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13 May 2017, 04:08

Car staging

Every few days we stage the cars ahead. One spouse (or partner) will stay with the trikes and the other will drive the vehicle to the next staging point. The SAG vehicle will ferry all the drivers back to the trikes. Over the next few days we ride the trikes towards the staged vehicles.

This means that at most you will need to carry enough cloths on your trike for five nights.

Remember, we will perform the first staging the night before the first day’s ride. ANYTHING you leave behind in the hotel room will need to be carried on your trike the next day. This means that when we leave the hotel to perform the first staging you should be wearing some the clothes you will be wearing on the ride for the next few days. Don’t forget this includes your shoes.

Currently the expectations are:

  • Dan & Robyn Hansen will supply the SAG vehicle, a Mercedes Sprinter Crew Van (El Hefe)
  • Dana & Carmella Thompson will be driving their RAM Promaster 2500 van the whole way. This means one of them will be driving while the other one trikes (bikes).

  • This leaves four vehicles for staging on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

    • Gary & Gay Bradford
    • Steve & Cynthia Wade
    • John & Susie Shaddle
    • Hank & Nancy Anderson
  • And six vehicles for staging on the P’tit Train du Nord Trail

    • Gary & Gay Bradford
    • Steve & Cynthia Wade
    • John & Susie Shaddle
    • Hank & Nancy Anderson
    • Tony & MaryAnn Teutsch
    • Craig & Sandra Luginbill

We rotate drivers with the SAG vehicle so I need volunteers. I suggest the following to start out with:

  • Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

    • Day01 - Gary Bradford
    • Day02 - Robyn Hansen
    • Day03 - Gay Bradford
    • Day04 - Steve Wade
    • Day05 - Rest Day
    • Day06 - Hank Anderson
    • Day07 - John Shaddle
    • Day08 - ??
    • Day09 - ??
    • Day10 - Rest Day
    • Day11 - ??
    • Day12 - ??
    • Day13 - ??
    • Day14 - ??
  • P’tit Train du Nord Trail

    • Day01 - Steve Wade
    • Day02 - Craig Luginbill
    • Day03 - Tony Teutsch
    • Day04 - Gary Bradford

Everybody will probably end up driving SAG at least two days. I tried to schedule the experienced large vehicle drivers to be driving while the route goes though the bigger cities.

Sometimes people will be sore, or tired, and volunteer to drive SAG the next day to recuperate.

If you have issues with any of the above please be sure to let Gary or I (Dan) know.

13 May 2017, 04:08

Checklists

I'm still organizing these checklists. I should have them done by Wednesday May 17th.

Below is basically a combination of what we took on the Erie Canal ride (400 miles over 2 weeks) and what I took on the Coast-2-Coast ride (3,000 miles and lots of weather changes over 2 months).

You will not need everything on these lists.


You will need to carry everything with you on the trike for up to five overnights.

EVERYBODY PACKS TOO MUCH

Below are some checklists to jog your memory on things you might think about bringing.

You'll want to travel as light as possible because you'll be hauling your trikes and panniers into and out of hotel rooms each night.

The trikes WILL NOT FIT through some older hotel room doors so we have to take everything off the trike we can and two people tilt the trike on it's side and slide it through the room door.

It will take you 30 minutes after a ride to get your trikes into your rooms. In the morning it will also take you 30 minutes to move the trikes from your room to the parking lot start of ride area.



Organization

I organize all things into categories and pack the categories into separate dry sacks. Each dry sack has some duck tape on the side where I have written the category of stuff that the dry sack contains.

Chances are it will probably rain sometime while we are riding and we'll have to open our panniers to get rain gear out. You don't want everything else in your panniers to get wet while getting the rain gear out. Hence, I put everything in dry sacks.

Every piece of clothing I choose is designed to look ok wrinkled and compress really small.

I also use layering to achieve warmth when it gets colder outside.

I'll also only take basically two pair of clothes. After the day's riding I'll shower with my bike clothes and hand wash them with me when I'm showering. I'll let them hang dry and put the second pair of clothes on. I'll repeat the day next with the other set of clothes.


On The Trike

Left Yellow Rear Pannier

  • Charging - DrySack

    • 1 6 plug extension cord
    • 1 Go Swiss Battery Charger
    • 1 Anker 10 port USB charger with 1 foot cables for iphones, garmins, etc.
    • 1 Anker 10 port USB charger with 1 foot cables for Walkie Talkies
  • Cold Weather - DrySack

    • 1 Ibex Mens Large Woolies 1 long sleeve top gray
    • 1 Ibex Mens X-Large Woolies 2 Bottoms black
    • 1 Ibex Mens Large Pullover 1/2 zip wool long sleeve dark blue
    • 1 Ibex Wool Beanie 1.5 - gray
    • 1 Pair DeFeet WoolEator LG socks black
  • Wet Weather - DrySack

