Necessary items for a bike ride across Canada

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a “geek”. So my packing gear includes:

1 x iPad loaded with lots of movies, songs, books, magazines, the WordPress blogging app, cover, an SD card reader and charging cable

1 x Garmin eTrex GPS with West, East and Central Topo maps (more on my Garmin experiences later)

1 x Sony 5M pixel camera and HD video recorder with associated charging cable

1 x Phillips hands-free portable voice recorder with an external mic

1 x Blackberry Bold cell phone with charging cable

1 x USB charger

6 x AA rechargeable batteries and charger

1 x 4 AA Duracell batteries for when I can’t find power

I think that’s the equivalent of 6 CPUs. That’s probably more processing power that the Department of National Defense in the ’60’s (and maybe even the ’70’s).

Hey, I never said this trip was “unplugged” did I?

It’s 5:30am on Tuesday morning April 10th

It’s 5:30am on Tuesday morning April 10th. I’ve already being awake for an hour because I can’t sleep. I check the weather. It’s 4 degrees and they predict rain and snow later this morning. The temperature must be dropping I guess.

I’m loading up on carbs for my ride. I hope to get 50kms in before the start of my day. This is the only time I’ll be able to work out today because I’ll be working to 6pm, and it gets dark by 8pm, and I still don’t have a light for my bike.

Damn, someone finished off all the bananas. I have to find some other quick carbs to take with me. The last thing I want is to run out of energy. But then I spot the Easter Chocolates from the weekend. I’m saved!

I check the weather one more time. Still says rain and snow. I check the radar: it’s just rain – no snow. Oh, now I feel so much better. Rain and 4 degrees.

Why am I doing this again? Oh yeah, it’s my life long dream to cycle across Canada. And I have less then a month to train. I’ll be cycling 120kms per day. Today I’m doing 50km and I’m already complaining.

Ok Chris, get off your butt and get out there. Here goes…