Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
I did the same route from Philly some years ago on the way to the Jackson Hole/Tetons CCR. It was a most memorable trip.
I went north on the 81, crossed into Canada at Thousand islands, headed east on the 401 and north on the 29/15 and hit the 17 east of Ottawa. After a while this road becomes quite isolated and winds along a beautiful river on its way to Sudbury. I followed it all the way along the northern shore of Lake Huron, to Sault Ste Marie, then north around Lake Superior to Thunder Bay. Please don't miss this. BTW, I have also ridden on the northern road (the 11) which avoids the lakes and this is a very ordinary ride in unflattering shield country.
From Thunder Bay I headed west thru Winnipeg and Regina, to Medicine Hat, before turning southish on the 3 to Lethbridge. I would strong recommend making an overnight at lethbridge or Medicine Hat and having an ealy start for the ride down into the US heading for Babb and Glacier National Park. Having the sun behind you or to the side as you come across the plains and have the tremendous peaks of Glacier NP slowly rise from the plains on a clear morning was one of the high-points of my riding career in America.
If you have more time, head north at Medicine Hat and do a loop thru Banff/Lake Loiuse, heading south to Glacier running close along th range.
If you don't have a route from Glacier to Utah, I can give you a beauty.
After crossing Glacier (make sure the sun is at your back when crossing, the view is greatly enhanced), head west on the 2 from Kalispell. This is a great fast riding road. Then south on the 95 (crowded). I would strongly recommend riding down thru the Palouse (south of Coeur d'lene) on the way to Lewiston, before heading east over the Lolo Pass and south down the 93 and 75. You will certainly be well rewrded by such a trip. I really envy you. The Palouse at the time of year you are going, will be miles of golden fields, like a sea of wheat, being harvested. Its a dream.
On the way back I would ride up to Cook City outside the NE entrance to Yellowstone and spend a couple of days riding the area based in Cook City....Beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (my favourite road in the US) are very rewarding.....then back home across North Dakota. great stuff.
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
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