    • 1 Endura lightweight rain jacket Mens XXL
    • 1 Endura Rain cover for helmet w/blinking light
  • Normal Weather - DrySack

    • 1 DeFeet undershirt white mesh Mens XL
    • 1 Maxit Head cover for neck sunscreen - HiVis lime
    • 2 Aerotech Designs Recumbent bicycle shorts X-Large
    • 3 Nike Dri-Fit Tee Shirts Lime, Blue, DarkSeaFoam
    • 1 Sea Breeze Tee Shirt
    • 1 Pair Nike Compression Socks
    • 2 DeFeet White Speede Socks
    • 1 CooliBar Long Sleeve Lime green sun protection shirt
    • 1 Specialized XC Lite Grey/Green cycling gloves
  • After Ride Clothes - DrySack

    • 2 mens underwear microfiber
    • 1 REI Camping towel large green
    • 1 Nike Running Shorts grey w/lime trim Mens XL
    • 1 Pair FitKicks Slippers Teal Mens Large
    • 1 Speedo Blue Swim Trunks
    • 1 Columbia Wide Brim Hat
    • 1 Nike Blue Polo DriFit shirt Mens Large
    • 1 Ibek Blue Wool Hoodie Mens XL
    • 1 Columbia Orange Omni-Shade PFG Shirt Mens XL
    • 1 Columbia Cargo Shorts Grey Mens XL
    • 1 Outdoor Research Helium II Orange Rain Jacket w/Hood Mens XL

Right Yellow Rear Pannier

Topeaka Fuel Bag (fastened to front boom)

  • 1 Gel shot
  • 1 Chew
  • 6 Endurolyte capsules
  • 1 lip balm
  • 1 reading glasses (cheater)

Arkel Side-Mounted Seat Bag

  • 1 insect repellent
  • 1 reading glasses (cheater)
  • 1 small advil container
  • 1 iPhone QualLock Rain Cover
  • 2 chews
  • 1 cable 3ft USB to MicroUSB
  • 1 cable 3ft USB to Lightning
  • 1 Anker Blue Lipstick USB charger

Mounted to Trike

  • 1 Police Magnum Pepper Spray
  • 1 garmin cadence sensor
  • 1 SPOT Gen3 tracker
  • 1 garmin edge 1000
  • 1 iPhone 7plus w/ Quadlock mounting
  • 1 DesignShine Rear Red light
  • 1 DesignShine Rechargable Battery
  • 1 dinotte rear red light USB rechargeable
  • 1 Topeaka TurboMorph G tire pump (tagged)

FrameTop Bag Right side rear

  • 1 insect repellent
  • 1 Sunglasses clear lens
  • 1 reading glasses (cheater)
  • 1 small advil container
  • 1 iPhone QualLock Rain Cover
  • 2 chews
  • 1 cable 3ft USB to MicroUSB
  • 1 cable 3ft USB to Lightning
  • 1 Anker Blue Lipstick USB charger

FrameTop Bag Left side rear

  • 1 Lezyne Multitool (tagged)
  • 2 Small tire irons
  • 1 NEW tube repair patch kit (tagged)
  • 1 CO2 inflator with 1 cartridges
  • 1 55-559 tube (rear wheel)
  • 1 50-406 tube (front wheel)
  • 3 park emergency tire boot
  • 1 Quicklink
  • 1 Pair SPD cleats and bolts
  • 6 Tie wraps
  • 1 Red shop rag (tagged)

Wearing while riding

  • 1 garmin heart rate monitor (new battery 01-15-2017)
  • 1 Road-ID bracelet

  • 3 Camelbak BigChill 24oz water bottles

Arkel Red Seatback Bag

  • 1 bull frog SPF 50 sun screen
  • 1 Pair Reflective ankle bracelets
  • 1 Dry Sack
  • 1 Tifosi Sunglasses 3 lenses (clear, dark, amber)
  • 1 Homemade Blue Canvas rear fender
  • 1 Ansi Class 3 Reflective Vest Large w/zipper

