The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    The Kiwi's emailed me a bunch of photos that accompany their last write up...


    Grey Creek Pass, what a ride!
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    Trout Lake BC - pristine
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    Mabel Lake
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    Active operations on forestry road require patience by riders to get through. Drivers very accommodating .




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    Mud and ruts are fun - for a while...



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    Keith on bear patrol. We were seriously concerned about in expectantly startling one of the mama and cubs we had seen about in the dense bush.
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    Well earned bevy at Morehead Lake. 2000 + Kms in 4 riding days. Phew!
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    Croocked Lake. Classic Canada.
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    Huckleberry dessert for dinner at Morehead Lake Cabins. She had to pick them quick before the bears!
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    The trail out of Likely. Fresh bear poop - but where is the pooper??
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    Ok Bryan - the GPS does say go down there but I don't know ...out of Likely
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    Fun fun fun on these trails in northern BC. Scenery bloody stunning.
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    Trying to find a go around to impassable Genevieve Road out of Wells. Mud and ruts a test of skills and eventually had to turn back. TCAT route now updated by Deadly to avoid !
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  2. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    We have been very fortunate to have the Kiwi's "proving" the GPS file across the country. In each province they have found a couple of errors with our work and trails/roads that suffered damage from mother nature and or industry which makes them no longer suitable.

    Between emails back and forth explaining their days and offering their suggestions along with emailing me their track files....well everyone in the TCAT project certainly appreciates it guys, as will others following in your footsteps, sincerely.

    Revision 3.0 is almost ready to be published. There are quite a few small yet imprortant changes in the Cariboo region of BC.

    The Kiwi's tell me they are leaving their luggage behind today and are going to ride one of the optional loops (08 BC 20). This loop will take them into Chilko Lake. The fact alone that after 2 months and 15, 000 km's of riding these lads still have the energy to explore optional sections of the TCAT is awesome!!!! Add to that and Bryan has a broken collarbone and well....its bloody inspiring!!!!

    Safe travels guys, only a couple of days left
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  3. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Travel safely, looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks :freaky
  4. hardwaregrrl

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    "Living, breathing, thing".....no kidding!!!! This is so cool that it's being tested and proven as we speak........thanks so much for sharing with all of us. I'm proud to have been involved. CAn't wait for the next installment from the kiwi's, ciedema, and maybe even bwokentoof , and bartron.....anyone else live on the trail???
  5. vwrally

    vwrally Adventurer

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    Just a note about the radio use on logging roads, they aren't controlled by a dispatcher. The trucks radio each other, and call out for example "km 20, loaded" which means a full truck heading out, or "km 19 empty" which means a truck going back in. They may also use "in" and "out", usually this is stated what terms to use on the sign at km 0 on the road. This way the drivers know where the other trucks are and when they will meet each other on coming, or when to pull over into one of the turnouts to let an eventually oncoming truck pass. Radio range is limited by distance and terrain, so you don't hear chatter from too far away. I've found in BC the truckers are usally reasonably accomodating to non-radio traffic on these roads, maybe since it is so much more common for locals to use them to access back country lakes and trails and such. In Alberta it is quite a different story, truckers get very angry when they come across non-radio traffic on "their" roads, and will often run you off the road, not fun.
  6. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    To add to that...

    Your a ghost in the system until you've been spotted. Typically loggers or whoever has a radio informs others on the band your direction of travel and whereabouts. Example "4 bikes heading in at 80 on the bull". Good rule of thumb to take it easy until your "known".
  7. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Hi Jenna :wave

    A friend of mine, Frank, is heading east. Should be on the hand drawn ferry in Quebec right about now. He has a ride report going.

    There are two mystery Brits about a week or so behind the Kiwi's.

    Maat is headed east and likely in Labrador about now.

    A few others riding smaller sections of the route, etc

    A fellow from Canmore, Alberta should be leaving soon to ride BC including Vancouver Island.

    A great first TCAT season :clap

    Next year I'll be living on the western half...hoping your coming :deal

    :freaky
  8. hardwaregrrl

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    Holy crap!!! That's a lot of people!!! I forgot about the brits....father and son if I remember right. If I can cough up some cash in the next 12, I'm in.

  9. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    At one time Bakerville was the largest town in the West North of San Francisco.


    Edit: And oh I am in Winnipeg.
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  10. 1Bonehead

    1Bonehead Fearless of Falling

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    I really love following this thread. Maryland has no real outback areas. Myself and a friend are heading thru a modified Labrador trip on Aug 24 for 14 days.

    This is keeping me focused. Thanks.
  11. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Hi sthamerica,

    I am loving this Ride Report! You Guys are an inspiration.
    Could you tell me what tires and pressures you and the Kiwis are running?
    As to your reference on the logging and oilfield trucks, I have gotten nothing but respect and consideration from them on my ride on the Trunkroad today. I hope it continues as I head further South. :thumb

    Thanks and Ride Safe....justjeff.... riding the Forestry Trunk Road
  12. sthamerica

    sthamerica Adventurer

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    Hi Jeff, most common cause of punctures we have found on the trail is impact puncture - caused by running too low pressures. In NZ. We call them "snake bites".
    We are using street legal knobblies, set at 19 front and 22 rear. So far, so good in this regard .
    Hope this helps.
  13. bwokentoof

    bwokentoof Pollyanna Man

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    Leaving Chapleau for Wawa this afternoon.

    Here comes the rain
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    Well this little black duck is finished with the prairies and is having an afternoon off in Kenora.

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  15. Deadly99

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  16. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    A friend and I were riding the Coal Creek Road on July 19th and grey's Creek Pass on July 20th. Occasionally we would see 3 fresh sets of moto-tracks in the dirt. Were we following the Kiwis??

    grump
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    No they were after that.

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  18. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Got an email from the Kiwi's last night. They seem quite impressed with the section between Riske Creek and Lillooet...going so far as saying its one of the best dual sport tracks they have ever ridden.

    Looks like they will be leaving Lillooet this morning and making their way to the Pacific and their finish line...18, 000 kilometers on their odometers...

    They sent this photo...

    Konni Lake. It doesn't get much better than this


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  20. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    That's quite a rating, considering the great riding they have in their home country... I rode through that country with a couple fellow riders from the Pacific N.W. states in 09... Afterwards they went on to say that was the best ride they had been on so far and these fellows had ridden a lot of the back country in the western states..