Humble Beginnings

Posted by Patrick in ELGIN
17 Jun 2012


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Right, first post from the road, sorry it has taken so long...

It feels like I should produce something of worth here, stories of great hardship or fortune but alas, the trip is young and the territory civilized so instead I'll embellish liberally. Almost a week in and we`re beginning to get all our ducks in a row, we had a list of items we had to pickup over here and with the purchase of a laptop yesterday afternoon we`re finally able to give the blog a good deal of attention, apologies for the scarcity of posts during the first week, just to confirm we are both alive and well.

The first week has flown by, Kieran has already gone over the first few days so I`ll skip over that here. Our first major stop off was in Montreal, 544 kilometers north east of Toronto. The drive up was all kinds of awful, torrential rain and heavy traffic for the best part of 6 hours meant that once we reached the extremities of the city we were keen to get off the bikes and dry off. The following day we encountered the first notable act of 'super human kindness' by Marc Sawaf, the owner of Canada's Motorcycle, who gave us a second set of bluetooth headsets just in-case the other set broke along the way. Anyone who may be reading this in Canada or North America I cannot recommend a supplier more. We decided to spend another night in Montreal, to move beyond the industrial outskirts and see the city for real, we rode downtown in the late afternoon and settled into a bar for a burger and a brew.

It`s probably worth noting at this point that no-matter where we stop the Canadian`s have been so interested in us and our bikes, they can`t believe what we`re doing and are quick to offer ideas on the route and horror tales about friends who have had encounters with 1 of the one thousand animals that can and will eat your face - whatever. Anyway, within about 20 minutes we got chatting to a local bike enthusiast called Mike — he had done a good deal of motorbike travel before and was keen for us to have a good time while we were in town. He brought us to this gorgeous little hostel downtown where we checked into, dropped off some bags, lightened our riding gear and then spent the next four hours riding around in the evening light. We rode back to Toronto the following day, both fairly eager to start making our way out west.

Today was the first day that we really began to mark the map. We left Ontario at around 9am with a plan to drive 750km west bringing us just beyond Chicago. With the exception of one day the weather has been unbelievable, we spent the morning riding through the most picturesque farmland with red wood barns and an occasional hawk hunting high above the vast expanse of land that spans in every direction. We made the Bluewater border at about 10.30 am and managed to pass into the United States without a cavity search, given the bang coming off our riding gear we could have had a great big bag of drugs peaking out from between our legs and there was little chance of any official going near us even with the thickest of glove. I had a lovely cheery fellow by the name of Dane who took my photo and my finger prints and asked me all sorts of questions that even if they had been true I wouldn`t have told him. The pen I used to sign my document was quite nice so I decided to ask Dane if I could keep it, this is what he said:

Sir, do you need to use that pen to administer an emergency I.V?

I told Dane that I didn`t, that I just liked it. He then told me that unless I needed the pen for an emergency I.V. I wasn`t allowed have it. Dane, if you`re reading this, that rule is ridiculous.

Anyway, from there we continued across Michigan and into Illinois, through more rolling fields and enormous farms. We passed through Chicago just before sundown with the downtown highrise being dramatically cast against an impressive lightening storm. It seems like a great city but we were keen to keep making progress, we are set to be in Calgary on the 20th for more maintenance to my suspension. A busy few days ahead to make it in time, will keep you posted.

P

 
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by Richard Collier

Date: June 17, 2012

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Richard Collier:

It has just occurred to me, where will you get mass!?

 

by wayne

Date: June 17, 2012

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wayne:

Hey Lad’s Glad to hear you are making good progress ah !( I )It was a pleasure talking with you in london on. Canada a couple of brew   and baby powder for the ride It really work:s i have put a lot of mile:s on the harley looking forward to go some day to ireland and europe now that i know the world is round not flat hehe! Cheer:s mates and have a great trip

 

by Robert Farrelly

Date: June 18, 2012

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Robert Farrelly:

Already loving the blog Paddy, please keep it up. If you do need to organise mass I’ll drop around to the church and sort something out via skype (I got his back Rich).

No but seriously loving the photos… I hope you guys keep it up and keep safe.

 

by Ian Carrigan

Date: June 18, 2012

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Ian Carrigan:

Sounds great Paddy, will be keeping an eye on things so keep up the blogging! Hope it keeps going smoothly!

 

by Beano

Date: June 18, 2012

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Beano:

Yo P, Great to see / hear the progress so far, keep it coming we are anxiously waiting for the next installment already.. no pressure. So now you have the laptop should we forward a couple of jobs yet? Thats what the head torches were for you know.

 

by Patrick

Date: June 20, 2012

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Patrick:

@wayne thanks again for the talc Wayne, my ass looks like I sat on a hot hob. Sorry we couldn’t share a few miles with you. Maybe in Europe when you get there.

@Ian, thanks carrigan, hope life is good. Love to the ronica

@beano no worries, roaming charges will apply though

@rob, you’re a ride

@Richard you’re my favorite

 

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