Again, thanks to all. I looked into flying the bike up to Calgary, but that's not going to happen...USA rules and regs re dangerous cargo. So, it will be a ride. I've ridden Montana/SD a few times, and much of Wy, lots of Colo, some OR and WA and ID. I've done Glacier, Lolo, Little Bighorn and the Bighorn Range, Devils Tower, Custer State park, etc. Done the PCH and 101, Great Basin, the Utah parks. So, in short, i am familiar with the west, and the only day I dread of the ride is the first day, ie out of NOLa and as far west/north I can get, I'll probably leave around 4am and stop mid afternoon, maybe to repeat that the next day. So the ride up to AB/BC will be old, though pleasant, news. I actually like riding in KS and NEB! Something spiritual about that. Or maybe it's just monotonous. 8) You got that right! I refer to them as Les Bussards, pronounced "Buzzards." Been to Moab twice, once with and once without aforementioned...all the difference in the world. It sounds like there will be enough in the southern part of BC to keep me very interested. I am planning on entering south of Calgary, the SE and then exiting SW. yes, I looked at WA highways...I see WA 20, and just eyeballing from 2800 miles away, looking at 20->153->17->23??? and visit the Palouse (again...a truly beautiful area--was on Steptoe Butte at dawn...remarkable), and then find my way down south, NV? UT? Co, etc. Have cold and warm weather gear, including electrics. GPS, SPOT Smartphone, extra gas and the bike will be tip top. Dealing with the heat on the way back may be an issue, but I have a cooling vest I could take. So, with that, what would be some places to base out of for 2 or 3 nights, chilling a bit, worthwhile scenic not overloading day rides?