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    Kansas to Prince Rupert, BC, Canada or Bust!

    The night before has finally come!

    I want to thank all of you here on the forum for your time in sharing advice, routes, places to stay, offers of help, contact information, and everything else you have done to help me be as prepared as possible.

    I will roll out of Wichita around 1:00 pm tomorrow to embark on the 8,000+ mile solo journey.

    The trip will not be perfect. Problems such as weather, moto issues, strangers, wildlife, etc., may find me.

    But I'm not doing this trip for the perfect.

    I'm doing it for the experience.

    For that is what makes a true adventure.

    My adventurous heart is soon to be at home!

    I'll post updates here as I can and when I return I'll try my best to provide a super ride report!


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    For me and sure for some others on here, we are envious of your adventure. Sounds like an incredibly fun experience. I have put doing something like this on my bucket list. Just me, the bike and the road.

    Stay safe, enjoy your trip and keep us updated.

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    Have fun Anne Marie. I'm with Gigem, so envious. Ride safe!

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    I have cold beer (or room temp wine) of your choice waiting for you Anne Marie.....you just have to come to SF to get it!

    I wish you a great, fun-filled, adventurous ride! I'm sure you will be fine, but if you do run into trouble, don't hesitate to reach out to the Viffer family for help. Hell, even that caveman that calls himself Randy can be used in a pinch, but don't pinch him....as he still has his caveman rituals and may consider that as your hand in marriage. Scary, I know!

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    Sounds like a fun ride. I'm in Lawrence and I got a 95 Viffer. Got to leave this state to find the twisties!

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    Another jealous person here! C-u- Later!

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    Ride safe girl. See you on this west coast soon. Derstuka did pinch my ass you know. His GF found out and threw me outta their condo in San Clemente a few years back.
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    Good luck, have fun, and ride safe.

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    Great day to go to Canada!!

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    Crap! 9333 miles on the odo. Crap! I passed that mark long ago. Twice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anne.marie View Post
    Great day to go to Canada!!

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    Looking good girl, looking good!

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    May the riding gods look out for you. ;) that, and have make sure to have a lot of FUN!!! By the looks of it you're going too, here's a prayer for decent weather.
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    You are on the road by now, have a safe trip and watch the holiday drivers, they are worse than the Sunday drivers. Ah, to be young again.

    Some day I will take my journey too. If you can find a older book called "Blue Highways" by Least Heat Moon, it is a great read about taking all the "Blue" roads on the maps, he did on four wheels but really fun to read.


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    Canada can't wait to have you! Beware of those Westerners though, Bad Actors out there. (Anywhere West of Ontario...) Great looking outfit, Anne Marie. Have fun!

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    I'll let you all know once she gets here to me and post some photos and stuff.

    I plan on taking her for a loop around the Whiteshell Provincial Park before she heads out West the next day.

    If anyone else has the privilege of meeting up with her, be sure to do the same we can help track her progress and make sure we're here if she needs a hand along the way! :)

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    Huge effort Anne Marie take it easy and looks like everybody will be on the lookout for you, take care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allyance View Post
    Ah, to be young again.

    Some day I will take my journey too. .
    The beauty of doing this at our age, is two fold. Our other aches pains and complaints over shadow the bike pains. And what it doesn't, we have a bag of pills we carry for that.

