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    going west from saskatchewan, then down to cali

    any reccomendations in terms of riding from mid canada west to victoria? or info on american coastal riding routes (hwy101?). suggestions, links, information of any sort is really appreciated. it is a long tour, so regard in terms of pleasurable atmosphere. as well we will be tenting mostly.

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    oh and peter, i just finished a set of oak fenders made from 80 or so year old floor boards. the steaming worked out great, i will post pictures soon.

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    From Saskatoon:

    You can head due west to Kerrobert, then to Red Deer and Saskatchewan Xing.
    Then take the Icefields Parkway north to Jasper and follow the Thompson River down to Kamloops.
    Depending on your time-frame and preferences you can either head south inland along Hwy 97
    Or head on towards Vancouver and hit the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands then south.

    The stretch between Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Xing is a nice, quiet alternative to Hwy 1 or Hwy 16.

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    Where in Saskatchewan are you starting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseph senger
    any reccomendations in terms of riding from mid canada west to victoria? or info on american coastal riding routes (hwy101?). suggestions, links, information of any sort is really appreciated. it is a long tour, so regard in terms of pleasurable atmosphere. as well we will be tenting mostly.

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    barrett

    oh and peter, i just finished a set of oak fenders made from 80 or so year old floor boards. the steaming worked out great, i will post pictures soon.
    When are you doing this trip? I may be doing this exact same trip in September. I would recommend Saskatoon to Lethbridge then follow the #3 to B.C. If you aren't set on going to Victoria or would like to skip some of the mountain passes of B.C., you could go through Northern Washington, over the cascades and to the coast. Very scenic, beautiful drive (haven't ridden on bike) through many types of areas. If you wanted to skip the Cascades altogether, you could keep going south from Central Washington and take the Yakima valley and Columbia River into Portland, Oregon. If you have you heart set on West Coast Canada, I would recommend the #3 over the trans-canada. Much more scenic but harder and higher passes.

    Let me know details of your trip, it might help me come September.
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    The stretch between Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Xing is a nice, quiet alternative to Hwy 1 or Hwy 16.
    The TCH (Highway 1) has got to be one of the worst choices for any ride through the mountains (or across the prairies for that matter). While parts of it are very scenic it is also extremely busy, narrow and dangerous. Parts of it may be unavoidable, depending on where you want to end up, but it is worthwhile to consider alternates.

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    I liked icefields parkway - yellowhead highway - (took a ride due to fires) - Hope - Twassen

    Kirkendall & Spring's "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" is the bible for canada-mexico on the coast.

    have fun!

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    For an analysis of the various alternatives in B.C., see Adam K.'s website.

    And from Vancouver (B.C.) south, you have two basic options:

    – Highway 99 south, which is a bit busy

    – The "water route", which could be more scenic through North Vancouver, ferry to Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Victoria, and then ferry to Port Angeles, U.S.A.
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    thanks for all the input

    first off, im in saskatoon,

    secondly, im leaving in about 3 weeks, (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH)

    and third, victoria is a definite stop.

    thanks for all the great input. the progress and description of the trip, can be had on www.easymagicmachine.50g.com

    thanks again
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    If you're coming west from Saskatoon, I would suggest heading for Red Deer, and then out Hwy 11 to Saskatchewan River Crossing. I'm in Red Deer and am quite familiar with the roads around here. I've also done a tour from Red Deer, out to Saskatchewan River Crossing, and south to Banff, and would recommend going that route.

    From Banff, my suggestion would be to head across to Radium on Hwy 93, then north to Golden, and from there you could take the TransCanada across. I'm suggesting that route to Golden because they are doing quite a bit of construction on the Highway between Lake Louise and Golden and it may not be the most pleasant cycling experience.

    Another option might be to head to Radium on Hwy 93, and then go south to Hwy 3 and across on Hwy 3. I've driven a little bit of Hwy 3, but haven't cycled it, however it looks interesting.

    The attached photos are a couple shots of the Hwy out to Saskatchewan River Crossing.
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    My advice is don't start in Canada, start in California. You will bike into some winds in California and Oregon, but they won't be as bad as the winds in Canada going East to West. I did it and will never do it again.

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