cross Canada trip and back - need advice

Discussion in 'Americas' started by dbrum, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    So, if it's 3600km from CGY to YYZ, how can 400km/day make the trip out and back in 2 weeks?
    Has the above inmate ever been out of Ontario?
    In my opinion, once you hit the prairies you should hammer through. If you only
    do 400km a day on the flats it'll feel like you can see your previous night's camp site:lol3
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  2. H96669

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    All them pariries, US or Canada have to be good for 6-800 Kms days or more. All depends on your bike/seat/butts if you can do it again the next day however.:wink:

    Don't be shy about detouring around any of the big American cities....Chicago etc!!! Going through them will not save you anything but a few Kms and increases the risks big time.:eek1

    And if you have to go through any of them...DO NOT set your GPS on avoiding highways, going through such cities as St Louis that way may just take you to some places where you won't even want to get off the bike. Make sure you have lots of fuel if you think it may happen or GTF out of there!:eek1
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  3. Snowkarver

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    If you can swing closer to three weeks for the loop, you'd probably have a much better time.

    One thing to remember as you use Google Maps to calculate mileage is that you're getting the most direct roads, which are usually the worst for riding enjoyment. Based on the above map, it's about 10,000km for two weeks, or 700-800km per day, every day. But that distance skips right by some of the best riding, scenery, sights, and small towns in North America as you hurtle down the interstate. If you actually want to hit some awesome roads, start adding miles. And if you want to stop to see some cool stuff, start taking away from that daily distance because you're not doing any sightseeing at that rate.

    You'll blast through the entire width of British Columbia in a day or two max to keep time, down the Hwy 5 and 1 slab instead of taking in the Crowsnest, Duffey Road, Sea to Sky, plus a long leisurely lunch on a patio in Whistler. Tear down I-90 through Montana right past the Beartooth and the Bighorns. Cross WA and ID on the interstate instead of "99 miles of curves" roads like North Cascades and Lolo Pass.

    If you're set on making it to the coast, I'd beg, borrow, or steal enough time to take 3 weeks off, make a beeline for the Rockies with some long fast days while you're fresh, slow right down from there to enjoy the awesomeness of a PNW loop all the way to Rapid City SD, and then blast home to TO iron butt style. Anything worth seeing within a week's loop of Southern Ontario you can do in another, shorter trip.
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  4. H96669

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    You may want to reroute a little, cross at Sarnia,avoid Detroit and maybe ferry across the lake then come back through "the Soo", could save you a couple days that. Couple days of "not that interesting riding" that can easily be done at another time. Unlike someone else I may have tried to help, you sound pretty reasonnable re the trip planning. Big deceptions sometimes when you find out the day before the trip that all your planning was for nothing and that you have to change the plans at the last minute.:cry

    Just did a 12 days 8,000 Kms a couple years back,but for one day I took for sightseeing and relax my sore butt, sure did not find much time for other sightseeings. However found plenty of twisties & back roads, that's what I wanted to see more than the typical overcrowded attractions I may have already seen a few times anyway.

    Go West as fast as you can, then advise for sightseeing/scheduling.Way too much to see out here....!:clap
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