Planning a two days trip to Vermont from Montreal on the bike:
- friendly weather... check
- extra battery pack for the phone... check
- pre-cached map on the phone... check
- hotel booked... check
- paper road map, just in case... check
- tire repair kit, just in case... check
- bike "Canadianized"... check
Left in the morning ahead of schedule, beautiful weather. I get to Plage-Desranleau border's, turn the bike off while second in line to pass the CA/US border because a mini-van in front seems to have issues with immigration as it's taking a long time in the US office.
I try to start the bike... Battery's dead ! So close to the US ! Probably the only thing I do not have a backup for !
I try to start it several times, I try to push start it... Nothing works. I decide to turn around and pushed the bike back to Canada through Canadian border office.
I tried to push start the bike several times next to the border, so hard that I dropped the bike and broke a turn signal light, bike is ok though thanks to protection bars.
With some help from a super nice guy (Sasha) and his family to who I asked for help, he went back to his home get cables and went back to boost the battery. Bike starts, I am super happy even though at that point the trip is cancelled, at least I'll be able to go back home, buy a new battery and a new turn signal light.
But it isn't over yet. I thank Sasha an his family for helping me, he leaves. I engage first gear on the bike and... the kick stand protection triggers and stalls the bike ! I forgot the remove the kick stand . FML !
At that point I take a break on the side of the road, good thing the weather was really nice this day. I try to push start the bike again... Does not work. I refuse the help of a friend from Montreal to come and help me since it's more than an hour away from Montreal. Me stubborn ? Maybe a little =)
Asked for help to another local who help me boost the battery again. This time I was on my way back to Montreal for real without stalling.
Road trip #1, postponed.