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Shipping Has Been Finalized

I’ve sorted out shipping for the bikes, and they’ll be on a truck in early July so that they’re ready to go for us out in St. John’s, NL on July 16th. It’s definitely not cheap, but regardless it’s for a good cause so I’m ok with the cost.

Now, it’s time to sort out flights. Searching right now, it looks like there are two options. Leave Edmonton early in the morning on the 16th, and arrive in Newfoundland late at night, or take the red eye and get there in the morning of the 17th. Both have benefits… I’ll keep checking to see if new flights are added or if the prices change.

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My Dad is Joining Me for the Ride

I have some great news! After simply bringing this trip up with my dad, he immediately jumped on board and will be joining me on the cross country ride this summer!

This’ll still be “my ride” but having him along will be great as riding with someone else is always nicer, and we’ll be able to cut down on lodging costs since we can split them now.

Even better? He has an Electra Glide Ultra Limited which means more bag/trunk room for necessities that we’re going to need to take with us! Hopefully he’s cool with me taking over his luggage space…

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Planning to Start in St. John’s Newfoundland

I’ve looked at several routes and directions, and I’ve made the decision to start the ride at mile one in St. John’s Newfoundland, then ride west to Vancouver Island, before the final stretch back to Edmonton. I’m currently in contact with Harley-Davidson of Edmonton who are looking into the costs to ship the bike to Mile 1 Harley-Davidson in St. John’s. I expect to hear back from them tomorrow.

Flights also seem reasonable, but I won’t book the flight until I get the bike shipment secured and confirm that the cost is not going to break the bank.

Currently it looks like I can fly out of Edmonton on the evening of July 16th, 2012, and arrive in St. John’s in the morning of the 17th to pick up the bike and start the ride.

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The Ride is Official!

I must be one of the luckiest people in the world, as I got some incredible news this past weekend in relation to the waiting game at work, and also this ride. First off, I ended up getting the best work related news possible, and will be taking on a new endeavour starting May 1st. I had a feeling that this was going to seriously impact my summer plans, but… it’s not! The ride will happen!

So now that I know my July 16 to August 20 holidays holidays will be untouched, this ride is a reality! Now it’s time to start nailing down some concrete plans… Stay tuned!

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Cabot Trail

This isn’t as much a place to see, as a place to ride and experience. From all accounts that I’ve read, it looks like Cabot Trail is a 300km trail running through the highlands of Nova Scotia’s Cape Bretton, a beautiful, scenic loop carved into the side of mountains that rise high above the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This is off the route, but wow does that ever look like good riding!

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Parliament Hill

What trip across Canada would be complete without a visit to the nations capital and Parliament Hill? Quickly having a look at google images I’ve seen some people have managed to get their vehicles up onto the grounds to snap a photo… I wonder if this would be possible? Might have to obtain some kind of permit, etc? I’ll have to look into this. Anyway, let’s add it to the map…

Parliament Hill, colloquially known as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River in downtownOttawa, Ontario. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings—the parliament buildings—serves as the home of the Parliament of Canada and contains a number of architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Parliament Hill attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year.

Originally the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries, development of the site into a governmental precinct began in 1859, after Bytown was chosen by Queen Victoria as the capital of the Province of Canada. Following a number of extensions to the parliament and departmental buildings and a fire in 1916 that destroyed the Centre Block, Parliament Hill took on its present form with the completion of the Peace Tower in 1927. Since 2002, an extensive $1 billion renovation and rehabilitation project has been underway throughout all of the precinct’s buildings; work is not expected to be complete until after 2020.

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Confederation Bridge

While looking at route planning, I saw that there was a bridge that connected Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, and after a little searching I’ve found it to be called the Confederation Bridge.

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.

A friend of mine who’s been over it said it was pretty amazing. Not sure how much the toll is, but it doesn’t really matter. This bridge will be conquered.

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Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is a place that I’ve heard of many times, but really had no idea what it was all about until now. Well, I still really don’t know what it’s all about, but it looks like an unreal place that must be seen.

There appear to be a plethora of sights and activities, most interestingly the high and low tides, which are 6 hours and 13 minutes apart from each other. Imagine the image above without the water and kayakers…

I’ve come across varying opinions of where the best places in the bay are, so if you have a personal account that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. It’s obviously a massive area, so I definitely need some guidance as to where to go and what to see.

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The Big Nickel

Apparently there is something called The Big Nickel in Sudbury, ON. The Big Nickel monument is Sudbury’s famous nine-metre high tribute to nickel and Sudbury’s significance as a world mining centre. First opened on July 27, 1964, it has been dismantled for refurbishing once, and has since been moved onto a plain pedestal with the original rocks being disposed of.

Might be something interesting to see?

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The Waiting Game

This week I will be playing the waiting game. I’m waiting for some big news from work, that will have an impact on if I’ll be able to pull this ride off or not. It has the possibility to completely derail it, cut down the time I have available, or in a perfect world, still let me ride the whole time that I’ve planned.

As soon as I hear either way, I’ll post an update here of how things will be shaping up for me this summer.

[Update – April 4, 2012 – 9:36am] Looks like this news won’t roll in until sometime next week now. I guess until then I may as well continue looking for interesting places to see along the way.

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