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Crossing the Rockies

Planning a trip this summer from New Brunswick to the west coast; Vancouver island. Anyone out there have any suggestions on the best route across the Rockies.

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Depends on how much time you have; if you're like me, you do as many miles OFF of the interstate as possible. I'd go through CO Springs (get there any way you see fit), and take a jaunt up Pike's Peak. That would require a bit of a side track (20 miles or so) at one point, but how often do you get to take your bike up to 14,000+ feet?

Then head out CO-24 to US-50. That'll give you an great ride over the Rockies, and Monarch Crest. Stay on US-50 out towards the coast if you want - it'll take you right by Lake Tahoe, across the "Loneliest Highway in America". Turn right in Placerville, CA on CA-49, and see the Gold Country.

Lots of ways to get out to the coast, and experience Hwy-1 (Pacific Coast Highway). Once you're in CA, OR, and WA, there are almost too many choices...
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Re: Crossing the Rockies

I did it a couple of years ago from Vancouver to Calgary. I would suggest a route that goes from Calgary to Banff, if you have time go to Lake Louise and up the mountain to Lake Moraine a very nice ride both up and down as long as there aren't too many RVs. Then head back towards Banff and take the Kootenay Parkway to Radium Springs, another beautiful ride. Over to Nelson which takes you over a fairly high mountain pass. Nelson is kind of a neat hippie town lots of interesting restaurants and places to stay. I took the southern route to get to Nelson but this year I will be returning to Ontario I think I will take the northern route through Whistler, Kamloops etc. Even if you take a wrong turn it will probably be nice ride.

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Planning a trip this summer from New Brunswick to the west coast; Vancouver island. Anyone out there have any suggestions on the best route across the Rockies.
I didn't check out your profile... I assumed New Brunswick, NJ!

Pike's Peak is still awesome!

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Depending on your available time, I would ride to the Rockies - say, to Jasper, AL, then ride south taking in as many classic riding roads as possible.

Here are a few suggestions:

-Trans Can Hwy around Lake Superior - no route to the west in the lower 48 compares (go by Ottawa, don't take 401 through Toronto)

-Icefields Parkway (Rt 93) south from Jasper!! mind-blowing
-Waterton Lakes NP (Alberta) and its sister park Glacier NP (Going to the Sun Highway through the Park!!
-Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge MT, connects to Chief Joseph Trail in northern Wyoming!!
-Work you way south through Steamboat Springs to Leadville, then take Independence Pass (Rt 82 into Aspen!
-North of Aspen leave 82 and head s-west around Carbondale (Rt 133 and work your way to Black Canyon area, then find 550 south to Durango - "Million Dollar Hwy"
-Head west through UTAH (UT 95 and 24, 12?) and onward

I am getting psyched just writing this. Check my blog (url in signature) for slideshows and picture posts of most of this. Have fun!

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Planning a trip this summer from New Brunswick to the west coast; Vancouver island. Anyone out there have any suggestions on the best route across the Rockies.
What time of year do you plan on being in the Rockies? I went through them in the early 70's when I was working in Edmonton, Alberta. It was the 1st of July and I was tenting....woke up with 6 inches of snow on the tent and on the roads. Had to wait until noon before the highway between Jasper and Banff was ok to travel. I always planned on riding the bike back to N.B., but our job ran late and it was mid-December and had to trailer the bike back.

I envy you your trip. Don't miss the drive between Banff and Jasper, or Jasper and Banff, depending on which way you are going....the scenery is fantastic and both towns are great places to visit and spend some time.


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I plan on leaving Fredericton about 01 Jul. Plan on taking about six days to get to Alberta. Just winging it from there on. I plan on spending alot of time in the interior BC. I'll be in no hurry. Planning on a four week trip but could be longer.

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By the time you get to the Rockies you should be safe from snow, although i would never rule it out. I can't help much with a route. I have been out a few times in the past few winters skiing as wife has a sister in Calgary. We drove into BC a number of times, through Kicking Horse Pass, and some others, but can't remember as i wasn't driving. Also flew over the Rockies in a small plane into Kimberly BC, got some great aerial shots, but nothing compared to my photos of the Rockies on my 72 BMW R75/5, The one thing about seeing the Rockies on a bike is that you can pull over most anywhere to view the scenery or take a picture....you can't do that in a car, and you don't get a "feel" for being in the Rockies like you do in the open air on a bike. Of course that was 1973.... and killing a 26'er of rye between Jasper and Banff to keep warm was not frowned on like it would be today.

I hope i can do that trip one more time before it is too late. Have a great trip yourself, it will be a trip of a lifetime i am sure, and biking through the Rockies is like nothing else, maybe not so much about great bike roads, but just about the scenery and the feeling you get about riding through these majestic mountains.


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I have traveled through the Rockies a few times. Any road is a good choice! #1 6 , Yellowhead, Edmonton, Jasper, 93 to Banff, #1 to Kamloops, Cashe Creek, 97 to intersection of 99 west, 99 will take you through some of the best motorcycle roads you will ever travel and will take you right to Vancouver via Whistler. BC has some fantastic roads all over. On your return, a trip through the northern USA would also be great. #20 east towards Winthrop is a wonderful ride.

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I have traveled through the Rockies a few times. Any road is a good choice! #1 6 , Yellowhead, Edmonton, Jasper, 93 to Banff, #1 to Kamloops, Cashe Creek, 97 to intersection of 99 west, 99 will take you through some of the best motorcycle roads you will ever travel and will take you right to Vancouver via Whistler. BC has some fantastic roads all over. On your return, a trip through the northern USA would also be great. #20 east towards Winthrop is a wonderful ride.

This say's it all...enjoy. Also use Google Earth, it's your friend to see what roads that you might want to travel look like.

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+1 on Route 20 through North Cascades NP

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You are going to have a great trip. I live in Calgary and have been on most of the roads mentioned, though not all on my bike. You will be pretty tired of straight flat roads by the time you reach the foothills. Jasper-Banff route is great, and most of the interior of BC has some great riding. On the Island, Victoria to Tofino, and the smaller islands like Gabriola and Quadra are fantastic and fun.

Maybe goes without saying, but watch for wildlife, particularly at dusk. The deer are cute and deadly.

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Just remember to bring a squeegee... You will get rained on at some point in the afternoon mountains. Everyplace is beautiful. Just take your time and enjoy.

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Re: Crossing the Rockies

Thanks for all the info. I was stationed in Edmonton while I was in the Air Force. Always wanted to see the Rockies on a M/C but my family was young and I didn't get the opportunity so I put it on my bucket list of things to do.

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