I did Tour De Jasper last year, which was a 392 km bicycle tour. One of the volunteers, Jim, is going to help out with it again this year. After the trip, he is going to bicycle from Jasper to Vancouver. I had contacted him orginally for information about bike touring in California. I would still love to do that one day, but I want to save a little money for now as I might go overseas next year.
|I've got an ultralight tent, sleeping bag, and other gear suitable for riding.|
|From Jasper to Vancouver, over 800 kms bike ride|
I've been looking at other options for Summer travel, and none look as exciting is as this one. I always want to to try out something new or go to a new place. It's been a while since I've been to the Okanagan.
Tonight, I finally had the guts to call him. He remembered me! He would be taking the less busy route which would nice. He says he's a relaxed bicyclist, which means I wouldn't slow him down. Hmm...what do you think? A little bit of me thinks that it's insane, but then I see all those bicyclist travellers out there.
I am trying to keep costs down, but travelling by bicycle means that I save on gas. I will have to take train to Jasper and bus home, but it would work. It's certainly adventurous! I have most everything that I would need, I just have to buy some good bags...and a new pump. And as luck would have it, I just got Touring Plus tires which he said were good for touring despite their weight. And I can borrow his front rack and front bags for it from a friend. We will meet in a week or so to discuss plans, etc..so I get a feel of the cost, time needed.
Now I just have to stop looking at airline websites which are sidetracking me. They are giving me all these crazy travel location ideas. At least until next year.
Is anyone out there plan on doing some Bike touring this Summer?