CMG: I saw a lot of photos of water crossings. How did these affect the trip? Were they dangerous?
KL: Yes a lot of water crossings, but most not very deep. We were worried about snakes (none in New Zealand). We pre-walked a few, but overall, they were not a problem.
A lot of people say Canada’s prairies are boring. Are they more exciting to ride across off-road? What makes it different to trail-ride across Manitoba/Saskatchewan, as opposed to the street?
That was not our experience. As per Ted, it is an expedition not simply a ride and we enjoyed 99 per cent of the route. Certainly the remoteness of the back country was most enjoyable.
What were the similarities to the TAT (Trans American Trail), and what were the differences?
The TAT was about five weeks and 9,000 km; the TCAT, two full months and 18,000 km, but both included sandy deserts and snowy high country. To a point, ADV riding is the same wherever, but I think we had more interaction with local folk in the States due to the number of small towns we passed through.
While the trip passes through a lot of remote territory, does the TCAT also give riders a chance to visit major Canadian cities along the route as well?
We had two rest days in Ottawa, and some time in Vancouver at the end. Otherwise the route was mainly small towns or minor cities (thankfully).