On the trikes we will be carrying a minimal first aid kit for scrapes, bumps, bruises, etc..
The SAG vehicle has a pretty extensive first aid kit but is not equipped like an ambulance.
For emergencies the ride leader has a SPOT Gen3 satellite tracker. The SPOT Gen3 does not require cell phone service and hence works even in very remote areas of the country. The SPOT Gen3 has a one button press will have an emergency ambulance, or helicopter, arrive in the fastest possible time.
If your cell phone is working 911 on the cell phone is better because it immediately connects to the closest possible emergency assistance. We’ll use the SPOT Gen3 satellite service when cell phone coverage is not available.
Individual riders should remember to take any prescriptions or special medications that they might need for the entire trip.
In Danvers MA we meet up with Bob Hicks who took us on a great ride last year after we rode the Erie Canal.
This is a very beautiful ride that takes us along the coast and by the statue of the “Sailor by the Sea” in Gloucester.
We are going to be riding almost 600 miles. You do NOT want you trike to have a serious breakdown during the ride. It is best to bring a trike that has been manufactured in the last couple of years. All of the basic structural parts will still be in excellent shape.
Parts of the ride will probably be on rough trails that are dirt or crushed granite. Your wheels should be high quality touring wheels. DO NOT bring a trike with light weight racing wheels and tires. For durability and the smoothest ride on rough surfaces, it is a good idea to use the widest tire that your frame will accommodate. Your tires should be at least 40mm wide.
The HP Scorpions come stock with 50-406 front wheels and 50-559 rear wheels. These are excellent for touring.
Have your trike overhauled and ride it at least 50 miles before the Canada Adventure.
During the overhaul:
Brand new tires are the best protection against flats. You may want to consider tires with “flat protection”, and we strongly suggest thorn-resistant tubes.
If you installed “Mr Tuffy’s” or other tire liners last year then you will need to replace the inner tubes in your tires now. While they do protect against flats, they eventually cause a flat from the ends of the liner rubbing on the inner tube.
Put a new chain and freewheel or cassette on the bike. This will make your bike ride much more smoothly and will improve shifting.
Here are some basic trike parts you should bring. There will be bike shops along the route, but they probably will not have spares for trikes.
These basics may come in handy in the middle of nowhere:
You should carry these items with you on your tike:
You should also learn how to change both the front and rear tires of your bicycle.
All riders must have the knowledge, proper tools, and willingness to change a flat tire along the way.
Please label all your spare parts (tires, tubes, cleats, spokes etc.) with your name to prevent confusion.
Our trip will take place in July, you MUST HAVE A PASSPORT VALID FOR SIX MONTHS AFTER YOUR INTENDED STAY, so check your passports and ensure that they are good thru Jan 2018. If not, renew them immediately.
Bring evidence of ownership of any trike or bike you take into Canada. A sales receipt or invoice will be fine. Any bike or trike not manufactured in the U.S. (Azure or HP) could be subject to US duties/taxes when you re-enter the US if you don’t have proof of prior ownership. I (Gary) plan to stop at the U.S. Immigration/Customs checkpoint PRIOR TO entering Canada and registering mine. That is fool proof. If you register them on the US side you will need the serial numbers. Normally you will not have any problem re-entering the US, but if you get a customs inspector who got up on the wrong side of bed, you could have a problem.
All lodging prices shown on the itinerary will be in Canadian dollars. The exchange rate can vary daily and as of today the US dollar was worth $1.30 Canadian dollars, so that means we would receive a 30% discount on our rooms in US dollars. Our trip is six months away and who knows what the exchange rate will be at that time with our new administration, or if the Canadians will even accept our $. LOL - that really was a joke!