We have had plans for a trip across Canada now for a couple years, so we are not entirely starting from the beginning with our planning. We have also completed a 1000 km tour around Gaspesie, Quebec as well as a couple other small trips, so bike touring is also not a new endeavor for us.
One major task ahead is Jesse’s bike – he needs to either build it or buy a complete touring bike. He has been using a $150 Peugot, a Craigslist special, but it just won’t cut it for a trip of this nature. The advantage of custom building a bike would be that all components are exactly as he wants them, and he would also learn likely everything needed to repair a bike on the road. The downside to this is the potential added costs – especially since all parts have to be shipped to Canada, which always adds to the bottom line.
We will have to organize things at home – take my diabetic cat to my parents, find a home for my plants, and potentially find a friend or family member to sublet the apartment.
Looking into phone plans ahead of time would be beneficial, having access to a data plan will be a near-essential for Jesse and his work. We expect to follow Adventure Cycling’s Pacific Coast route for the first leg of the trip – the remainder we have roughly planned but we don’t expect to plan too extensively until the moment arises.
More or less I do think we are adequately prepared. Anything we realize we need can be purchased along the way, we will also likely leave some things behind or mail them home as we realize we aren’t using them at all.