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Old 08-17-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Kingston Ontario to Denver Colorado

The time has come! I am going to ride my DRZ 400 sm from Kingston Ontario to Denver Colorado. I have done a bit of planning but essentially I am taking some time off work and heading in that general direction. I have ridden from Kingston to just north of New York city earlier this year as a test run. It went well! Now for the big ride. Well, big for me.

I plan to stay in Ontario for the most part then start to consider a south west route to Denver. I want to be a little loose on the exact route, letting thing unfold somewhat sporadically.

I test fitted my gear tonight and things look reasonably tight. I also fitted some gas packs to help with the range of the stock tank.

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I think I am as ready as I am going to be. Tomorrow Betts and I are off. Betts be the dizer.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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Looking good! Please don't be offended but if I were you and I was going to be on some gravel or dirt at some point I'd get some cheap cam lock type tie downs, bungees don't really cut it on rough roads and you don't want to get somewhere without your toothbrush/underwear/whiskey/porn, whatever else ya got in there.

Going a southern route a lot of guys head down the CDT which I've never done but conveniently enough, it goes from Canada to Colorado.

Have a great trip!
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:50 AM   #3
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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Okay so I left a little late last this morning. I was not quite happy with my initial setup so I took a bit of time to change it up a bit.

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:44 PM   #6
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I went north and west. Up to Bancroft and over to Parry Sound. This route was great ridding and beautiful. Nice twisty road. Lost of lakes and rock outcrops.










From Parry Sound to Sudbury not so nice. It was very freeway like. Too fast for a fun ride. It also rained a bit so I got the rains unit on. It also started to get a bit cool so I kept it on.



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Old 08-19-2012, 03:50 AM   #7
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Looking good! Please don't be offended but if I were you and I was going to be on some gravel or dirt at some point I'd get some cheap cam lock type tie downs, bungees don't really cut it on rough roads and you don't want to get somewhere without your toothbrush/underwear/whiskey/porn, whatever else ya got in there.

Going a southern route a lot of guys head down the CDT which I've never done but conveniently enough, it goes from Canada to Colorado.

Have a great trip!

Thanks for the tip AviatorTroy. I did wonder about the bungees and I do have some good tie downs with me but when I set out it looked okay so I said " truck it, let's se how it go". So far my toothbrush, underwear, and whiskey are accounted for but I am missing my porn. Hummmm?
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:23 AM   #8
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First day out I made it to just past Sudbury. It was getting late and I knew it would be dark soon. I had not eaten since breakfast except for a Coffee Crip at one of the gas stops. So I stopped at Tim's for dinner. One of those Tim's you find on any highway. I did an update to the ride report and started to think about a place to sleep.

Well just across the road was a construction site. Looked like they were renovating an office building. Behind the build was a treeline with a nicely taken care of lawn with trees and flower gardens etc. In the dusk I rolled the bike behind some of the trees and set the tent up. It was about 9:30 by the time I crawled into my sleeping bag. I lay there for about an hour going in and out of sleep. It was rainning again, small intermittent showers. "Neat", I thought. I am sleeping for free and I am dry. Then I slept! At around 4:30 I started to stir. At 5:30 I sat up and started to look out of the tent. At about 6 I put my boots on and stepped out and there behind me looked to be a garden shed. It appeared I camped on some one's back yard. Nervously I packed up my stuff and got off the grounds as quickly as possible just in case. I was pretty well cover but just in case I jetted!

Same Tim's for breakfast.



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Old 08-19-2012, 06:18 PM   #9
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Dude - I drove through Bancroft yesterday! Was on my was from Barry's bay to Ganaraska, nice, nice, nice roads up there.

Probably a good thing we didn't cross paths, I might have turned westward with you....

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I went north and west. Up to Bancroft and over to Parry Sound. This route was great ridding and beautiful. Nice twisty road. Lost of lakes and rock outcrops.










From Parry Sound to Sudbury not so nice. It was very freeway like. Too fast for a fun ride. It also rained a bit so I got the rains unit on. It also started to get a bit cool so I kept it on.



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Old 08-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #10
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Looking forward to following your trip reports from the comfort of Kingston
Just told my family last night that my DRZ was too much of a torture rack for long trips. There goes that theory. Ride Smart.
(will you be visiting a man by the name of Eddie in CO. ?)
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:34 PM   #11
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Okay guys sorry for the lack of contact. Yesterday evening I was simply too tired to write anything sensible.

Before I get started I would like make a special mention about the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) an the American boarder services.

I was just outside the Sault Ste Marie Tim's trying to get some wifi to figure out how long it may take me to get to Thunder Bay. Well the Tim's on the main drag does not have wifi. Humm where could I go?

An OPP officer pulls in with one of those mean looking Chevy Suburbans. I think to myself, he may know. So I tell him, I am looking for some public wifi. He explains to me that the McDonalds up the street has wifi. Small stuff I know, but his whole attitude and mannerisms on how he spoke to me was professional and friendly. He had genuine sense of "very happy to help you and it is no trouble at all".

Similarly, when I crossed the board at Sault Ste Marie the American boarder services were professional, courteous and friendly. Nice folks work those boards. I am sure when it is necessary they can make things challenging for those with less that ideal motives.

I mention these two agencies because they carry significant powers and they are often put in a bad light, particularly for allegation of abuse of power. In my opinion if you have your shit together, speak sensibly and listen attentively like we were all taught in grade school you will be find.

When I went on the Green Bay Packers tour, the tour guide asked about the boarder crossing in a concerned kind of way. I reassured him that the experience was good and he was please to hear that.

I write about this because I keep thinking about it while riding.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #12
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Looking forward to following your trip reports from the comfort of Kingston
Just told my family last night that my DRZ was too much of a torture rack for long trips. There goes that theory. Ride Smart.
(will you be visiting a man by the name of Eddie in CO. ?)
I do think I will visit Eddie. He is probably sick of DRZ chatter.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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I am so glad I decided not to go to Thunder Bay. It is quite a run after the Sault judging from the estimated trip time. Sorry Ontario you just keep going and going and going and going.......

I decided to listen to my friend Craig who went to school in Thunder Bay. Skip Thunder Bay.

I headed down along what the locals in Michigan refer to as the U P, upper peninsula ( I think). I knew I was in a different place because they had all assortment of booze on the shelf and beer in the fridges at the gas stations.

Thinking of my friend Craig, I decided to try and get to Green Bay. They have a tour of their football team's stadium. On Travelocity it is well rated. On my way down it was starting to get dark at Escanaba. I knew I should not be riding after dark due to the deer hazards. Well sure enough there is all kinds of wildlife between Escanaba and Menominee. Went by a group of three big ass wild turkeys and a bouncing buck. I gave in to an Econolodge in Menominee where I had a warm shower. I went across to the gas station and got me a beer. Drank that beer and I was done.

That was yesterday.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:23 PM   #14
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Da room.

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Old 08-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #15
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