Frequently Asked Questions

The Rolling Barrage motorcycle ride

How much does it cost to do the "full pull"?

The full pull is approximately 8,000 km and takes 3 weeks.  Each rider is responsible for all of their own costs which include food, lodging, gas, maintenance, shipping costs, return/start point travel, and any other expenses you may incur along the route.  It adds up very quickly, especially if you are not working for that month while you are travelling.

We estimate the cost for a single person can range from $5,000 – $8,500 depending on whether they split the accomodations.  As a couple, it cost approximately $9,000.

Don’t forget you will need a new tire and an oil change at the end of this ride!  TRB was the end of my riding season last year because I didn’t plan ahead of time 🙁

What should I pack

Everyone is different… don’t forget your toque!

  • Motorcycle

Riding Gear

  • Helmet (DOT legal)
  • TRB Bandanna
  • Heavy and light jackets Layers Layers Layers (temp was anywhere from 2-40 degrees celcius in 2021)
  • Cold and warm gloves
  • Assless chaps (oops!)
  • Rain gear
  • Extra pair of boots (or NEOS Adventurer)

Clothing

  • 5 long sleeve limited edition TRB shirts
  • 7 short sleeve stock TRB shirts (mix of years/colours/styles)
  • 1 TRB hoodie
  • Underwear and socks (buy 6 pack at walmart each week)
  • 2-3 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pair comfy pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Flip flops
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Gear

  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof luggage or saddlebags
  • Toiletry kit
  • Roll of TP in ziplock bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Medications in marked containers
  • Prescription glasses
  • Sunglasses or goggles (2 pair)
  • Ear plugs
  • Money (yes, actual cash… for some 10-15$ organized lunches)
  • Credit cards
  • Driver’s license with Motorcycle Endorsement
  • Insurance card for vehicle you’re using (make sure it’s current through the end of the ride)
  • Emergency info (next of kin, home and work phone numbers, doctors’ phone numbers, list of prescription medications, glasses prescription, bank information)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Road maps and Run schedule
  • GPS with charger
  • Business cards (to exchange with new friends)
  • Note pad and pencil
  • Camera
  • Spare key fob batteries (2)

Campers (camping is not organized for TRB.  This is something we will be looking at in the future, however TRB is not responsible for how or where riders decide to pitch a tent)

  • Tent with pegs
  • Waterproof ground cloth/tarp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat or cot
  • Folding chair or camp stool
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

May I join if I don't have a motorcycle?

Absolutely.  Three wheelers or bikes with trailers / sidecars must stay at the back of the pack (in front of the tailgunners).  Four wheeled vehicles (such as cars / trucks) must remain behind the tailgunners.

May I join even if I am not a first responder or military?

Definitely, we love the support of Canadians across the country.  Everyone knows or has met at least one person who wears a uniform to serve Canadians, if not, come on out and meet one!

The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation

How much money was raised in 2021?

TRB received $58,801.15 in donations.  The foundation is currently planning the distribution of funds according to the new distribution policy.

What framework does the foundation follow to distribute funds?

The foundation has adapted the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the treatment and prevention of PTSD/OSIs in first responders.  We believe that each member is unique in what will help them most according to their own personalities and throughout different phases of their journey.

Funds are divided according to the following needs:  Creative Outlets (5%), Passion Activities / Individual Retreats (15%), Group Retreats / Animals (20%), Housing Security / Crisis Intervention (25%), Personal Relaxation Tools / Food Security (30%), Awareness collaboration (5%)