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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Location: Quebec City, Canada

After 30 minutes spent on google, I found a viable list of items I shall need for the trip. Found on http://www.mvermeulen.com/canada/

Althought I don't believe I will be needing all of this (including the notebook PC and camera, I will try using my Itouch for both entertainment and for picture needs)

Cannondale ST1000 touring bike
front panniers, rear panniers, handlebar bag
3 water bottles
water purification tablets
bicycle helmet
1 pair bicycling gloves
bicycle pump
lock
Bicycle repair kit: spare tire, three inner tubes, two patch kits, spoke wrench, spokes, chain tool, freewheel remove, tire irons, allen wrenches, spare axle, crescent wrenches, phillips screwdriver, normal screwdriver, moist towletts, pliers, pressure gauge, extra cables, electricians tape, schrader adapter, nylon ties, lubricant.
$, wallet, credit cards, AAA card, drivers license, emergency info, plane tickets, passport.
maps
two long sleeve shirts
three short sleeve shirts
one pair long pants
one pair tights
one pair rain pants
two pair cycling shorts
four pair underwear
four pair socks
sweater
windbreaker
rain parka
woolite
shoes
heavy mittens
wool hat
tent
nylon rope
sleeping pad
sleeping bag
pen and paper
notebook PC
phone cords
digital camera
digital camera cord
toilet kit including: soap, shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, comb, chapstick, insect repellent, sunscreen, towel, toilet paper, safety pins, sewing kit, clothes pins.
ziplock bags
garbage bags
power bars and spare food
paperback book

Monday, 22 August 2011

Location: Quebec, Canada

Here it is, the day I decided that whatever happens, I will realise my dream.

It's only 5000kms, 2 months, and (hopefully) 2500$.

Yes, I want to travel my country, from Vancouver to Quebec.

So, for starters, I want to lay down my financial planning. It may, of course, change over the research.

Ticket by plane for Montreal-Vancouver : 350$
Price of a bicycle and accessories : 850$
Solar Backpack : 150$
Food over 2 months : 800$
Internet, bath, cleaning : 400$
Total : 2550$

From what I've found, Montreal-Vancouver is about 280$, but I overpriced it just to be safe. I intend to buy a 500$ bike, which may not be the best to do the travel, so I will have to look for something decent. I plan on learning all the necessary tweaking and repairs a bike may need for such a ride at the University biking coop, Roue-Libre. They offer lessons for free, as long as you're a member, which is a pretty neat initiative.

I believe I overpriced the food as well, 800$ is 100$ per week, which is about 15$ a day. But it may include drinking water, although cheap, I believe I will require plenty.

At first I didn't intend on using commodities, such as internet and camping sites. But I believe I'll have to conform to the idea. I will try to use the Couch surfing site as much possible.

I also found this amazing little blog, which inspired me a bunch : http://www.planetranger.com/transcanada/.

I know so little of what I will embark on. But it will be amazing, that I am sure.


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