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post #1 of 9 Old May 28th, 2007, 4:23 pm Thread Starter
 
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Ottawa to Idaho

I'm heading out 2-up at the end of June to make it to Idaho from Ottawa in four and a half days. I've done much of the route before, but thought I'd ask for thoughts as to best roads (I want to avoid 4 lane highways), good places to camp/eat/etc.

Any ideas? Are my friends right in claiming I'm crazy?

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post #2 of 9 Old May 28th, 2007, 7:42 pm
 
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Where are you going in Idaho youdaho...go in thru the Tetons across the interstate to the Stanley area and any direction from there you have lots of good riding on 2 lane twisties....
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post #3 of 9 Old May 29th, 2007, 8:20 am Thread Starter
 
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I'm actually headed to Stanley to paddle on the Middle Fork Salmon river for a week before turning around and heading home.
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post #4 of 9 Old May 29th, 2007, 10:35 am
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I would take Canada 1 all the way - nice road, nice country, better prices. If you do this route, try and hit it at Medicine Hat - the crossing in the West is still more civilized than in the East.

So, depending on where you are in Idaho - that's Sandpoint north to C3, then East to Medicine Hat, or East/Northeast to Shelby, MT, then North to the C3.

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post #5 of 9 Old May 29th, 2007, 11:12 am
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Wow, do I envy you. +1 on the Canada route (except do it east to west ). The problem will be travel time. Looks like you will have to average over 550 miles on the first 4 days on the most direct route (from Sault Ste. Marie, US 28 -> 2-> 210->10->I94->I90-> I15->43->93->75), and the Canada route will add quite a bit to that. If you do go the Canada route and have the time, I would suggest C2 south out of Fort Macleod to Babb, Montana, and then thru the Glacier National Park on the Going to the Sun Highway until you hit US93 south to US75. Otherwise you can make good mileage on the US Interstates (higher speed limit than Canada) and catch the breathtaking scenery and roads in the last part of your trip. Good luck and ride safe.

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I'm in Calgary, have ridden to Michigan and ONtario a few times. SOme thoughts:

1) I really like the route around the North part of Lake Superior if you haven't done it. But, it is longer.

2) I prefer to take route 20 across the NOrth part of the U.S. Nice small road, not lots of traffic, small towns every once in awhile, easy riding.

3) If you do the U.S. route, you can either head across the U.P. of Michigan or down south of Lake Michigan.

4) If you can, go through Sturgess, the BLack HIlls, Devils mountain, Mt. Rushmore. AS LONG AS it isn't Sturgess week.

5) Head up through Billings Montana BUT, make sure you stop by the Custer Memorial enroute if you are ANY kind of history buff.

6) As someone else mentioned "go to the sun". (The "going to the sun road" in Glacier National Park).

7) The Salmon vally in idaho is gorgeous, get as much travel along this road as you can. I've been on it 2 or 3 times and I'd recommend it to anyone. Nice pavement, curves (not a ton but some nice ones), all along the Salmon river in a nice vally. Watch out for cows and wildlife on the road (especially the black cows at night).

8) Gas and rooms are less expensive in the U.S.

9) If you get caught speeding in the U.S. it won't hit your license for points (of course that's generally true of getting caught in any province other than your own). I also fine the U.S. police easier on me if I am going a tad fast than the Canadian ones. I always use a radar detector.
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post #7 of 9 Old May 29th, 2007, 5:21 pm
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Just made a big chunk of this trip two weeks ago. Your trip through Wyoming is dead on. The rest can be messed with a bit though. I assume you are going out and back so take the south route out and the US 20/Canada northern route back but go throught Glacier as I didn't get to this time.
4 and a half days 2 up? Your passenger is a trooper. I'm thinking you are looking at 23-2500 miles?

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post #8 of 9 Old May 30th, 2007, 9:39 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the tips on what to see/where to go ... turns out I've done most of them on past trips (Glacier NP, Devil's Tower, North of Superior, sweeping roads following the Salmon river, etc. ) but it's good to have others' perspectives.

Yup - it looks like around 2400 miles in 4.5 days. Not Iron-Butt but no walk in the park either. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the weather.
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post #9 of 9 Old May 30th, 2007, 12:46 pm
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And we want pics of the river run! What tire pressure are you going to use to keep the bike from sinking? Remember, in the rapids you have to countersteer.

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