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Old 02-24-2014, 08:59 AM   #781
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Absolutely awesome ride report Dave, really enjoyed the details and great pictures. Most importantly was that you returned home safe with a ton of great memories. Thanks for taking us along - Cheers!
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:15 PM   #782
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Inspiration

I want to also add my congrats and my appreciation of the time and effort you expended for this report. I was a great read and a true inspiration for those of us who dream about a similar trip.

Hope to see you on the road someday, it will be my pleasure to buy you a beer.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:52 AM   #783
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Dave, your attention to detail is impeccable. Thank you yet again for your efforts and reports.

I too wish to be on the beer buy list in due course. I was as far west as Cranbrook on the Buell last summer before darting south into the USA and was to Vancouver in the car for a few days.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:14 AM   #784
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Just want to add my thanks for the effort you took to document the trip! I particularly liked the maps you would include. I feel like a major piece of the puzzle is missing if I don't have a mental location in my mind of what is being described or where the pictures are being taken. Your reporting was perfect! Zoom out on the map.. get an idea where your track was.. start reading the update. Just perfect!

Glad you are home safe and sound and good luck with the new job, house, life!
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:34 PM   #785
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Great RR Dave! Loved reading it and really appreciated how meticulous you were on tracking the details. Enjoy the new job and home!
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:44 PM   #786
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Great RR - Thank you for ALL of it.

p.s. - don't come back to Edmonton anytime soon - it's minus 28 here!
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:35 PM   #787
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Thanks everyone for your nice compliments. It makes the effort so much more worthwhile. All your comments are truly appreciated

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Old 02-26-2014, 08:25 AM   #788
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Hey guys,

Don't worry I still have more gear reviews coming but it I a little hectic right now.

Yesterday I walked on the ferry from Nanaimo to Vancouver so I could pick up the bike from Air Canada Cargo. After about 15 cm of snow in the lower mainland and the island it warmed up enough for me to risk riding.

The shipment had to clear customs first and I when I went to get my stamp I was informed that it would be another day. I explained my situation and the nice agent managed to get the inspection done immediately. So by 5:15 I was riding to catch a 5:45 ferry back to the island.

It was damn cold I tell you but on the mainland the roads were fine.

By the time I reached Nanaimo it was dark and the temps hovering around zero. There was thick fog on the highway so I had my wife following me with the flashers on to protect my back side. I had 30 km to ride to the place I am storing the bike. When I got there the roads had started freezing.

Yesterday ranks up there as one of those "what the heck am I dong here?" days
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:30 AM   #789
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Here is a nice wrap up story in the St. Albert Gazette

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/artic...n-accomplished
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:33 PM   #790
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Yesterday ranks up there as one of those "what the heck am I dong here?" days
Re: your epic trip back from Vancouver!...Welcome to Vancouver Island in February!...never know what you're going to get. Glad you and Skelly made it home ok
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:57 PM   #791
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Amazing!

Fantastic ride report so far, just making my way through this great trip.

I'm leaving from Edmonton this fall for the exact same trip, 6 months down to South America, and flying myself and my bike back. Funny enough I'm also moving to the coast when I return to Canada! I'll be leaving in early September after I get out of the Army.

I've got a few specific questions for you but I'll finish the ride report before I make you answer anything a second time! I've got lots of planning to do over the next 6 months, as well learning some Spanish.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:42 PM   #792
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Awesome!

What an incredible trip! Thanks for keeping such a great record of your travels. I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to spend that much time away, but maybe doing this in a 2 or 3 segments may work. If you're doing any presentations around Edmonton on your trip, I'd try to make it.

Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:22 AM   #793
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Fabulous trip report! It has been a great pleasure to follow along. I hope to follow your tracks someday in the not too distant future.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:57 PM   #794
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Thanks!

I've been through a few ride reports on Adv and have to say your's captivated me the most. The detail, the pics, the people, and all the stories made it very difficult to stop until the end. Glad you're back safe. It's -22C with the wind today in Edmonton. I bet you're enjoying the 0 C there. I passed on the link to your ride report to some guys I ride with (one being my pastor at Beulah) and Sunday night he said he read your report over a 2 hour period of time and enjoyed it immensely. Again, thanks, Dave. Maybe we'll meet sometime.

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Old 03-04-2014, 05:00 PM   #795
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We have been very actively looking at houses and have finally found one! Looks like we will be moving in April 15th.
Can't wait to start exploring all that Vancouver island has to offer!



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