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Monday, March 23, 2009

First Day of Spring = Decision Time

We chose the first day of spring (March 20, 2009) as a deadline to make a final decision about our world tour by bicycle: To go or not to go?

We decided ... drum roll please ... TO GO!

And we decided that we would start pedalling on our Dream Bicycle Trip in June 2010.

Here is a rough itinerary of what we'll be doing in preparation for our departure:
  • Move out of our apartment. Reduce our belongings to what we'll need for cycling and for one more year in Montreal.
  • Take a summer cycling trip to Newfoundland for 6-7 weeks. Test out new equipment along the way.
  • Move in with friends at the end of the summer. Continue to work and save $$ until we leave.


  1. Hi benoit, great to hear you made the right decision. hope the preparations go well. what gear have you finally decided on? best from the longroadnorth.com

  2. Sounds like an incredible trip! How's the planning/saving/acquiring gear coming along? I'm in the same boat: moved in with my parent's to save/plan and leaving June 2010.

  3. I agree, the XTR build is excessive. I just ordered the frame and built it up from there. It took sometime b/c I waited to find good deals online for components that I wanted, which turned out to be just about all XT. I would love to pictures of them and hear your thoughts when you take delivery. Btw, I'm really happy with the Tubus racks. I bought them from thetouringstore.com. Wayne is a really great guy to deal with.

    My route:
    As of now I leave early or mid-June and go through the US (NC, SC, GA, TN, KY, MO, KA, CO, WY, ID, OR, CA) reaching San Fransisco in October. After that I fly to India. My dad will be there at that time (he's originally from India). Visit with him and relatives for a while, cycle India, then SE Asia and then I have no idea. I've been dreaming of Africa lately but don't need to get ahead of myself. The US and India seem definite and I think I want to stay in countries where my money will last the longest.

    Only 6 months (less you you all)!

  4. Forgot to ask, are you all on twitter or facebook? Would like to keep up with you there too.

  5. I don't know anything about the Thorn racks, but everything they make seems to be great. I ordered an accessory stem, for my handlebar bag, from them and it's well made.

    I was in India 9 years ago but didn't cycle. Mostly meeting family members and traveling around Gugarat. Yes, the traffic is a bit insane, but that was mostly in cities and on major raodways. I hope to avoid the two as much as possible. :)

  6. Eric - Sorry, no, we are neither tweeting nor on facebook.