Thanks to all who posted photos on the AONB thread. That Icefield Highway looks good to me. I'm wondering how to arrange a tour on it. I have a few questions.
Services and camping? Good, possible, take lots of food and water, etc?
North to south or the reverse?
What is the best part of it?
I see that Lake Louise to Jasper is about 142 miles, so either an out and back or a loop. One could make a loop from Lake Louise of about 410 miles using 11 and 735. Is that a good idea? Roads on the west side better? 300-400 miles is about what we'd like.
South of Lake Louise it becomes Hwy 1, which I've been told is not good for cycling. I see that it is paralleled by the Bow Valley Parkway for a distance. Is that a good/better choice?
I wonder about bus service. We'll drive to the tour start. Perhaps it would be possible to leave one's car at one point, ride to a second point, leave the bike at a hotel and take a bus back to the car, then retrieve the bike. We'll be on our tandem, so probably not possible to take that on a bus unboxed?
Riders on this year's Rocky Mountain 1200 reported large trucks heading for the tar sands at speeds way over the speed limit and giving no room to cyclists, but I don't remember which roads they were on. Map of the 1200 here: