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    Refugio State Beach was my favorite stop on the...

    Refugio State Beach was my favorite stop on the whole Pacific Coast. Beautiful site right on the beach. My least favorite was Manchester State Park. If I was going to do the trip again I would...
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    I have a more recent Trek 520, about 2005 I think...

    I have a more recent Trek 520, about 2005 I think but I don't think the specs were different for tires. I have only toured with either 700 x 35 or 700 x 37. I would not try anything larger. Using ...
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    Just had a chance to drive part of this route. I...

    Just had a chance to drive part of this route. I was particularly interested in the end of the route near Langley. Specifically I wanted to check out the possibility of connecting to the Golden...
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    How did you manage to get off the SFPR and onto...

    How did you manage to get off the SFPR and onto 96th? I drove along the road on the weekend and could not see any cycling signs indicating how to get further east from where the highway begins to...
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    South Fraser Perimeter Road

    Has anyone used this new route to connect between the ferry terminal and the Golden Ears Bridge? If so how was it to ride? I have driven along it, and it appears to have a decent shoulder, and lots...
  6. Thread: Mission Bridge

    by Norsman
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    Hi Northwestrider, You have chosen to do what I...

    Hi Northwestrider,
    You have chosen to do what I would call a very difficult route in southern BC. The road on the west side of Lake Harrison is all dirt, quite rough and I would guess not...
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    Wasaga Beach to Waterfront Trail

    What is the best bike route from Wasaga Beach to the Waterfront Trail east of Toronto?
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    Best Route across the Prairies

    I have been asked for the best route across the prairies. Assuming the route through BC is Highway 3, what route would you choose? When I did my cross Canada ride in 2012 I went Hwy 3 through Alberta...
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    Approximately the first 13km are paved. So about...

    Approximately the first 13km are paved. So about a quarter or the whole trail. I was on it last summer with a touring bike and I can't remember any section up to where I left it at Sooke that would...
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    Thanks for all the info. I have looked at...

    Thanks for all the info. I have looked at ridewithgps and it seems quite good. However it was not obvious to me how I would load the maps and elevation profiles onto my journal on the CGOAB site....
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    Problems with BikeRouteToaster

    I have used BikeRouteToaster to help plan all my recent tours but now can't get it to show any map. Any suggestions? I think it might be related to recently updating my Mac to OS 10.9. Of course it...
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    1. The Lochside trail (here coupled with the...

    1. The Lochside trail (here coupled with the Galloping Goose Trail) begins on the west side of the Johnson Street Bridge in downtown Victoria. Check out day one of my Cross Canada blog to see the...
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    I think your route through BC has some potential...

    I think your route through BC has some potential problems. I have done a cross Canada ride and several rides throughout southern BC. I have also spent a great deal of time developing a route from...
  14. Thread: Coquihalla Hwy

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    I agree with RickL about the route from Kamloops...

    I agree with RickL about the route from Kamloops to Hope. If you decide to take the "Coq" (not my first choice) this is the best approach.. I also agree with Big Lew that there is now much more...
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    Rohloff hub on Trek 520

    I want to put a Rohloff hub on my Trek 520. Does anyone know of a LBS in the greater Vancouver area that can do this work?
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    I bought my Trek 520 in 2005 and made some...

    I bought my Trek 520 in 2005 and made some changes before it ever left the bike shop. First and most importantly I switched out the Trek standard crankset. I can't remember the exact set-up but it...
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    When I rode the Parkway two years ago I arrived...

    When I rode the Parkway two years ago I arrived at Lake Louise to find the campground full. I asked if I could check to see if anyone would share a site with me. They not only let me in but...
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    I forgot to mention there are decent routes...

    I forgot to mention there are decent routes through Nanaimo on bike paths and/or quieter roads. Check the attached pdf http://www.biketowork.ca/files/Brochure_and_map2009_1.pdf

    Personally, if I...
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    If your loop begins and ends in Vancouver I would...

    If your loop begins and ends in Vancouver I would not include Seattle in your ride. Vancouver is an easier city to ride in. You could easily follow the ACA Pacific Coast route from Vancouver south....
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    So, if you are cycling up the road, where do you...

    So, if you are cycling up the road, where do you store your food if not in your panniers?
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    Doing this ride in two days is not leisurely. I...

    Doing this ride in two days is not leisurely. I would take at least three and get off the main highway as much as possible. The ride up the Malahat is fairly busy and not easy but the view from the...
  22. Thread: Solo or not?

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    Poll: I too voted for solo. But I think you might be...

    I too voted for solo. But I think you might be able to combine the two. On the route you plan to take I think you will find plenty of other riders who you could join for a few days or longer and then...
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    The ride between Jasper and Lake Louise is...

    The ride between Jasper and Lake Louise is spectacular. I did it two years ago during a rainy period and still got fabulous pictures. It is not an easy ride and the repeated cracks in the payment on...
  24. But, if you cycle towards Kamloops, you are also...

    But, if you cycle towards Kamloops, you are also likely to get a nice tail wind. I have cycled twice in the opposite direction and faced a fairly strong headwind both times.
  25. The scenery is still spectacular until well after...

    The scenery is still spectacular until well after Boston Bar. Up to Lytton you are still cycling above the Fraser River with many great views. After Lytton the surrounding areas are much more arid...
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