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Old 01-27-2012, 03:00 AM   #796
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I didn't talk at all on the cell last year. WiFi was everywhere... gas stations... even the campground. Just hooked up to that with the iPod for a once-a-day email.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:32 AM   #797
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Your lucky day pwrcrzr---that is the weekend I am committed....I will be out unfortunately. I nominate my spot to you.

Thanks Clarke..I will buy a round at CROMAG this year.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:08 AM   #798
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Pretty much any American cell phone will work here, but you will get charged roaming fees and long distance if you make calls. Expensive, but at least it works in an emergency. Before you come, though, it might be worth inquiring with your provider if they offer a cheap international text messaging SMS package. I travel a lot for work and I just arrange a temporary SMS package before my trip and that way I can send unlimited txt msgs from anywhere in the world for a very reasonable fee.



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Old 01-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #799
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Pretty much any American cell phone will work here, but you will get charged roaming fees and long distance if you make calls. Expensive, but at least it works in an emergency. Before you come, though, it might be worth inquiring with your provider if they offer a cheap international text messaging SMS package. I travel a lot for work and I just arrange a temporary SMS package before my trip and that way I can send unlimited txt msgs from anywhere in the world for a very reasonable fee.



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Most providers have a "Canada as home" package for a fairly reasonable fee. Many people close to the border get it so as to avoid the unpleasant surprise you get when you hit a Canadian tower and get charged out the ass without knowing it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:23 AM   #800
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Selling points include stranding Daan on the highway, in Canada, and at a gas station each time with a new form of catastrophic engine failure!
Naw, you're looking at it all wrong.

It gave us a chance to have a nice chat.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:02 AM   #801
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Naw, you're looking at it all wrong.

It gave us a chance to have a nice chat.
And a chance for Daan to warm up. Met him at the gas station in Carelton Place on the first morning, and all he had on was mesh warm weather riding gear. He was soaked to the bone, lips were blue and he was shivering like crazy! But he was rarin' to go! We convinced him to go inside and warm up, while we added more oil to the little Honda.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:05 AM   #802
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Most providers have a "Canada as home" package for a fairly reasonable fee. Many people close to the border get it so as to avoid the unpleasant surprise you get when you hit a Canadian tower and get charged out the ass without knowing it.
Interesting, I live 15 minutes from the US border. I often get my phone picking up one of your towers. But as soon as i do i get a txt that says "welcometo the USA"
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:42 AM   #803
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Interesting, I live 15 minutes from the US border. I often get my phone picking up one of your towers. But as soon as i do i get a txt that says "welcome to the USA"
It's hard to read a text when you're on a headset. I think ours says "You are roaming. Hand over your wallet."
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:07 AM   #804
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And a chance for Daan to warm up. Met him at the gas station in Carelton Place on the first morning, and all he had on was mesh warm weather riding gear. He was soaked to the bone, lips were blue and he was shivering like crazy! But he was rarin' to go! We convinced him to go inside and warm up, while we added more oil to the little Honda.
There can be no debate, regardless of what the rest of us were doing, Daan was having an adventure.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #805
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:37 PM   #806
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Cheapo Swiss Mil surplus saddle bags

Okee Dokee, here is the finished product. I am gonna go hammer it through the forest a few times and commute with it for a few months to see how it works out but I think I have it pretty well sorted now. I have no idea what the Swiss need such heavy duty mega water proof backpacks for if they are all "neutral" but they are serios about not getting their stuff wet.

Starts with how they come. I hacked the shoulder strap off and put two 1 inch web straps though the fittings. Looped it through several times and adjusted it to the seat width. I hooked the rear strap though the tool case strap although your means of locking it in place will vary. Last shots show it full and being sealed as well as how it sits on the saddle bag frames. Not shown is the bits of velcro strapped around the lower frame and through the lower buckles on the bags.

These bags have roll up closures and are very sturdy for $18 a peice
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If you want to see the bags up close this link to the gallery should allow you to pull the full resolution images
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:35 AM   #807
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Met with Jimmy and Flanny yesterday to discuss the route. Things are beginning to come together.

Day one looks to be about 350 kilometers in length. It has 3 notable water crossings and one hydro line. A rail line and a few of the same roads/trails as last year. I suspect the fast crowd will finish it in 7-8 hours (start early if you aren't in the fast crowd ).

Day two will cross via a small ferry into Quebec. Less technical but with greater mileage....700 kilometers. A mix of sand and gravel roller coaster roads with some scenic slab twisties.

Day three will have two optional routes. A get me the he'll outta here twisty slab route and a I can't get enough please put me back into the technical stuff route. Both will cross back into Ontario just south of Ottawa.

To be confirmed but we are trying to ensure the campgrounds that will be utilized can accommodate 100 of us (not an easy task trying to convince mom and pop campground owners that 100 motor bikes is a good thing).

Hope to have some gps files ready later in the winter. Like always it is a suggested route
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:54 AM   #808
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Not shown is the bits of velcro strapped around the lower frame and through the lower buckles on the bags.
Any chance of showing a closeup of that? I bought a couple of the same bags, and I was planning on doing something with lighter-duty nylon webbing at the bottom.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:37 AM   #809
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #810
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I think I've been on the ferry. Been a few years...
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