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My first tour: Going across Canada (with a detour to the arctic)

Old 10-14-13, 11:12 PM
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My first tour: Going across Canada (with a detour to the arctic)

I recently completed my first tour (aside from 2x 3-4 day practice runs in the summer) from Vancouver, BC to Inuvik, NWT and then back all the way to Ontario. The original plan was to go back to ontario, but the some of the cyclists I met on the way convinced me to go up North.
The highlight of my trip was the Dempster Highway - where I spent 6 days, unprepared in unforgiving weather, but had the time of my life.

I did 6400km over 42 days (35 riding days, 1 rest day, 4 days of hitchhiking and 2 days for the bus ride from Thunderbay, ON to Toronto.)
It is by far the best adventure of my life and I am looking forward to doing more!

I put together a summary at: http://iohangue.wordpress.com/
day-by-day at: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/CAN2013

and a music video covering the whole trip (with some pictures) at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCN_vU2kFXc
or vimeo (if youtube doesnt play at some contries):
https://vimeo.com/76927235
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Old 10-15-13, 01:00 PM
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Awesome! Thank you for sharing. I loved the video. Did you use a helmut cam? What kind of camera? How did you splice all the clips together? Exactly what I want to do with my tour next year.
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Originally Posted by LuckySailor View Post
Awesome! Thank you for sharing. I loved the video. Did you use a helmut cam? What kind of camera? How did you splice all the clips together? Exactly what I want to do with my tour next year.
I was actually holding my camera while biking for all the clips (not as fun when the road was very rough, and I couldn't go over 50km/h in fear that I may fall)
the camera is canon power shot S31S (its mostly for photos, but I shot some videos anyway)

the clips were put together with sony vegas, but I am sure you can do it with windows movie maker too (I wasn't using any of the fancy editing features anyway)

When I do it again, I definitely want to have more shots of animals/scenery, etc. and not just riding (and hopefully with a goPRO)
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WOW! Amazing adventure! High kms/day, too.
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Yeah, you're hooked. Addicted to touring. Great job with the vid. Shows conditions that route offers. Looked recumbent doable for even an old man. Not likely, but never say never.
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
Yeah, you're hooked. Addicted to touring. Great job with the vid. Shows conditions that route offers. Looked recumbent doable for even an old man. Not likely, but never say never.
Its definitely doable and worth it, I have met people who have done it anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 days.
A man with his 13 year old kid did it (see pics from video or Day 14 in yukon)

17 and 15 year old girls also did it (6days from whitehorse to McPherson):
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...hway-1.1185890
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cured me of any thought of the dempster
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Originally Posted by digibud View Post
cured me of any thought of the dempster
you should do it, that and the Cassiar (#37 in BC) were the best parts of my trip.
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I road from my home (Fairbanks) to Eagle, then took a ferry to Dawson, then down and back home. I did this some years ago. I doubt I'll head back up to the Dempster. It's the road itself that made it look so nasty. Sometimes those things are great in retrospect but sheesh....that looked like a tough, dirty road. Thanks for the pics. We're waiting on snow any day now.
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