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Old 04-04-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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Help us plan our ADV Honeymoon!

Going to do a 2-up loop through the NW and Canadian Rockies and Cascades. Early August. Probably will fly into Seattle area. Roughly this loop:



Looking for input on:

* Route suggestions (GPS tracks??).
* What landmarks, natural features, restaurants, bars to not miss.
* Places to stay.
* Bike rental (with luggage) - preferably KTM 1190, but 1200GS would be fine.

Any advice appreciated!
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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You might think about taking US2 west on your return trip. I-90 is just boring slab.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Thanks TS! Done.








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Old 04-04-2014, 07:41 PM   #4
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If you have time, from Kamloops, head horth to Jasper on hwy 5, and then south on 93 through the Icefields Parkway towards Baniff . One of the most specular pieces of road anywhere! That is if you like awesome mountains and glaciers.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:02 PM   #5
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Ainsworth hotsprings is one of my favorites. Mid august is the BMW rally in Nakusp.

Hwy 12 from Lolo Montana to Lewiston, Idaho is a good one.

Early August can be hot all across central Washington ( Lewiston, Id included), not fun.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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You want to do Hwy 20 over the north Cascades. It is beautiful. hwy 90 sucks
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:50 PM   #7
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Yes, stay off I90. You can slab anytime. US2 to the Columbia, north to Twisp and Hwy20 to the coast. See if you can work in a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands (bikes go to the head of the line!).



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Old 04-04-2014, 11:19 PM   #8
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To echo a few thoughts from others, avoid 90, it's boring, and straight. And I'd second Ainsworth Hot Springs. I love going up there, but it's by Nelson, BC right in the middle of your circle.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:01 PM   #9
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It's WAY more scenic and twisty to take WA20 which is north of US2 all the way across WA state .
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:16 PM   #10
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It's WAY more scenic and twisty to take WA20 which is north of US2 all the way across WA state .

+2. Take Highway 20.

Also, the icefields parkway between Jasper and Banff is one of the most spectacular roads in North America. You really want to do that and it isn't that significant of a modification to the trip. Definitely worth it though.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:22 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Considering our time constraints, we're going to stick with the Rocky Mountain section. Here's the new route.

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Old 04-05-2014, 04:41 PM   #12
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Looks like a great trip!

Up and back on the Parkway will be cool! Always something new to see the other direction with different animals. Also good ride over the pass toward Revelstoke and fun ferry ride heading down towards Nelson.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:49 PM   #13
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Take the road from Everett though the Tulalip reservation by the coast and up chuckanut to Bellingham. Great scenic section of road for your first day.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:36 PM   #14
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1911Fan mentioned the San Juan Island ferry, and I think that would be the best way to begin your trip. The ferry system in Washington (and I'm sure BC as well) is a real pleasure for motorcycles. I've ridden a bit on Whidbey Island and in the San Juans, but otherwise this is mostly speculation from looking at the map. Here's a possible route:

Go to Anacortes your first night. It's about 2 hours NW from Seattle on the interstate, if you're pressed for time. Or better, make it easy day ride, crossing on the ferry from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island. Lots of nice spots on this route.

This positions you to catch the 8:30 ferry from Anacortes to Sidney, BC, on Vancouver Island. The ferry winds through the San Juan Islands, really nice. The Butchart Gardens are a only few miles away, and you'll want to go there. All this is close Victoria, or continue about 50 miles up the coast to stay in Nanaimo, BC.

Take the ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay on the BC mainland, just north of Vancouver. From there you could drop south through Vancouver and pick up your original route to Kamloops, but the more northerly route up 99 through Whistler looks more interesting to me, and roughly the same distance to Kamloops.

You've picked a good area for a ride!
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:45 AM   #15
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I might even be inclined to do that rocky loop twice, looks like lots of fun
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