Gentlemen, Pack Your Paniers

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August 15th 2019
Published: August 15th 2019
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We head off on a different trip this time. Not the feather light purebred stallion racing bikes of our previous trips beneath our saddles but rather the draft horse of the cycling world, Touring Bikes. There'll be no 30km/hr days as we lug upto 30kgs of bike and baggage up the Rockies, and around the roads and rail trails of Canada.

It's not going to be quite as rough and ready as full on touring though with accommodation booked for each night along the trail and some well placed rest days along the route.

It's the first time touring for me and I must say I think I went a size too small on the paniers with only 2 x 15 Litre bags.

It's the night before we leave and Tommy has changed his mind on which bike to ride about 5 times. He bought a new connector for his bike trailer and has finally decided to instead ride with paniers. I still not sure what stead will turn up at the airport with him.

Jeff is fresh back from Europe fit and raring to go and good mate Graeme joins us for the first time.

Nick names stick until new ones are earned, so carrying on from last trip we have, Tommy-Too-Far, who drove all the way to the end of the days travel instead of the next checkpoint. Ray Charles (Jeff) who had great trouble being able to navigate with a GPS and myself Richo-the-numbers-man, who worked out riding distances and kept the travel ledger. So that leaves Graeme without a history to draw on, so in memory of "The Missing Amigo" we'll just call him Wall-ee for now.


15th August 2019

Tommy will need 2 x 30 litre panniers and that's just for his food!!! Have a fab and safe epic adventure. I am looking forward to you daily blog. Will Tommy win the prized 'Most Punctures' prize again and will you make it thru without a single puncture??? Cheers...Gav
17th August 2019

All will be revealed in the fullness of time - except the food bit. That's a given!

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