I decided to take some time off in August and visit family in Nova Scotia and Quebec. This time however I decided I wanted to try riding over and then back. Not much planning was involved, I kinda decided to do it a few weeks before. My plan was ride 6 days straight at roughly 12-14 hours a day on my TLR. Spend a few days in Digby, then head back to Montreal and stay a few days there before making the trek back to Vancouver. I decided to pack light, no bags, no nothing. Just my trackday suit/gear, a few basic tools and some rain gear in my trunk in case it rains. I decided to take a all Canadian route as I wanted to see most of the country.
Day 1 - August 10: Vancouver to Leduc Alberta (1197 km)
I left Vancouver at 6am and made my way out towards Hope to take the Coquihalla up towards Kamloops. It started to rain on me when I reached Hope and did not let up until I reached Merritt. Continued making my way up Highway 5 to Valemount, then took Highway 16 towards Jasper. Lots of construction was going on near Mount Robson and in various parts in that area which delayed me for quite a bit. I reached Leduc AB by 8pm and stayed the night with family.
Day 2 - August 11: Leduc Alberta to Brandon Manitoba (1177 km)
I left Leduc by 6:15am roughly. It was still dark out and it was cold. About a hour later, the sun started to rise and it was a nice view watching it come up over the Prairies. Lots of high winds and gusts pushing me around on the highway. I got caught in rain for a few minutes early on. By the time I reached The Battlefords, it started to finally warm up. Many people have told me I would hate the ride across the Prairies, but I didn't mind it. It was a pretty uneventful long day. I reached Brandon Manitoba a hour before sunset. My arms/wrists and upper back at this point were starting to feel fatigued and sore.
Day 3 - August 12: Brandon Manitoba to Thunder Bay Ontario (914 km)
I left at 7am, the sun was already beginning to rise. It was again chilly in the morning. I had a decent sleep but the long hours on a sportbike bike are beginning to take there toll on my body. The highways in Manitoba are a inconsistent quality. At times it is nice and smooth, then you hit sections which are just terrible bumps and pot holes. It started to warm up once i reached Winnipeg. Once you reach Ontario, the speed limit drops from 110km/h to 90km/h. It is strictly enforced here so you need to watch out. Lots of signs indicating the cost of speed fines, etc. The weather report warned that a cold arctic air front was coming in for the next few days that would hit Ontario. When I reached Dryden, I started to feel it and the temps were dropping the further I pushed on. By the time I reached Thunder Bay, my body was exhausted.
Day 4 - August 13: Thunder Bay Ontario - Sudbury Ontario (995 km)
I was on the road by 7am and it was cold. In fact it was cold the entire day. Normally i've been just riding non stop, stopping for gas every 200km, take a quick stretch and continue on my way. However today, at my first gas stop in Nipigon, I waited around for 45mins at the gas station drinking a hot chocolate and trying to warm myself up. The body fatigue was not helping either. Wrists, upper and lower back, knees, shoulders, arms, they were all sore all day long. There was lots of construction going on in various parts of highway 17. I didn't reach Sault Ste. Marie until 5pm and I was still 3 hours away from Sudbury. I didn't reach my hotel until after dark. Ontario's Highway 17 is pretty scenic with some nice views of Lake Superior most of the way, just have to watch you speed as the OPP heavily patrol this highway.
Day 5 - August 14: Sudbury Ontario - Montreal Quebec (681 km ??)
Today was suppose to be my shortest day of travel. I woke up feeling pretty good and was ready for semi short day of riding. However as soon as I get to my bike and get all geared up to leave, I noticed my rear tire is flat. It is 8:30am and there was was a shop 15mins down the road that had tires in stock. My original plan was to replace my tires when I reached Digby, so at this point, it was not really too big of a deal. I was able to get my tire inflated with a air compressor the hotel had, then made my way down to Sudbury Boat & Canoe to get some new tires. It wasn't until 11:30am when I was able to hit the road and continue towards Montreal. Things were going smooth and I was making good time. Until I was within 5mins outside of Ottawa on highway 417 near exit # 145 when suddenly my bike completely shuts off, all electronics, completely dead. Here I am stranded in Ottawa with a dead bike. Luckly I am only 2hours from Montreal, so I call up my family and they head out with the pickup truck to come get me and my bike. Meanwhile it is 5:30pm, and a roadside tow truck driver comes by and sees how I am doing. I suspect my regulator/rectifier has gone bad and killed my battery. So i rip off my body panels, check my fuses, everything looks ok. Then I have him test my battery and it is reading only 11 volts. So the battery doesnt have enough juice to even turn on the ignition and lights. At this point there is not much else we can do so I thank him and he leaves me a couple bottles of water while I wait for my ride to come. They eventually arrive by 8pm and we throw the bike into the back of the pickup truck and drive 2hours to Montreal.
Day 6-10: August 15-19: Montreal Quebec
At this point, I was suppose to be making my way to Digby Nova Scotia. However with the bike dead, I have no choice but to take it to a local shop in Laval. I have them test the rectifier and they confirm it is no good and needs replacing. It is thursday and they would have to order one in. It wouldnt arrive in until Monday. I will also need a new battery at the same time. So the next few days I would be hanging Montreal. By Monday the part arrives, hook it up and pop in the new battery and i'm good to go.