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#1005864 - 02/21/18 08:49 PM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Wow, Mike, good info. Sounds like your backyard, although a big backyard.

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#1006855 - 03/06/18 11:55 AM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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We decided to fly into Seattle as tickets are 1/2 the price to Vancouver. We have rented from Eagle Rider and will have the bikes for 6 total days. Next is figure our dailey destinations and arrange hotels. We like to ride generally 300 to 400 miles per day, depending on the roads.


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#1006862 - 03/06/18 01:57 PM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Cris, you should have a blast. I rode the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper in 2006, and it was utterly spectacular end to end.


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#1006890 - 03/06/18 09:20 PM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Originally Posted by cris nitro
We decided to fly into Seattle as tickets are 1/2 the price to Vancouver. We have rented from Eagle Rider and will have the bikes for 6 total days. Next is figure our dailey destinations and arrange hotels. We like to ride generally 300 to 400 miles per day, depending on the roads.


Must be a seat sale today, I'm seeing same price Washington, DC to Vancouver, BC as Washington, DC to Seattle, WA most days in July & August smile smile smile But I know that changes a lot if leaving from NC.

Anyway, 6 days is going to be a tight itinerary. To really enjoy the interior of BC, 250-300 mile days would be about max. If you really have to get to the Rockies, you will have to spend a day or two on the major highways each way.

Maybe you should limit yourselves to WA & ID? Or just southern BC?

Mike


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#1006924 - 03/07/18 11:53 AM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: Selden]  
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Originally Posted by Selden
Cris, you should have a blast. I rode the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper in 2006, and it was utterly spectacular end to end.

Thanks, Seldon.


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#1007269 - 03/12/18 10:54 PM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Mike;

Just spent a little time mapping the first three days. All subject to modification of course.
Day 1; pick up bikes 9am in Seattle, get on the road by 11:00, straight to Vancouver and pick up 99/ Sea to Sky Hgwy and go to Whistler.
Day 2; Whistler to Lillooet, to Kamloops, to Glacier NP.
Day 3; GNP to Lake Louise and then start heading back S/SW towards US and work our way directly to Seattle.

We have 6 total days on bikes and I was thinking Lake Louise has our turn back point.

Are we taking too big of bites? I'm guessing Lillooet to GNP (Route 1) is all highway? We have no problem not going so far east if it means a more pleasant trip. We don't mind slabs, but not the whole time.

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#1007291 - 03/13/18 01:46 AM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Chris
I haven't done those roads, but did research them. If they're like other regions, they can get bogged with construction or traffic. Day 2 might be pushing it.
Also, Day 4 you could take 95 to 93 or 3 and head west out to the Fraser river. 93 will take you across a small border crossing at Roosville. Then cut-over and follow 37 down lake Koocanusa to US 2. You can then pick a number of pretty routes back to Seattle including staying on 2. Many moons ago I drove 3 and it was very pretty.


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#1007321 - 03/13/18 05:00 PM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Chris:

Unfortunately summer is road construction season out west, and right now I can't really tell you where any major delays would be. The other delays are border crossings and getting through urban areas - particularly Vancouver, Everett and Bellingham.

If you hit the border crossing (Blaine,WA - Douglas,BC) at the wrong time it can take 2 hrs. In general it is usually faster via the Truck Route a couple of blocks east, but online info (US Border or Canada Customs) is pretty accurate. It can even take an hour to get through Everett on I-5 from 3-6 pm. Count on 1.5-2 hrs to get through Vancouver (sorry, no HOV lanes or lane-splitting).

Hotel rates in Pemberton or Squamish are (generally) more reasonable than Whistler.

Whistler to Glacier NP would be a stretch. First BC 99 from Pemberton to Lillooet is 60-80 km an hour and you will probably want to stop along Duffey Lake, if not at some of the one-lane bridges. BC 99 Lillooet to Cache Creek is a bit faster, but still 90 kph (55mph). Hwy 1 from Cache Creek to Revelstoke is more reasonable, with more options to stay in Revelstoke. Otherwise you will have to go to Golden for accommodation (there is only camping in the park itself).

Hwy 1 is mostly 2 lanes with some passing lanes, but slows down to 50-60 kph through quite a few of the towns.

Let me work on some options for you. What days are you looking at?

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#1007363 - 03/14/18 03:58 AM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Consider this route:

[Linked Image]

Follow the numbers 1 though 20. Three thousand km (1,860 mi) total. One long (800 km/ 500mi) day.
Overnight stays are:
  • Winthrop, WA
  • Valemount, BC
  • Lake Louise, AB
  • Revelstoke, BC (but could be Salmon Arm, BC)
  • Squamish, BC (but could be Pemberton, BC)


Highlights:
  • Gets you out of Seattle and into the mountains fast (unless you are looking at a Friday, in which case you're screwed anyway)
  • Reasonable 4 hr 1st riding day
  • Hwy 97 (Blewitt Pass)
  • WA 20 Winthrop to Sedro-Wooley (Washington Pass)
  • Quieter border crossing at Sumas/Huntingdon
  • Ride the Coquihalla and try to imagine what it's like in winter (ever watch "Highway thru Hell"?)
  • Still get to Jasper and Lake Louise
  • side trips to Emerald Lake and Mt Revelstoke Meadows
  • Howe Sound now on the same side of the road as you going south on the Sea-to-Sky
  • "Ideal time" to go through Vancouver (mid-morning)
  • side trip to Mt Baker
  • could still get back well before 6pm on the 6th day


Lodging choices are pretty limited in Winthrop & Valemount.

Shorter options also possible.

Mike Cassidy


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#1007413 - 03/15/18 12:29 AM Re: Trip to Norther Rockies into Canada [Re: cris nitro]  
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Wow, Mike, you are very helpful. And you too, Danny. We are picking up the bikes on Sunday 7/22 and returning them on Friday the 27th.

Looks great, I'm guessing the 500 mile day is Day 2 from Winthrop to Valemount? Is that 500 miles like 10 hours or more like 14? That might be a stretch.

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