15 days off, starting Friday
12 stops on the road trip (give or take)
5 more nights at home before I hit the road for just over two weeks
4 more days of work
3 of those days commuting to the office. (I’m gonna work from home on Thursday)
2 gallon jerry-can (rotopax) picked up yesterday, so I won’t have any excuse to run out of gas.
Nearly everything is ready to go. A few things to pick up this week, and then there’s packing to do before I go. I’m looking forward to being on the road, although I’m going to miss my wife. I always do. She makes coming home worthwhile.
The first stage of the trip will be solo, from Vancouver to Calgary. Not sure, yet, if I’ll do it in one push, or my usual two-day ride along Hwy 3. I have a few people to visit in Cowtown, and as always, I’ll want to visit my old man’s grave. Scott has to work Sunday, so we’ll point ourselves eastward Monday morning. The itinerary will evolve as we go, based on whim and weather, but so far a rough outline is:
- Vancouver to Calgary
- Calgary to Saskatoon
- Saskatoon to Portage La Prairie
- PLP to Duluth, MN
- Duluth to Sault Ste. Marie
- The Sault to Fenelon Falls/Toronto
- FF to Quebec City
- Quebec to Erie, PA
- Erie to Chicago
- Chicago to Fargo
- Fargo to Moose Jaw
- Moose Jaw to Calgary
- Calgary to Vancouver
That’s a little over 10,000 km (6,000 miles). I’ll need to arrange an oil change on my travels, and my bike will be due for it’s next service, and likely a new set of tires, when I get back. But that’s looking too far ahead. It’s time to start getting my mind into riding mode.
When you’re travelling on a motorcycle, you need to focus on what’s immediate, and between you and the horizon. Everything else is too far away to think about. It’s a distraction and a danger. You can think about it later, when you’ve done with the day’s ride.
So for now I will put the itinerary out of mind. Focus on getting things done that need doing before I go. Focus on what and who is around me now. The horizon will arrive soon enough. Don’t rush it.