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Old 07-22-2008, 01:15 PM   #136
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Talk to Old Fart at Play...I think he has this ride in his plans...
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:44 PM   #137
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Took me all afternoon to get it read, but it was worth every minute. Great report and pics. Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:37 PM   #138
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Talk to Old Fart at Play...I think he has this ride in his plans...
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:43 PM   #139
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Some usable tracks and waypoints to follow.

1) Blackwater -Vanderhoof to Quesnel backroads

2) Fish Lake- hand drawn track that I never did ride from Whitehorse to the lake

3) Grey pass Kimb-- the Grey Creek Pass

4)Hartley-Bullrvr- Whtswan---the great backroad from Fernie to the Hotsprings and the rough stuff with the water on the road

5) KVR 1-- a hand drawn track to correct the flaw on Summerland track.

6) Rennel Snd-- the ride down the backside of Haida Gwaii

7) Summerland --this is the KVR sections that I did. The GPS was set to "follow road" and while the road was right beside the rail, the pointer jumped onto the road and the track is slightly flawed because of this. It is still good usable data. I reset the gps at the campsite and the remainder from Otter lake is accurate.
All tracks are 500 pts or less.

Waypoints- not many ritzy hotels or restaraunts. Lots of hwy RA marked as I went by them. Lotsa camping spots marked as I spotted them. Some are nice Prov Parks. Some are nothing more than a small area of flat ground beside the road. Some are really nice places that are free.
Lotsa bridges and other stuff marked,this allows you to navigate with just the wypts and not need the track. maybe.

I'll try and get them posted in a bit.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:48 PM   #140
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What a great ride! Thanks for writing it up. It really seized my imagination.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:20 PM   #141
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fantastic ride, great photos, excellent narrative. Thanks for taking the time to put this out there, very inspiring!!!
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:16 AM   #142
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Ok, gotta ask a few questions:

1. are all the campgrounds in Canada free??? Seems amazing that you are able to do all that camping for nothing!

2. food: how often did you resupply? Just hit the grocery store and stock up a bit?

3. Water: did you filter any of the water or just drink from the lakes & streams?

Awesome report! I may have 3 weeks off very soon and may find myself up in Canada in no time!
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:44 AM   #143
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Geez, I think I might do this...

I've been scanning RR for some inspiration the last few weeks....Hecto, your report HOOKED ME about 5 hours ago and I haven't stopped researching this trip since.... missed the Colbert Report for the first time in ages! I'm thinking I might do this in August... I can re-build the fence and deck next year!

Hectoglider, what was your total milage?... as I don't have quite 6 weeks; And costs if you can guesstimate?
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:30 AM   #144
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Here are Hecktogliders GPS track, and waypoint files....
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:47 AM   #145
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Total trip cost is somewhere between $2500- $3000 maybe, not sure..
I travelled 16,000 km and guess I spent maybe $1200 on fuel. $216 on BC ferries. At one point I went 1000 km on $60 of fuel. So 16 x 60 plus the higher cost up north. I paid for camping on the way up north in 3 provincial parks ($18-$20). Then at Whitehorse $16 x 3. At Dawson, Inuvik, Dawson again and Whitehorse again. The really good free sites where in BC and the QCI. I seemed to stumble upon a nice spot just near suppertime. Sometimes I scanned the area around me on the GPS screen. There is plenty of spots to camp, and sometimes its nice to have the shower house and all the things at the $$ sites. I have done 12,000km trips in 17 days but it is less enjoyable.
Food was picked up every few days, whichever items I was low on. Instant oatmeal with peaches from the small 4 pack cans. Tea ,coffee noodles, canned salmon. Nuts and crackers peanut butter, whatever I felt like having. I would usually eat the yogurt and bananas right outside of the grocery store and fresh fruit at the next stop along the way. The key here is to look at your map and determine where your next big town is and assess what you have on board and what you will need before running out of something while being in the bush overnight.I was usually in a decent sized town every day. But tried not to have excess supply.
I would try and fill my water jugs while in a town but some of the streams coming out of the mountains had better water at times. No filter or tablets. This is Canada, I do not believe in buying water in this country.
I had a rough idea of what area I was going to ride but some of it was decided on route. That is the best when I can be flexible and "go over there" Secondary roads....no Semis, no RV's ....
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:57 PM   #146
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Excellent report............thanks for posting
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:22 PM   #147
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Thanks
I'm really glad I found this one
Way up at the top of the list for most insipring ride reports.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:03 PM   #148
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Great report! Thanks for taking the time to put it together :)
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:46 PM   #149
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Kari,

You get home and nail all that stuff you sent home to the garage, post a pic of the good stuff you've got on the wall! I know you don't have Sander's license plate from Holland, I checked and it was still on his bike when he came through here! But I hear there's a Canadian lady might be able to get it for you....all I know.............

Great report, greater ride. You da man!

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:22 PM   #150
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Awesome report Kari. I've been wondering how your trip was going.
Looks to have been an epic adventure ride. Maybe we'll cross paths later this summer or fall at the icemaker ride.
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