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If you know me you know what a tech geek I am when traveling. iPhone, GPS, laptop, radar detection, camera, etc. I started riding with a SPOT satellite messenger last year and find it really valuable, especially if you're in an area without cell phone overage. I recently signed up for roadside assistance with it as well which is very affordable. I also have the GEOS Search and Rescue service, though I hope I never need it. But the big benefit I use is the live tracking so family and friends can follow along while we're away.

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You can find my SPOT messenger page here if you'd like to follow our adventure. Look for it to start reporting when we leave Tuesday morning.

Posted by martys 10:55 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (1)

The future's so bright you need to wear shades

The weather forecast is looking very promising for the next week, a few evening showers but days look good and warm through Thursday. Yay!

Weather Conditions:

Osoyoos, BC

Kelowna, BC

Revelstoke, BC

Panorama, BC

Kimberley, BC

Colville, WA

Other Conditions:

BC Road Conditions

Kootenay Rockies Tourism Info

Washington Road Conditions

Posted by martys 22:25 Archived in Canada Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Last day at work before the big trip!

sunny 80 °F

last chances to pick up anything necessary. return the touratech bag, look for another, any more spares, any tools - yikes I hate the nervousness I always get during the last few days before departure.

update: spent the afternoon visiting multiple motorcycle shops looking for a low profile tail bag large enough for my laptop. I've bought and returned 3 tail bags already! I should have just spent the money on the Ducati Performance hard case and rack.

Posted by martys 09:40 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (9)

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 (TUE) - Destination Grand Forks / or / Osoyoos

planned route - This is a longish day at 369 miles. if we feel like we're ready to stop for the night we can stop in Republic, or continue to either Grand Forks or Osoyoos. Either is fine because the objective on Wed is Rt 33 north which starts exactly in between them both.

Day 2 (WED) - Destination Revelstoke

planned route - about 350 miles from either Osoyoos or Grand Forks.

Day 3 (THU) - Revelstoke / Glacier Nat'l Park / Lake Louise - Banff / Radium Hot Springs / Kimberley

planned route - 303 easy miles, hopefully not getting stuck behind too many RV's and campers going through the parks. Kimberley has only a few hotels, if they're full we can continue 20 miles to Cranbrook which has many more.

Day 4 (FRI) - Kimberly to Colville

route option A - 303 miles clockwise from Kimberley through Creston, around Kootenay Lake, south through Nelson to Metaline Falls, Cusick, Flowery Trail Rd, Chewela, Colville

route option B - 318 miles southeast to Eureka, MT, west through Bonner's Ferry ID, Sandpoint, ID, Usk, Flowery Trail Rd, Chewela, Colville

Meeting up with the rest of the group in Colville for the remaining 3 days of riding.

Posted by martys 14:50 Archived in Canada Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Trip planning

sunny 75 °F

Steve, Marv and I had dinner at Tutta Bella last week to plan options for the upcoming trip. By the end of the meal we had a really good plan put together and the long range weather forecast was looking very promising. I haven't done a multi day ride since 2007 Spring Ride II so I've got some work to do to get ready. Tools, bags, clothes, electronics, etc. Long rides are second nature to Marv and Steve, but I'm still new at this and don't want to overpack. Two to three days clothes, enough tools to change a tire and remove the fairing, apparel for both cold and hot weather. Much to do, but the ball is rolling and we're going to do this trip!

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Posted by martys 20:08 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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