In Staged Vehicle Luggage

  • Electronics Bag
    • 1 Blue Mesh Bag
    • 1 USA Passport Dan Hansen
    • 1 Batteries AAA 36 box
    • 4 Batteries CR2032
    • 1 Battery GP23A
    • 1 petzl headlamp (Zipka)
    • 1 Anker lipstick battery black round
    • 1 Anker lipstick battery blue round
    • 1 Anker backup battery light green oval
    • 1 dinotte rear (red) light USB rechargeable
    • 1 dinotte front (amber) light USB rechargeable
    • 1 DesignShine Rechargable Battery
    • 1 DesignShine Battery Charger
    • 1 Anker 10 port charger
    • 5 Micro-USB Cords 1ft long
    • 1 iWatch charger cord
    • 3 lightning iPhone charger cord
    • 1 Apple airPods
    • 1 Apple MacBook (USB-C)
    • 1 Encase Neoprene case for MacBook
    • 1 Apple USB-C 29W Power Adapter
    • 1 Six foot USB-C to USB-C cable
    • 1 USB-C to USB Adapter
    • 1 USB-C to Lightning 3 ft cable
    • 1 USB Charger driven by 4 AA Batteries
    • 1 Small LED Flashlight powered by 1 AAA Battery
    • 1 iPad Pro w/Keyboard cover
  • 2 NEW tube repair patch kit
  • 1 teflon tape
  • 1 28-622 tire - Continental Grand Prix 4000s II
  • 1 28-622 tire - Continental GatorSkin (tagged)
  • 1 28-406 tire - Continental GrandPrix (tagged)
  • 3 28/40-406 - Schwalbe tubes (front R84 wheel)
  • 4 28-622 tubes - Continental (rear R-84 wheel)
  • 3 park emergency tire boot
  • 1 pair SPD cleats and bolts
  • 2 bull frog SPF 50 sun screen
  • 1 garmin heart rate monitor (new battery 01-15-2017)
  • 1 garmin cadence sensor
  • 1 CamelBak insulated 24oz water bottle
  • 1 Batteries AAA 36 box
  • 1 Box 12 count GU Brew Drink Tablets
  • 1 Bag assorted GU Brew Drink Tablets
  • 1 Two Gallon bag assorted Chews
  • 1 Two Gallon bag assorted Gels (bag pretty empty)
  • 2 Aerotech Designs Recumbent bicycle shorts Large
  • 1 Lightning Seat Cord (replacement with instructions)
  • 2 Eucerin Skin Cream
  • 3 One Gallon Ziplock Baggie
    • 12 Tailwind Endurance Fuel for Bottles
    • 6 GU Roctane Gels
    • 12 Stinger Chews
    • 2 GU Brew Fiz Drink Tablets
  • 1 ShowersPass Rain Pants XL Yellow
  • 1 ShowersPass Rain Jacket L Yellow
  • Orange SeaToSummit compression sack (for pants & jacket)
  • 2 Chewable Vitamin C 500mg 150 Tablets
  • 1 Package Halls Cough Drops
  • 1 Box Emergen-C Packages (30 count)
  • 1 SPF 30 Lip Balm

13 May 2017, 04:08

Day01 - 32.3 miles - Niagara Falls to Lincoln

Start from:

  Inn by the Falls (Comfort Inn)
  5525 Victoria Ave
  905-374-6040
  King $89.99 CAD
  NO PETS

The hotel is just a couple of blocks from the first trail (Olympic Torch Run Legacy Trail).

We’ll leave the hotel at 9am.

The first half of the day is spent mostly on the Niagara Parkway Recreational Trail which winds along the Niagara River all the way to Lake Ontario.

The scenery should be beautiful. Lots of places to stop and take pictures. I imagine that we’ll only average 6 to 8 mph with all the stops along the Niagara river.

There are three rest stops scheduled all with scenic views of Niagara River:

4.7 miles - Butterfly Conservatory
7.4 miles - Queenston Heights National Historic Site
11.2 miles - Riverview Cellars (Winery)

We’ll eat lunch about the 15 mile mark. It will probably be sometime between 11 and 12 noon.

Little Red Rooster Restaurant

  Little Red Rooster Restaurant
  271 Mary St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 
  ON L0S 1J0, Canada

The rest of the day, 17 miles, are on roads. First 7 miles are interior, and the last 10 miles are along Lake Ontario.

Port Dalhousie, at mile 27, has several places we can stop for a break and refreshments. I recommend Lock Street Brewing Company or RIX Bistro.

  Lock Street Brewing Company
  271 Mary St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 
  ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Then it is just another 5 road miles until we reach the Ramada Beacon Harbourside Hotel which should have fantastic views of the lake.

  Ramada Beacon Harbourside Hotel
  2793 Beacon Blvd, Jordan Station
  905-562-4155
  Pet friendly $25
  $205 CAD
  

SAG Driver Responsibilities

Meet riders for rest stops along Niagara River.

Meet riders for lunch at mile 15:

  Little Red Rooster Restaurant
  271 Mary St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 
  ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Meet riders for break at mile 27 Port Dalhousie.

Arrive at hotel early and make sure rooms are ready. Look for place to store trikes.

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13 May 2017, 04:08

Day02 - 26.8 miles - Lincoln to Burlington

Rest Stop

Mile 13.4 Tim Hortons

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Day03 - 33.5 miles - Burlington to Toronto

Still working on this

13 May 2017, 04:08

Day04 - 26.8 miles - Lincoln to Burlington

Still working on this

13 May 2017, 04:08

Day05 - 31.2 miles - Toronto to Ajax

Still working on this

13 May 2017, 04:08

Day06 - 48.5 miles - Ajax to Port Hope

Still working on this

13 May 2017, 04:08

Day07 - 31.5 miles - Port Hope to Brighton

Still working on this

13 May 2017, 04:08

Day08 - 48.7 - Brighton to Napanee

Still working on this