Thanks for the info. They have decided on a southern route instead. Unfortunately, their new route may actually not work out well either, as with the days around the total eclipse of sun on the 21st through central Oregon, roughly 2 million 'observers' from around the world will be in the area. Accommodation has been booked along the eclipse line for years. It's actually affected gasoline pricing from San Diego all the way to Kelowna for the last 1/2 of the summer. Slightly off topic for a bit, regarding the ferry ride from Pt. Hardy to Bella Coola, which for 2017 at least sounds bloody miserable especially on a bike, sitting out on an open barge with no cover!!. This from a resident of Mile 108, former owner of Hill's Health Ranch, and ministry of tourism advisor, my neighbour's son, from last Saturday afternoon: " Howdy Steve !!! My mom tells me to give you an update on the state of hwy in biking from Port Hardy-Bella Coola through to Vancouver, so here is what is happening on that!! Ferry Service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola: for 2017 you must catch the ferry to Prince rupert, and get off in Bella Bella, and then catch the nimpkish barge vessel to do the 8-9 hour trip to Bella Coola. HOWEVER, if you do this trip in 2018, there is a NEW ferry going direct from Hardy to Bella Coola in only `10 hours , a new ferry with comfortable seating, great on-board food and lots of acknowledgements of the Great Bear Rain Forest as you make the voyage. Hwy 20 from Bella Coola to Williams Lake is closed due to wildfires. What is getting little rep;orting in Vancouver media is the size and extent of the chilcotin fires, they are massive, and nothing else in BC is even close to the size of these fires. One fire alone is over 1200 sq. kilometres. So basically you cannot get out of Bella Coola, you can make it to the top of "The Hill", and then you are road-blocked from proceeding. Additionally, the Chilcotin Indian Bands (6 communities) want Hwy20 fully closed until at least Sept. 15. So you couild consider making the trip after Sept. 15.... FYI....Hwy 97 from 70 Mile to Cache Creek is also closed, and has been closed for over a month due to the massive "Elephant Hill" fire, formerly known as Ashcroft-Cache Creek fire, which has NEVER been controlled and is now all the wya up to 70 Mile House, covering 130,000 hectares, or 320,000 acres, or 500 sq. miles, or 800 sq. km's. So you take hwy. 24 near 100 Mile House and go to Little Fort on Hwy 5, and go down the Coquihalla.... I hope these added details help you and your group in deciding what to do!! I would wait till June of 2018, or at minimum, wait till after Sept. 15 this year...If you go this fall, let me know, as I know all the best lodges/resort/eateries along the Hwy from inside Bella Coola to Williams Lake...!!! Happy to help you plan the perfect itinerary.