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Old 08-10-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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9000 km on the TCAT, solo

Starting tomorrow, I plan on heading out to ride the Trans Canada Adventure Trail, from Bancroft, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia. I'll be aboard an XR650R, and plan on camping as much as possible. So far the trip is looking like 9000km, and I plan on taking around 30 days.

As of right now, I will be blogging about it, with updates hopefully several times a week. The reason I will be using a blog instead of just posting the updates to this forum is to make the ride report a little more accessible to friends and family who are not part of this great community. Once the trip is done and I am a little more settled in BC, I intend to update this thread with my blog posts.

If you care to follow along on this adventure, my blog is http://westboundndown.blogspot.ca. The blog is linked to my email, and I will also try to periodically check this thread, and maybe post updates and a few pictures. First priority is the blog, however.

Thanks guys! I'm looking forward to posting updates as things happen.

Mike

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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Awesome! I'll be following your blog. Best of luck!
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:05 PM   #3
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A link to your blog would be helpful.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:15 PM   #4
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A link to your blog would be helpful.
Yup. Fixed. Thank you
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:22 PM   #5
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You're blazing trails man. Good luck. I'm following along with hopes I might be able to do the whole thing myself.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:01 PM   #6
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Updates for the first few days are up!
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:29 AM   #7
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Damn you are covering some serious miles each day
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:11 PM   #8
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Gah! In the Narrows in Manitoba with blown bearings in my real wheel. Closest dealer is 130 km away. Not 100% sure what I'm going to do yet. Might try to get someone to ship bearings here, but then I'm sitting here for a few days. Or just ride real slow, but I can't see that being very good.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:57 PM   #9
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Gah! In the Narrows in Manitoba with blown bearings in my real wheel. Closest dealer is 130 km away. Not 100% sure what I'm going to do yet. Might try to get someone to ship bearings here, but then I'm sitting here for a few days. Or just ride real slow, but I can't see that being very good.
The rear wheel bearing numbers for a XR650R are 6004 and 6204. And the fronts are 6003. The 6004 and 6204 bearing are pretty common. They are used in snowmobiles. Any kind of bearing supply place, mc/atv/snowmobile place or even Canadian Tire would be good places to look. When you get a chance pick up a spare set. I always seem to go through bearing pretty quick on my 650R, especially the rears. While you're shopping around pick up a punch about 9" long to knock the old bearings out.

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Old 08-20-2014, 09:40 PM   #10
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Enjoying following your travels. Keep up the great work!
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Old Yesterday, 11:50 AM   #11
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Bike is fixed! Thanks to everyone for their help. Updates to the blog should be up by Saturday.
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Fantastic

Hope to do it next year, same bike etc. Thanks for the RR.
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