belgium/canada/alaska

Discussion in 'Canada' started by hannes vg, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. hannes vg

    hannes vg Adventurer

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    hello,

    a few months ago is was working and suddenly it popt in my head.
    damn, i wanna see and ride canada.
    without hesitating i start searching for things like, how do i get my bike there, where do i wanna drive....
    didn't got a driver license, i'm not rich, didn't know or my boss would let me go for 3 months.

    everything is finally comming in to place
    got the green light at my job
    got my license
    and got a budget.

    2 months ago i met cal on the adv forum
    man, what a hero. he is helping me big time.
    with his help i bought a nice 2003 klr650. much cheaper than shipping my own bike from belgium.
    thanks cal

    i'm flying to calgary in may and i'm riding:
    calgary - vancouver island
    vancouver island - cassiar and up north to seward
    seward - dawson and back to calgary.

    i have 2,5 months time, so enough time for some sightseeing.
    every road tip is very welcome
    nice places to visit?
    to camp? ( trying to camp as much as possible to keep te cost low)
    what should i look out for on the road and on the bike?
    the most crucial thing on the bike for this trip?

    time is flying now, getting very excited.
    hope this trip is gonna be epic.

    thanks
    greeting from belgium
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  2. 268

    268 Been here awhile

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    Can't help you out here, but this one is going to be epic for u:clap

    Alleszins een goede reis gewenst :wink:
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  3. Simon L

    Simon L Adventurer

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    Subscribed ;-). Hope you'll be able to post some nice pics during/after your trip!

    Simon
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  4. hannes vg

    hannes vg Adventurer

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    kzal ze gewoon late zien dak terug zen :)
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  5. nordicbiker

    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    Hello Hannes!

    When I started reading your fred I thought I have a ghostwriter now - I am planning a similar trip, the difference is however that I have been working on it for the last 1.5 years! I also bought a bike (a 2012 KLR 650!), because I realized that it will be much cheaper than the transport of my KTM from Sweden to Canada and back. I will also be out there fore almost three months. And I got some great help offers from people here in the AdvRider forum!

    My trip will start in Halifax and end in Vancouver. Hope to have enought time for getting all the way up to the Yukon and still do some hiking in national parks, rafting and other "side adventures".

    I am arriving in Halifax June 2 and will then be in the east for three to four weeks. So watch out for a guy on a black KLR further west from the beginning of July!

    Good luck for your trip, contact me if you want to know further details!

    Regards from Sweden
    Kai-Uwe / nordicbiker

    www.x-canada.com
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Sounds like a great trip. When the journey is under way, start a new thread in Ride Reports. This thread has been moved to the Canada forum for suggestions and possible help from locals.
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  7. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    subscribed.

    Don't let the bugs bite you :rofl

    Wish you the very best on a wonderful experience. Ride'm :deal
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  8. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I'm in the middle of Alberta. Let me know if you need anything while you're here. Cold beer in fridge.

    Enjoy our country!

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  9. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Let me know when you get to Vancouver Island and if you like I'll join you for a coffee or play tour guide if I am free from work..
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  10. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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  11. JimmieA

    JimmieA Long timer

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    I would say don't ride after dusk/dark and get a heated vest with a controller to set the temperature. You can change the tail light to get a bit extra juice for the vest.
    I forgot to add: For years I would get cold knees in the rain or on cold days. The rest of my body would be warm but the knees would cool down the rest of my body due to the blood flow through my knees. I got riding gear that has knee pads and the pads keep my knees warm. It might sound crazy but it makes me a lot more comfortable. Simple thing but it works for me.
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  12. 2Trider

    2Trider Been here awhile

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    Are you doing the ferry from the Island to Prince Rupert ....
    When your in Terrace I can place you on top of some mountains
    Also there is the
    -Lava Fields in the Nass Valley
    -Hot Springs
    -Stewart/Hyder and the Salmon Glacier
    -Spatsizi (At Tatogga Lake)
    -Telegraph Creek
    And if you need someplace(s) to camp in the area speak up
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  13. hannes vg

    hannes vg Adventurer

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    don't got a heated vest only gloves.
    i hope riding with different layers would do the job.

    thanks for the reply
    greetings
    hannes
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  14. JimmieA

    JimmieA Long timer

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    An electric heated vest is a wonderful thing. I think you would be happier with one on cold mornings and in the rain. May month in the mountains, even the prairies isn't that warm out of the sun. The vest needs to fit tight to your body over a tee shirt under the other clothes you wear. I think a controller that you can vary the settings 0-100% is the way to go. I have a Widder vest that draws 33 watts but I think they went out of business. All I have is the vest no high neck, no arm or leg warmers or gloves. The KLR can handle the 33 watts but not a lot more than that, I changed out the tail light for a LED one and only use the vest while on the road, at RPM, not around town at idle.
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  15. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Get a heated vest! Especially if you are camping. You will wake up cold ( I promise) and look forward to plugging into your bike.
    Once you've had one you wont go back, and there will be days out here where you will wish you had one.


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  16. camitzi

    camitzi Adventurer

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    This sounds like an epic trip. too bad we are not in vancouver when u get there, we could show u some really nice rides around. good luck and have fun!
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  17. Cal

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    There is so much to see in B.C. the Yukon and Alaska, its easy to spend a month in Alaska alone! Start a thread in the Alaska section ,they are very helpful and can give you many ideas. June is the perfect month for Alaska as the rains usually hold off more than July. Talk to you when you arrive in Calgary.
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  18. JimmieA

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    There is the D2D (Dusk 2 Dawson)in the Dawson, Yukon, really just a weekend camping outing but kind of neat, never been there. There are treads here and elsewhere about it. There is 24 hour sunlight that time of year up there.
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  19. Mike Ryder

    Mike Ryder Kriegerkuh

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    Hannes stayed at my place last night and is on his way to N. Van on the 99, Lilooet , Duffy, Pemberbush way. I hope the rain held off.
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  20. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    He mentioned a while back that he would be my way around the 20th... Today was the first wet day in a while around here and were supposed to get a few more...The long range shows the sun coming back for next weekend so hopefully he can make it then while I have the long weekend off of work...
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