One of the first friends I made along the way in Blind River was a fellow from France, trying to hitch hike to Vancouver and back in 25 days! If I had room on the bike and an extra helmet, I would have taken him for sure!!!! He was a real nice guy and I hope he makes it there and back safe and sound!

I saw him again when I stop in Wawa! Too funny!

The days leading up to the trip I was getting extremely nervous and stressed, and sometimes sat there and asked myself "why the heck am I doing this; am I nuts??",
Oh yeah, that's right...I remember now :D

This morning on the way out of Wawa, it was cold...and raining...but that's ok, I have merino wool!!!!
Yup! that's ice on my windshield! But it's not actually colder than 0C...So how does this happen??? (And no, I'm not crazy enough to drive in sub-zero weather while it's raining.....yet) Time for your mini-physics lesson for the day: when a gas is rapidly compressed it rises in temperature (like in your engine!), vice-versa, it cools when rapidly expanded. As the air passes the windshield it tries to wrap around the windshield but the corner is too sharp and the air particles separate from the tailing edge of the windshield (kind of like when YOU take a corner too fast and end up in the ditch!:lol3) creating a void and drop in pressure reducing the temp enough to freeze the water....Now you know...

I will keep everyone as updated as much as time and free wifi will allow!

P.S. I am interested in partnering up/teaming up with others when I enter B.C./Yukon/Alaska, Please let me know if you are/know of anyone that is going to be around there late May/Early June!

Alcan Rider 05-09-2013 09:17 PM

I can hear Willy singing in the background "On the road again, It's so good to be on the road again..."

You realize that once this trip is over, you'll never be the same, don't you? This is just the beginning. No... the beginning was when you started reading ride reports. Your own report is merely proof that you have succumbed; you are being assimilated.

Off to a good start. :thumb. And don't be too concerned about doing the Dalton Hwy to Prudhoe Bay solo. Take your time and it's not difficult at all. And as you will see, you won't be alone up there. It is a popular destination for riders from all over the world.

Stay safe! We want to read a complete RR - out and back. :nod

willys 05-10-2013 07:59 AM

"On the road again..."""....."I'm ...on the road again..""

Just lov'in it......I'm just upset I have to wait until next year to get to go north again.....augh!!!
If I could figure out how to get someone else to do all the work I have to do around here and also get my daughter's graduation moved to a more convienient time I would be rushing to go myself!
Alcan Rider is 100% will never be the same again! It will be in your blood and will call you back every year....relentlessly.

Take your time and enjoy it thoroughly!

I'll be reading as you go.:deal:clap

GB 05-10-2013 09:06 AM

Sounds like a great opportunity.. thanks for taking us along and the physics lesson! :thumb


MrGoldfish 05-10-2013 12:03 PM


TheMechanic 05-10-2013 05:45 PM

Hey, let me know when you're in western Manitoba, we could hit some trails or something. You should come up the yellowhead and onward to Saskatoon.

Lappeman 05-10-2013 05:53 PM

Bambooda in Thunder Bay, ON...
Good luck on your adventure!!

Waterboiler 05-10-2013 06:02 PM

Mac mech eng eh? No wonder you mechanical skills are so good. If you were messing in the shops U must have gotten on well with Ron.

Enjoy your trip - you have earned it - trust me I know.

BackRoader 05-10-2013 09:17 PM

THe weather is improving here .... welcome to the Center of Canada (when you get here) and no, it's not Toronto.... that's more in the Middle East of Ontario :rofl

I trust Lappeman took good care of you in Thunder Bay!!!! He snores like a banchee:rofl

PhotoMotoAdv 05-10-2013 09:44 PM

Ben, enjoy the time on the road and godspeed! My own trip starts in a few weeks more and I will be riding many of the roads you're about to see right now. Following you here... :thumb

DrydenRider 05-11-2013 05:57 AM

Did Yukon/Alaska last year. You will love it.

Still zero here in Dryden at 8am. Going to be a cool couple days ahead. If I see you coming through will buy you a coffee. Imagine you will be trying to get further than here today but call if you need tent/bedroll space or anything. 807.220.2404

Bambooda 05-11-2013 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by BackRoader (Post 21382183)
I trust Lappeman took good care of you in Thunder Bay!!!! He snores like a banchee:rofl

I guess I was lucky to sleep in the camper then! :D but seriously, Lappeman and his wife were wonderful hosts and I was more than comfortable staying there.

I can't say thanks enough to all of those that have taken me in and offered me a place to stay, it has made my trip wonderful so far!

rgiroux 05-11-2013 10:47 AM

at the risk of my own sanity, subscribed. you're in for a hell of a trip! stay safe!

DutchVDub 05-11-2013 10:56 AM

Subscribed, good luck man and have fun

zoki1 05-11-2013 11:11 AM

:clap Great !!!keep posting !!!:clap:clap

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