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Welcome to the Canadian Lone Biker blog. My name is Jeff Courteau, and motorcycle for me is a passion, a way of life. I love to ride around my home town, Quebec City with my bike buddies. But my real motivation is long distance riding. Very, very long distance riding.

I am preparing for the trip of my life. The one I have been waiting for since day 1. A ride all the way from Quebec City to Vancouver, BC.  A roundtrip of approximately 10,500km that I will be doing in 7 days.  An average of 1,500km per day for 7 days straight. I will do it all on Canadian roads all the way to Vancouver, then on the American side on the way back.

All this, completely alone. Starting on July 31, 2017.

Here you will read about my preparation for this hell of a ride. All the preliminary rides and training required for such a big one. Some GPS tracks and comments about the miles and kilometers I ride. I hope you enjoy following this journey!

Logbook (blog)

The motorcycle trip of a lifetime – summary and awards

A few statistics Total mileage: 10,688.36km (Approx 6,626 miles) Average moving speed: 95.95 km/h (59.5 mph) Total elevation gain: 55,947m (183,553′, or a little more than 6 times Mt Everest) Highest elevation: 3,160m (10,900′) Top speed: 144 km/h (89mph) Total duration: 12,214 minutes, or 8.48 days Total distance riding without a helmet: approximately 3000km. Number …

My motorcycle and gear

My bike is a 2014 Indian Chief Vintage sporting a 111 cubic inches Thunderstroke V-Twin power plant (approx 1820cc). It is an almost stock bike, apart from some aesthetic improvements (leather levers, chrome handles / floorboards / foot controls, custom mirrors, handlebar bag, leather highway bar panels).

I equipped it with a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS and an excellent anti-theft system (will not disclose brand or technical detail for obvious reasons of paranoia), and I am planning to make my own heated clothing so I can ride even with the sometimes unpleasantly cold Canadian temperature.

When riding around town, I love to remove the windshield and passenger seat. This is how I think the bike looks at its best. For long distances, of course the windshield is not an option in Canada, with all those giant mosquitoes, wasps and bumble bees strolling around. Oh and I wear a half helmet. I love to feel the wind in my face, and I love riding bare headed, so a small helmet is easy to put away in the saddlebags.

About me

Motorcycle is my money spending passion. My money generating passion is computers. I have a cloud computing, website design and IT consulting firm that I have been operating for the past 18 years. I once was a Microsoft Windows guy, and am slowly turning into a Linux guy, cause you know, with Microsoft and Google constantly spying on you, it’s good to have open source software you know you can trust and control. My business website, Nexcess Technologies, is where you want to be for web, email, database and cloud hosting, as well as websites and web apps development.

On the personal side, I have a 3 years old daughter who’s the person I love the most on Earth, I live in a peaceful neighborhood near Quebec City, and apart from motorcycle, I like to ride my bicycle, go out running, cross country and alpine skiing, hiking and snowshoeing. I also have my private pilot license, love astronomy, listening to good ol’ vinyls and a hot tub lover!

Out of my 3 best friends, 2 of them now have their motorcycle driver’s license, so from time to time I do not ride alone and go for a friends ride.

Contact

To get in touch with me to share your experiences or get advice, drop me a line at info@jeffcourteau.com. It’s always a pleasure to share our motorcycling adventures!