Here we go!
With the whimper* of a +2 Celsius morning, Badger and I set off on the first day of the first segment of an as-yet-to-be-defined trip. It's about time! Once we got underway, I really did feel a sense of road restlessness start to work itself out, and I know Badger feels the same.
* The whimper may have in fact been me.
But! I now have heated gear! It was the one thing I did that counts as preparation for this trip -- wiring the connector harness to my battery last night. It took me about 15 minutes of test-fiddling to get the heat levels pegged, and then: Bliss. It was chilly enough going over the North Arm of Great Slave Lake (Badger's digital mercury bottomed out at 1.5 C) that I might have considered turning around if not for the hot wires permeating throughout my jacket and pants.
Contemplations of the day included how notably fantastic the iPod shuffle was spinning today, whether some sort of artificial intelligence algorithm that could be taught that I was really enjoying the shuffle would by a contradiction of the concept "shuffle," and feeling an elevated sense of kinship with construction workers due to my shiny new high-viz vest.
Day total: 1,043 km, 10h45m
Trip total: 1,043 km
Start: Yellowknife, NWT. End: Peace River, AB.
Soundtrack: Pete Thorn, Sia, and some super-good shuffle