The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. tarzan30

    tarzan30 Been here awhile

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    :clap good work guys!

    It just keeps getting better.

    Keep it up.
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  2. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    If I may suggest we (Canada) try and cooperate on this endeavour. I'm in Edmonton, and could certainly try and help you scout some routes. Did you have a preferred path going through Alberta? Any ideas of places you want the route to pass through? Rough idea of latitude?
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  3. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Help would be much appreciated :). Shoot me a pm with your email address and I'll send you a google earth file showing some of the terrain I was hoping to include out there. The western half won't really be started until fall of 2011 once the eastern half is completed but gettting a jump start and having folks pre ride (recon) parts of the route prior to us getting out there is a great idea. As funds and time away from work aren't endless this would really help us out.

    Thanks to everyone for their support, having others help out will make the route better (as having local's input is invaluable) and get the finished product done sooner.
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  4. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    great idea guys, and I like that you're keeping it realistic for the common man "not making the world's hardest enduro route". Best of luck:freaky
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  5. Jack Rabbit

    Jack Rabbit Adventurer

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    Bartron, Keep me in the loop as I wouldn't mind taking on a bit of that task as well. From the looks of the last 3 pages, it looks like making the route is most of the fun!!!!
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  6. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    Yeah, making the route will be the biggest adventure of the whole thing.

    Ted, please get a new camera. Yours makes me look old and a few pounds too heavy :cry
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  7. tarzan30

    tarzan30 Been here awhile

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    LOL

    Photos dont lie... but they cant see your great young spirit and happy go lucky demeanor!
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  8. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    ok I'm in............. rallying doesn't seem to be very economical $$, seems way too over rated too,, LOL.......... adventuring seems less stressful... with like minded individuals.:evil

    not sure how badly my wings are clipped yet, as wifey wants her turn at me... :D especially after the last couple of months... I don't have the nerve to ask for a weekend pass to go biking.
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  9. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Gidday Sean...long time no see, the Dacre rally didn't work out too well for you I hear :). We'll have to hook up for a recon weekend this summer and explore a few trails that have been recommended in Quebec ..... Or a longer trip if you want to travel on your little 400 .....
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  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    You'll notice I've left out the unflattering pics of myself :). Time to get a camera Dan.
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  11. 2wheelherman

    2wheelherman 2wheelherman

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    Subscribed !!!

    Keep up the good work. Huge commitment you are undertaking. I can see that this RR and the maps are going to be epic.
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  12. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Yes I noticed that...but you made sure to include the one with my bike on top of me!
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  13. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    I though the tv saying was that the camera adds ten pounds.

    I'm thinking Ted's is adding about 25 :D

    But, thanks for easing the pain!!
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  14. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    :D
    I was thinking that on my way to work this morning :lol3

    I'm going to bring my DSLR with the telephoto (and wide angle) lenses next time :deal
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  15. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    At least he wasn't at the bottom of the hill where I was, sitting there on the ground with all the gear on, sweat dripping down inside my helmet, while I contemplated giving up.

    That passed thankfully and I hit those water hazards with a new found confidence. When the going gets tough, the tough go ... ok there was nowhere to shop so I had to ride :clap
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  16. misteroldschool

    misteroldschool pain monster

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    i wish there were roads like that around here
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  17. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    A few quesions for the inmates.
    Being as how we are creating this route for others to ride, and I suspect that almost everyone who will ride this is a member or lurker on this forum, it seems appropriate to get your opinions and thoughts.

    First is a name for this route. TCT (Trans Canada Trail) is the logical name but it's used by a hiking trail across this country. Anyone have any suggestions ?

    Second..... We were thinking that this route or parts of it would be provided in a roadbook format. We want navagation to be a part of this as oppossed to just following a green line on your gps. For the more road orientated sections a gps file would be available as having a roadbook that says follow this road for 2000 km's didn't seem to make sense. Are we off here? Would you rather it just be in gps or does the combo make sense ? It's you folks that'll be riding it after all so what would you prefer ? We ran into issues with making a route for gps's as they only seem to work well for roads that are on a map. Tracks work well but not everyone has a gps that accepts tracks (me included).

    One last question for now....how much pavement is too much ? Staying away from pavement has been the goal and utilizing paved roads only as needed.....but this has the downside of hindering the route from seeing some pretty scenic and historic locations. We don't want to add to much pavement and take away from the "vision" of the route but I am curious as to what everyone thinks about this topic.


    Lastly a huge thanks to the numerous pm's I've received. A lot of great suggestions and offers to help out with a section, offers to join us riding for a section, offers for a tent spot in a backyard and so on. I'm amazed and honoured......a HUGE thank you. It is a large undertaking but it will certainly be easier with your support. I've started a map with everyone's suggestions penciled on it. At the end of the day there is no way we can do them all, sadly. Please don't take offense if we don't use your suggested road-trail-etc, the route needs to be somewhat of an East-West route and can't end up looking like spaghetti on a map or it would take us too many years to ride it all and would be so long that no one would be able to fit it into one season, lol

    Thanks in advance !
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  18. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    Good questions, see what the consensus is and go from there. But, like what was said previously, the guys who ride it later will certainly miss some of the fun sections like the Trail From Hell :D

    I vote for Cross Canada Trail ... CCT
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  19. Corbeau

    Corbeau Been here awhile

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    given that beaver dams will be found on many sections, and given the importance of the fur trade in the exploration of the country, I submit for a name The Beaver Trail

    It's even more appropriate if the trail links sleazy strip joints in rural Quebec...
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  20. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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    I like the idea of the tie in to the old days as well, and beaver is always good.
    This country was pretty well founded on beaver. Most of us have chased beaver at one time or another.
    Beaver is bonds us coast to coast. Even more than the CBC....
    You are talking about crossing the second largest country on the planet. Most of the Europeans that first tried this, that survived, did so by eating their friends. It would be cool to try to do it with only the most necessary paved sections, and make it as unique as possible. Make it tough. We are Canadians after all.
    I think that having a road book and tracks would be useful to more people and having both on a trip is the best. Just my 2 loonies...
    Thanks for giving this a shot.
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