Get a new chain.
That was on a pre-departure to-do list at one point. Talking to a KLR guy at the Cave we both agreed that it definitely needed one. Yep, we nodded as I added it to my to-do list.
And then other lists took over. Learn to weld, research sidecar mounting, go to the steel yard, design, make cardboard mockups, fabricate the metal reality, attach the sidecar to the bike. Somewhere in there “get a new chain” was forgotten.
And I’m so glad it was. Had I done that, had everything gone as I’d originally planned I would’ve just blown through the town of Prince George. Perhaps stopping for fuel, but nothing else.
And it would’ve been a shame to miss out on this truly amazing community.
I met Lisa and Sue while I was diagnosing problems and they told me about their community Facebook group. When I needed help sourcing parts I posted a call for connections and advice. Instantly people started sharing and replying. I got more than 35 comments. People, complete strangers, offered a place to stay, tools, garages, work spaces, a ride, a kayak for the day, a car loan, food, drink, playmates for Baylor – pretty much anything I needed.
It was, quite honestly, one of the most inspiring things I’ve experienced. A powerful example of social media being used for good, creating community and providing support.
With their help, I was able to source my parts and get on my way. On a mission to get to Alaska, I wasn’t able to meet most of these wonderful people in person, but their positivity added important fuel to my adventure stoke.
To each of you that said hello, offered assistance, gave a kind word, supported the adventure – thank you. We hope to make it back to Prince George in the near future. And when we do, we’ll have a Hell Yeah Prince George worthy celebration!
Eleven days down. Many to come.
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