    Looking forward to your arrival here on the Best Coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 34468 Randy View Post
    Crap! 9333 miles on the odo. Crap! I passed that mark long ago. Twice!
    That was almost the last trip I think. What are ya at now Randy, 150,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom-zoom View Post
    That was almost the last trip I think. What are ya at now Randy, 150,000
    Not quite. I seem to be having a hard time crashing through the 197,000 km mark. Not riding near as much as I used to. Presently at 196,984 km (123,104 miles). I am sure I will cross the 200K km mark this summer though.
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    A.M. Going to Glacier National Park, are you taking the Coquehalla, Trans Canada or the Crows Nest (hwys 5,1 or 3). I might join you for a half day's ride when you head out. Hwy 1 is a canyon from just east of Chilliwack all the way through to Kamloops. Hwy 5 is by far the fastest. It is freeway and speed limit is 120 kmh there from Hope to Kamloops. But not really adventurous. Hwy #3 is a fairly curvy road but easily the longest. From the #3, when you get to Creston, you would head north from there to get to Glacier National Park via Revelstoke. But that will add at least a full day's travel time to your trip. Or is there another location called Glacier you were referring to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 34468 Randy View Post
    A.M. Going to Glacier National Park, are you taking the Coquehalla, Trans Canada or the Crows Nest (hwys 5,1 or 3). I might join you for a half day's ride when you head out. Hwy 1 is a canyon from just east of Chilliwack all the way through to Kamloops. Hwy 5 is by far the fastest. It is freeway and speed limit is 120 kmh there from Hope to Kamloops. But not really adventurous. Hwy #3 is a fairly curvy road but easily the longest. From the #3, when you get to Creston, you would head north from there to get to Glacier National Park via Revelstoke. But that will add at least a full day's travel time to your trip. Or is there another location called Glacier you were referring to?
    Hmm great questions, I haven't decided a specific route there. Was thinking of Glacier Park that extends into Montana. I'm for suggestions. :)

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    I thought she was taking the Yellow Head all the way up and then through Jasper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff_Barrett View Post
    I thought she was taking the Yellow Head all the way up and then through Jasper?
    I think she is but coming down through Whistler to Vancouver and back east from there. Prince Rupert is the end of the Yellowhead. SO she will either have to back track a bit, or take the Ferry from PR down to Port Hardy on the north end of VanIsle and ferry again back to the mainland which is expensive.

    The more probably route would be to back track on the Yellowhead Hwy16 from Rupert to Prince George, then down the 97 south. Lost of cool communities on the 97. Then just before Cache Creek, head west on the 99, (the infamous Duffy Lake Road). by Mount Currie and though Pemberton and on through Whistler, Squamish and down to Vancouver. There is a campground near the hwy in Whistler but I suspect it is kinda expensive being a big resort and all. I know there is camping readily available in Squamish as I have camped there myself at I think it was the Klahanie Campground. That is less than a mile away from the new Sea to Sky Gondola which is supposed to take you up for magnificent views of Howe Sound.

    Google Maps, Satellite view, is your friend when mapping out a course through BC.
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    Yah, I was on there earlier checking it out ... getting excited for my own trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anne.marie View Post
    Hmm great questions, I haven't decided a specific route there. Was thinking of Glacier Park that extends into Montana. I'm for suggestions. :)

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    Our Glacier National Park is a long way from Montana's. Looking at Google Maps, seems Hwy 3 is your best bet if you stay in Canada. There is riding that is absolutely grand in Northern Washington and Idaho.

    If, after staying at my place, you double back to Abbotsford which is just 20 minutes west of me and right on the US/Canad border, then get down to Washington State 20 at Sedro Woolley, that is some great biking roads. Just be aware though, you do get up high in altitude and it can still be cool up there in the North Cascades. A popular place to stop for lunch is in Winthrop. That is an electrifying place from my experience. I got up close and personal to some lightning there back in 2006. But the town has an old western theme to it.

    After you get to Okanogan Washington, you would head north on 97 and catch Hwy 20 again at Tonasket. Follow 20 through Kettle Falls and on into Northern Idaho. Washington 20 becomes Idaho 2. I have never gone east on Idaho 2 past 41 so anyone's guess is as good as mine that way. But it does look like some really nice riding roads.

    WARNING Stick strictly to the speed limit going thought Concrete Washington. The town cop there is a fucking idiot. I haven't dealt with him myself but have heard just sooooo many stories about this wedge, man's simplest tool.

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