Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Alberta, Canada
Bikes: Jamis Ventura Sport 2011
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Start date from western Canada?
So, I'm planning on touring across Canada this upcoming summer. I live in Calgary, so I'm planning on taking a bus to Vancouver, staying with family there for a day or two, and then heading east until I reach the opposite coast. I've got most of what I need now (we'll see if Santa brings the GPS unit and/or camera I asked for), but what I can't settle down on is a date to actually start the tour.
Since I have no reason not to stay on the bike as long as I want and I honestly have no idea how my miles per day will average out - I've only done a few weekend tours so far - I haven't given myself a deadline. Basically I'd like to finish before I get snowed on. Also, I intend to stop at any roadside attractions that catch my eye. Hot springs, go kart tracks, bungee jumping.......okay, maybe not bungee jumping. But I'll almost definitely be dawdling, well, moreso than traveling by bicycle normally is, anyway.
My question, then, is this: What's the earliest possible date I could start from Vancouver, bearing in mind I'm going to be alone, unsupported, and camping 5-6 nights a week. I want to have as much time as possible.