The Making of a Cross Canada Route

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Deadly99, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. BSTT

    BSTT Adventurer

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    Congratulation Ted and the team :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
    To stay on with the project TCAT for years was a great job and worth the time you spend on it.
    The RRs and pictures of people who will travel the TCAT will be the compliments to you all.

    Ciao Gero
  2. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Job well done. Now we have to spread the word. May try the BC section this summer.:clap
  3. Two Wheeled 'Tard

    Two Wheeled 'Tard Banned

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    You guys are so awesome that it almost makes me crap my pants.
  4. AltRoute

    AltRoute AltRoute

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    :clap:clap WAY TO GO [​IMG] TEAM :clap:clap

    Thanks to your dedication, open to everybody (cars, bikes and motorbikes) and free access to the GPS files you have guaranteed a great source of loyal followers and a good crowd of ADV'ers ready and willing to help update the GPS routes.

    Now I just have to work out with the boss and THE BOSS :sweeti how I can get 50+ days off (10k miles, at about 200 miles a day ) and still have a home to come back to :lol3
  5. Scampi6000

    Scampi6000 Adventurer

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    You and me both bro! We'll have to say it's for a very well meaning charity... ScampRoute6000 For 'ickle Sick Children

    Fair play lads, all of you. It was an immense challenge and undertaking to piece it all together - mud, sweat and tears included - and then to offer it up with no charge is commendable. Proper 'Shareware' ideals! Now I just have to win the lotto... to buy a pressie for the missus that will out-weigh the 50+ days i'll have to leave her with the kids!

    Once again, you're a league of legends. Thank you! :D
  6. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    Congrats, and thanks, to all involved.
  7. slidefighter

    slidefighter Gather it up, keep on...

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    Just finished reading end to end. What an epic undertaking! Congratulations on your success and well done on the contribution you've made to the riding options available for the rest of us..

    Out of interest, what model Honda was the red one with the white front fender and funky windshield?
  8. Spiritwalker2222

    Spiritwalker2222 Been here awhile

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    Is it spring yet, is it spring yet?

    Awesome job guys, can't wait to ride as much of it as I can.

    :clap:clap:freaky
  9. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Only 162 days to go!:clap

    Six confirmed so far in our group. An International group to be sure with 2 Canadians, 1 Ozzy, 1 American, 1 UKer, and 1 German but all riding Orange. And fast.:lol3

    Thanks again for making this ride Deady and the rest of your team. My riding mates say it's getting lots of attention in their countries and many wish they could come over and ride it.
  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    That's my Honda xr650r. Fun, fast and reliable. A fun weekend bike, not so great for multi week touring though.

    Look forward to the ride report. Doing the entire route?
  11. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    This is looking amazing and I'm getting itchy feet to to organize another overseas expedition. This could be it. :D Dawn and I completed the TAT 2 up so I reckon we should be ok on the TCAT. How easy would it be to overlay the route on a map showing cities and towns so we could get a reference to where the route goes. ?

    Awesome job to all those involved with the making of this route :clap
  12. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    FANTASTICK!!!!!!!:clap:clap:clap.......Thanks to all who worked on this!!!!!
    Scott
  13. Noah M

    Noah M www.nouturns.tv

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    This is nothing short of absolutely amazing!
    Thank you to everyone involved thus far!
    There are no words!
    Wow! fantastic!!
    THANK YOU!:clap
  14. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    I should have some interactive online maps available for large or small-scale browsing up early in the new year... links will be posted in this thread. Stay tuned!
  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    :freaky
  16. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Thanks, i will look forward to seeing them.
    Cheers Phil
  17. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I've been working with Ted on the GPX file. I have been doing some detailed work for my own use and see that it might be helpful to share this so that we don't have a lot of people researching the same things (economy of effort).

    So far I have put a lot of time in on the eastern half and sent Ted some material to consider for the master file. I sent him some sample "layers" that have waypoints for fuel, hospitals, Canadian Tire stores, and Tim Horton's stores along the route. I am working on the camping/lodging and POI "layers" right now. It all takes a lot of time to dig out and verify some of this stuff so things won't move too quickly overall.

    Here is a picture that reflects some of that information.
    [​IMG]

    I also tightened up the tracks to be used at a .2 mi scale while riding. I altered the track naming convention so that track segments appear in order to make it easier to measure distances during the planning phase. I segmented the tracks to run from fuel to fuel where fuel is scarce as it makes it easier to plan. I also marked 10 segments on the east side that need to be recorded by riders so that we can get the most accurate track we can. As with any project, the authors will be able to keep refining the material as riders run the route over time, record some tracks, and offer any changes or corrections that need to be made.

    I plan to continue with the file and do the west side as well. Again, this work was intended for my personal use but I am happy to share the information with Ted and others that might benefit. I enjoy doing GPS work and track sharing and being that I am retired I have the time to spend on it in the dead of winter. :D

    Not sure what Ted's plans will be as far as including some of this in the master file and the timeline for publishing revisions. It will take some time to get this done from end to end, so it might be best to have a longer gap in publishing updates to the master file.

    If someone is actively planning a trip and wants to have some of this information in the near term, you can contact me and I will be happy to share the info you need.

    One thing I should mention is that someone riding the entire path will need one of the newer GPS units that takes up to 200 tracks. The 20 track units may work well for riding shorter segments.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have a lot of respect and gratitude for the excellent people that put this thing together. It takes a lot of dedication and effort to produce a project of this scale and quality. Thanks again to all who made this happen for the rest of us! :thumb

    Edit: In case anyone is curious this is what the fuel "layer" (gas waypoints) looks like on the east side, this picture is an overview. There are a few long reaches in there but it looks like it will all work out well with a little planning.
    [​IMG]
  18. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    An awesome improvement to the GPS files :clap


    Thanks Cannonshot :thumb


    Merry Christmas
  19. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I can't wait for a complete route on gps file to become available soon! I'd like to sign up to receive the file for this route so I can travel via this trail on my way up to Deadhorse before going down to Ushuaia. :clap
  20. ramz

    ramz Professional Trail Rider

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