How did I come up with the name "The Adventures of Gruncle". The name Gruncle was given to me by my nephew and his wife when their first child was born. She will soon be three and only knows me as Gruncle, it's kind of stuck. Oh my other name is Larry.
I bought my Surly Disc Trucker last July. After lots of internet research it was the bike that best suited my present and I hope my future needs. I've slowly since that time been acquiring the rest of the gear, panniers, clothing and the list goes on. I also put to use some equipment from my backpacking day's.
Crossing Canada will be my first long distance tour. In preparation I've clocked many single day rides, a number of overnighters and multi day trips testing gear and me. It's all finally coming together and it's now just weeks away. Departure is set for early May. I've mapped the route using Ride with GPS, I will also Google Maps. I've no doubt there will be minor, maybe major route changes as I go along.
Below is a rough estimate as to where I'll be and when. At this point I'm really uncertain as to how many kilometers I can do per day or back to back with a fully loaded touring bike, we'll see how it all unfolds.
May/Depart Victoria to Saltspring Island, Whistler, Mt. Robson
Mid May/early June-Jasper, Banff, Alberta and Saskatchewan
Mid June/early July-Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario
Mid July/early August-Ontario and Quebec
Mid August/early September-New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia
Late September-Fly back to Victoria
|My Surly Disc Trucker, Sooke, B.C.|
The blog is live! Well, looks like it has been live for a long time, but I'm just hearing about it now :) Read through it all and ended up back here, at the beginning. Great stuff.
Quite the adventure so far! I saw the fella on the 3 wheeled bike on one of the mountain passes, and had to look twice to make sure it wasn't you as I was driving by quickly. Thought maybe you had modified your bike for the alpine conditions, but realized you/he was headed in the wrong direction :D
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