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Hello Folks,

Shark Week is approaching fast, the snow has melted up here and we will begin our secondary scouting rides in earnest in May.

Some things that you should do before leaving home for your trip.

1. Travel Medical Insurance. If you don't have some, get some. You will not be refused treatment in Canada but you will be billed for it if you don't have some type of insurance. Free health insurance in Canada is only for citizens and refugees declared as such by the Federal government (don't get me going here).

2. International Roaming for your cell phone. You may have U.S. wide service for phone and text but as soon as you cross the border you will be subject to International Roaming Charges. Check with your cell service provider and buy an International Roaming package from them that will cover your stay in Canada. Look at your own usage and base it upon that.

3. Music Services like Pandora and Spotify may not follow you across the border. We do have Spotify up here but rate packages are different than the U.S.

4. Make sure your vehicle insurance card is an "International" one. Ours up here always state that our vehicle insurance is "Applicable in Canada and the United States of America". You may have to call your insurance company to get the updated pink card. It should be free.

5. Foreign Exchange. YOu can change your money most easily at banks closer to the border such as in Great Falls, Montana, Whitefish, Kalispell or Columbia Falls, Montana. You can also spend your U.S. dollars up here. Most places in Canmore and Banff will display the exchange rate that they are paying that day.

Right now at this very minute today the exchange is $1.00 US = $1.2632 CDN.

6. Fuel, we have premium 91 Octane and in some Petro Canada Gas stations 94 octane. We also have ethanol blend in most of our fuels up here now as well. Stay away from Husky brand. Shell, Petro Canada, Esso are the three major suppliers. There are few more regional suppliers such as Centex (close to the host hotel). They get their fuels from the big three suppliers anyway.

7 Climate. Daytime highs can be 22-32C, lows can be 4-8C. I don't expect it to go below freezing at the resort or on any of the rides. Expect warm days in the valleys and cooler temperatures as we climb up into the mountains. In July/August we can have squalls of showers pass through the mountains. It can literally be raining with sunshine on you or even the odd snowflake at higher elevations. Pack to dress in layers. Bring a long sleeve shirt or two, a bunny hug sweater, good riding/walking/hiking boots, a toque (beanie), warm gloves. You can always shed a layer if you are too hot but you can't put on what you don't have. There will be enough folks with tourpaks that you can shed a layer if need be.

I think that about covers it for now.

If there are any further questions regarding any of the above, post them up here. I will attempt to add them to the original post and put the answers in there as well as quote the posters that ask the questions.

I am excited, nervous and terrified all at the same time.

Calgaryglide

"Is it time to leave yet"...Bleachey. No, not yet Bleachey, close but not yet. Good time to finish up any mods, start putting together a packing list of what you're gonna need and what you can live without. Take a good look at those tires and see if they will make the trip or need to be replaced before or during the trip.
 

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I am excited, nervous and terrified all at the same time.

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Suggested cures:
Symptom: Excited
Remedy: Ride the Glide in some nice Twisties

Symptom: Nervous
Remedy: Ride the Glide Nice and Slow to your favourite watering hole

Symptom: Terrified
Remedy: Ride the glide like you just stole it!

I can feel your energy Eh!- We are so looking forward to this event Troy!
 

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One thing to note regarding Cell Service.

If you are on T-Mobile, you should not have to do anything at all, you are covered in Canada where they have service. And it appears they cover our area quite well.

They get a lot of NHL Hockey players with this feature. There is supposed to be no difference between US and Canadian coverage.

Insurance.

I have State Farm, and all I ever had to do was go to my Agent and ask for a Canadian Insurance Certificate. They asked for what time period, and I usually do the month before, and the month after I intend to be up there. It is just a piece of paper with all kinds of Insurance Mumbo Jumbo on it, but it says you are covered. Did not cost anything.
 

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Thanks for this detailed list Troy. A lot of stuff on here i didn't even think about. Looking forward to the great event you have planned for us. Can't wait
 

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For Medical insurance I always use MEDEX when I travel out of the USA . They not only cover your medical bill's out of country but also have evacuation coverage if you are in such bad shape you can't fly commercial. They will get you home.
 

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Tony, it is just getting unbearable waiting to ride up to Canada with 5 or 6 great peeps with only one thing on their minds..........beer! Kidding, it's, are we there yet, are we there yet, huh, are we there yet? lol
 

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Clothing, shirts,(1 with a collar) pants, underwear, socks, emergency medical kit, tools, video cam w/cables , all associated charging cables, extra 2032 batteries, day and night riding glasses, cool and warm weather riding gloves, camera, extra SD cards, laid out on the pool table ready to be packed, check. Ins card. in the mail. (I hope). check. Trip route from NY to LA for Tubbie tour, check. Electric jacked working, check. Extra warm clothing, check. Money in the bank, check. (enough??) International cell service, check. (Had to trade in my flip phone for a smart phone as the flip won't work in Canada.)
Travel insurance, oh sh-t. Note to self, GET TRAVEL INS!! Can I pack now?

Look over everything again.
 
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