Our first border crossing
Progress so far
With the mileage that I put on today, I’ve now traveled for about 1000, of the approximately 18,000 miles expected, and I’ve now visited 2, of the 21 countries along the journey.
|Travel From||–||Olean, NY|
|Intermediate Location||–||Hamburg, NY|
|Ending Location||–||Toronto airport|
|Miles Driven Today||–||190 Miles|
|Total Trip Mileage||–||984 Miles|
|New Countries visited Today||–||Canada|
|Countries visited on trip||US, Canada|
We departed Olean, NY at about 7:00, or so, and began to make our way to Hamburg. Today, we managed to put together a brief departure video.
The border crossing
After a brief stop in Hamburg, NY, we began to make our way to the border. As I mentioned there are 4 crossings into Canada from the Buffalo area, and the most common, and largest of them is the Peace Bridge. The route that I had created would have had us cross into Canada at the Peace Bridge, but because we stopped in Hamburg, the GPS routed is a bit further North, and we would have crossed into Canada at one of the other crossings.
But, things being what they are, it seems that the other crossings were experiencing higher than normal traffic, so the GPS “informed me” that we could save 20 minutes, if we would accept a route that included toll roads. I accepted the GPS’ proposal, and we began our reroute to the Peace bridge.
We arrived at the Peace bridge, and I was pretty excited by the whole idea of crossing into my very first country (outside of the US, of course). I managed to take some video of the approach, and our crossing.
I know, I know, there are so many cliche’s about adventure bikes, and the fact that riding them in remote areas is supposed to be an adventure. I get it.
I also know that these bikes can take a phenomenal amount of punishment, but even with all of the engineering, sometimes parts fail, or loosen and fall out. And so, on this fine day, upon arriving at the hotel and beginning to clean up the bike before I drop it at the Cargo terminal, I noticed that one of the two pivot bolts for the center stand had fallen out.
Ordinarily, this would not be a huge issue, and I could just use a tie wrap to keep it in place, and prevent it from causing other damage. But, tomorrow morning, I’ll need to drop the bike at the shipping terminal, and the shippers will expect the center stand to be operational, so that the bike can be fastened securely to the pallet.
Before we talk about our search for replacement parts, let me take a minute to show you the problem.
We visited two hardware stores, and eventually found a suitable bolt. We arrived back at the hotel, and I took care of getting this thing fixed. Let’s see how it went.
The tools (How do we work this)
Repairs like the one above can only be accomplished if you’ve got a toolkit that includes the generic tools, but these BMWs require a number of specialized tools as well as the simple tools, such as pliers and sockets. The video below briefly describes the toolkit.
What will tomorrow bring
Tomorrow morning, we’ll try to get up early, mount the panniers onto the bike, and head to the freight shipping facility at the airport. We’ll likely return to the hotel briefly, before heading into Niagara Falls, Canada, to enjoy a couple of interesting tours of the falls.