The Making of a Cross Canada Route

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

  1. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    I love the prairies. I love the heat in the summer, the endless blue sky matching the unbroken landscape. I wouldn't miss it for the world.
  2. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yup. The entire SK section was awesome and possibly my fav other than the Chilcotin in BC. What some parts might lack in terms of scenery like the Rockies, more than make up for it with spectacular riding and dual track.
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  3. BuiltnotBought

    BuiltnotBought Perpetual Project

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    Ontario portion was great, plenty of gravel and no complaints at all on what pavement there was.
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  4. dbern

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    Can you give any sort of percentage pave vs not?? Sounds like the western stuff is 90 dirt... I did the TAT in 13 and was disappointed with the eastern stuff as it was quite a bit of pavement... I did quite enjoy the grasslands of Oklahoma on the trail...
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    When we were putting the route together some of the most beautiful pics were from the prairies. As for the east now the Trans Labrador Highway is at least 3/4 paved which took all the fun out of it. Newfoundland the island is still 95% dirt on the T'Railway and there is another mostly logging road route that will get you about 3/4 the way across. The Quebec options have to be at least 90% dirt. There is a guy trying to put a route together across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick but he's running into issues as he goes. One day.
  6. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    90+% of the entire route is non paved roads and trails. Paved roads were only used to get from point a to point b where gravel wasnt available or suitable and also to get into and out of towns/cities for fuel, etc.

    Brraaappp
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  7. Eean1975

    Eean1975 Adventurer

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    I agree...the Sask TCAT was awesome! Its too bad people divert straight through and miss the diverse terrain the whole route has. Im going to tackle Alberta late spring.

  8. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    That music you used was.....not my fav. Good shots tho.
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  9. Eean1975

    Eean1975 Adventurer

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    Freebie iOS music and edited in about 5 minutes on the phone....beggars cant be choosers lol. Its pretty terrible I agree.
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  10. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA Supporter

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    I feel that if you bypass parts of it you haven't done it , I might be wrong in that opinion . It's meant to be a challenging ride , parts of it are but all in all I have enjoyed every mile so far with just BC to complete it .
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  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Good on ya, I am sadly lacking. I'd think about next year but I got an invite to ride Siberia/Mongolia/Stans instead.
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  12. dbern

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    Awesome thanks for the info...
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  13. KTM Mike

    KTM Mike Long timer

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    Hi Ted

    Any luck with version 7? I'll be riding Ontario in early August.
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  14. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Not yet, consumed with Roaming Rally stuff for a bit (until June). There wont be any big changes, just a few tweaks here and there based on feedback.
  15. Jake_NorthernOnt

    Jake_NorthernOnt Adventurer

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    Hey GR0NK, have you been up north of Capreol at all this season? I'm looking to try out that route to go to the watershed, but I know how bad it can get flooded this time of year! Cheers
  16. Jake_NorthernOnt

    Jake_NorthernOnt Adventurer

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    Hi ststrider, Have you been up north at all this season? I'm wondering what condition Portelance road is in as I'm looking to do the Capreol to watershed loop. Cheers
  17. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    TCAT version 8.0 is now available. The major change is to Vancouver Island. The route used to be a south to north route up the island. A return track has been added since most folks need to get back to one of the main ferries in either Naniamo or Victoria.

    The yellow line (track) is the return route. The blue line is the route heading north. The pink lines are option technical sections or side tracks to camp locations.

    The entire Vancouver Island section is now approximately 1000 miles in length (1600 km's). This now makes going to the island a trip onto itself for many people. Throw in some touristy stuff, like a trip out to Tofinio, and it would be easy to spend two weeks on the island.

    Still working on a few changes in Quebec, a new revision will be released later this summer which will reflect those changes.

    Have a great season exploring.

    A huge shout out to David Williams and his tireless efforts to keep the route on the island alive and well.

    Cheers

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  18. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Where do I apply for a grant from the Canadian Government so I can be a trail inspector :photog
  19. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Dont know but when you find out please let me know :)
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  20. KTM Mike

    KTM Mike Long timer

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    Thanks! Does 8.0 include any changes in Ontario?