May 28, 2004 GMT
(1) Headin' East

Friday May 28-2004 to ?

The Plan (sort of) is to drive through the Maritime Provinces, including Newfoundland, back to Ontario through Maine, New Hampshire & New York State. A brief rest stop home, then west to British Columbia and north to Alaska, returning to Ontario via Canada/USA ? As always, things change from second to second, if I get a good tip about somewhere or the weather makes for a detour, a short or extended stay, then I take the locals advice and it works out 99.9 % of the time. Real invaluable information from the people of the region, better than any guide book or map can ever tell you.

Firstly, I want to say that I am dedicating this trip to Pernille, she will be riding with me and is never too far away in my thoughts.
Jeg haber mine dansk familie og venner kan forstaa den engelsk tekst.

I am starting from Owen Sound, Ontario. Driving towards eastern Canada on my 2004 Electra Glide Classic with all my camping gear, no real expectations, just to live, feel, explore & breathe.

Friday May 28 2004- A very good feeling to hit the road and drive eastwards, the weather is cold & gusty, but it doesn't really matter! Good to feel the wind in my face, as they say!

I take the scenic route to Algonquin Park(HWY's # 26, 11 and 60), one of Ontario's best and most well known parks. One warning, beware of the moose in the park along the sides of the roads, in the puddles & swamps AND ON THE ROADS! They will stop you very quickly, I don't want to envision that. The black flies are so thick this time of year that it drives the moose out onto the roads and the salt that they use on the roads in winter gets washed to the sides in spring, they use/need that in their diets also.
The park is beautiful, nice sites(aprox. $20.00 per site)lots of trails to hike, a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Fuel prices are quite high just now, I use premium (91, 92 0ctane and up), it costs over $1.00CAD and up per liter.

I will have my little digital Canon A80 camera with me this time, I hope it works out and will post some photos on this site sometime soon.

I am using libraries, internet cafe's as my internet link to send, recieve mail and contact family & friends.
I want to thank Grant & Susan Johnson for the best Motorcycle Travellers Website on the internet, bar none!
I will be sending in a donation to their site to say thank you for the opportunity to tell my travel story.

Keep tuned for more entries.

See you
Vi ses



Posted by Jeff Nicholls at May 28, 2004 11:55 PM GMT

Hi Jeff

Sorry we missed your call, I was talking to your mom, who said you had left early to catch the ferry. We are glad to hear that your trip is going well and looking forward to seeing the pictures, I am sure Pernille is enjoying the trip with you. We are heading to France for 2 weeks on Saturday in the van. Talk to you again soon ....
Michelle and Denis Sarah and Eva Pernille

Posted by: Michelle + Denis on July 15, 2004 12:06 AM GMT

Hi Jeff, Haven't seen any new postings since you first left on May 28th. Where are you now? How's it going? Hope your new bike is getting you where you want to go. Weathers been great here the last week or so. Not too hot, nice breeze. They will be having the Fireworks at the Bayshore tonight, hopefully the weather is nice for it. JrB's are playing six nations in their 1st round of playoffs. Owen Sound is up 2-0. They play again Fri night in the nations.
Look forward to seeing you soon, when do you expect to be back home?


Posted by: Lynne Kazarian on July 1, 2004 05:35 PM GMT

We are enjoying riding along with you. We think of you and Pernille often. Enjoy every minute because life will keep roaring by. As evidence of this, Meaghan is 19 and living part time in Brantford, Andy is 17 and going to Queen's Univ. next year. Barb and I are getting left behind here!! Please take the very best care of yourself and we look forward to seeing you in OS again soon.

Posted by: Bob and Barb Severs on June 20, 2004 05:11 PM GMT

Hi jeff we were just wondering if you got to newfoundland yet, my mom is the one that got you the ferry listings. you gave us your website so I could follow you and now i don't see anything hope to see or read something from you soon. hope newfoundland is cool. in case you don't remember me i was in the town of baddeck with my mom dad and brother and you asked for my name. shyla

Posted by: shyla on June 15, 2004 11:16 AM GMT

Hi Jeff: We just came home from the trailer, they are calling for thunder storms tonight and home sounded good. Hope the weather is better then the last time I heard from you and that you are able to camp more. Brian was telling us he was chatting with you on MSN messenger, that was nice. Looking forward to seeing some pictures soon. Safe journey Jeff and will talk to you soon.
Love Mom and Dad xoxoxo

Posted by: Mom & Dad on June 14, 2004 01:44 AM GMT

Hey Jeff....
Good to hear about your trip! It will be good for you! I like the description you give can almost see it!!
Anyways Jack say Hi and Have an excellent trip! Looking forward to more enteries and pic's.

Take Care & have FUN!!!

See ya SOON!

Kelly & Jack

Posted by: Jack & Kelly on June 13, 2004 08:42 PM GMT

Hi Jeff,
We stopped by to see you and your Mom & Dad yesterday afternoon. So sorry we missed you! We had a nice visit with them. Your trip sounds incredible! I'm sure you will see some beaufiful places and meet some great people along the way. Pernille would have loved it.
Lar wants you to enjoy a BIG lobster for him. When we were reading your email, I think Lar could almost feel the wind blowing through his hair, riding on the back of your Harley - ha! Keep us posted and have a safe journey. Hope to see you when you get home.
Love, Lar & Mar

Posted by: Lar & Mar on June 11, 2004 01:30 PM GMT

Hej Jeff

Det lyder som en fed tur! - man bliver helt misundelig!

Jeg kommer til at følge din færden, på din hjemmeside!

Du har ikke forladt Damark uden titel, du blev Blue Dogs Mr. penalty, med 45 min. :-)

Have a nice trip!

Posted by: Jan Rasmussen on June 11, 2004 12:09 PM GMT

Hi Jeff,

Its good to hear you are doing well, i cant wait to hear from you and your journey.

Have a brilliant time.


Posted by: Ciara Mc Inerney on June 11, 2004 10:08 AM GMT
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