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post #1 of 8 Old 06-04-2007, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Arrow Stromette's got a few BC questions, needs Prince Geo help...

Preparing for an 11k+ mile BC-AK journey for July-Aug and looking for a bit of help in Prince George... I need to change oil while on the way up to AK, then have someone receive a package for me that I can pick up on the way back through (around Aug 10). Any Stromtrooper help or leads identifying someone who could help would be most appreciated. You may email me directly at AGirl at Seize The Journey dot com as going the PM route is iffy.

My entire route is: HERE and I've got a few random questions relating to BC...
*Weather - I've got such mixed info on the weather I'm really not sure what to believe. What I'd like to know specifically is where along my route will it be hot in July, as in 30C or more? (around 90F) I talked to someone at a campground outside Whistler BC today and they said it would be at least that hot there then... yikes. I will ride as hard as I need to in order to get to cooler temps. Where will that be or will I go in and out of heat zones as I pass through varying terrain?

*How many days should I schedule from Prince Rupert to Calgary where I'm picking up my Dad? (On the map from the link above it's #14 to #15)

*Bugs... is there an area where they are worse or become worse? Anything the locals use that I should have too?

*If something is listed in the Milepost can I assume with no uncertainty that it does indeed exist or do they have places listed that are no longer in business?


I'm sure as this planning progresses, so will my questions. Thanks in advance for any help.


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Agirl, Prince Rupert to Calgary is a fair jaunt. I would suggest 2 days from PR to Jasper Nat'l Park. Day #3. From there the route is easy and just a sight for sore eyes. That would be a nice easy ride with mostly decent pavement. Be forewarned in the national parks, cagers of all sizes will jump on the binders anywhere and leap out in front of you to take a pic of wild life. Watch for bears, mntn sheep/goats, elk, deer, antelope, coyotes, and my fav........wolves. Oh, and moose too. Most of these critters will show up anywhere but they seem to know they are protected in parks and behave accordingly.
Temps for August could be a mixed bag but I would think warm and warmer. Rain gear might be a + too.
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after living in prince george for 5 years, just a small warning ,crime in B.C. is not bad at all,,but prince is an exception ,if you stay in a motel , stay west of the main hiway heading north,although remote ,the city has a getto and is a place i plan never too return too, its not that bad , just a warning too keep your wits about you when there, there is alot of crack victims there [un fortunately native indians], i suggest doing what you need too do there and moveing on,you cant even leave a garden hose or ,extention cord out over nite or it will be gone by morning

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My entire route is: HERE and I've got a few random questions relating to BC...
*Weather - I've got such mixed info on the weather I'm really not sure what to believe. What I'd like to know specifically is where along my route will it be hot in July, as in 30C or more? (around 90F) I talked to someone at a campground outside Whistler BC today and they said it would be at least that hot there then... yikes. I will ride as hard as I need to in order to get to cooler temps. Where will that be or will I go in and out of heat zones as I pass through varying terrain?

*How many days should I schedule from Prince Rupert to Calgary where I'm picking up my Dad? (On the map from the link above it's #14 to #15)

*Bugs... is there an area where they are worse or become worse? Anything the locals use that I should have too?

*If something is listed in the Milepost can I assume with no uncertainty that it does indeed exist or do they have places listed that are no longer in business?


I'm sure as this planning progresses, so will my questions. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Coastal areas will be more moderate in temp (20s), while you can count on the Okanagan being hot (30s). Take altitude into account, too. It will be cooler the higher you climb. Through the Cariboo, you're a kilometre or more above sea level. That said, the temp really varies by weather system here. If it's sunny it'll be hot. On the other hand, if a cold front comes in, you could be in the teens. You could even encounter frost overnight, though that's unlikely.

Three days should be sufficient for Prince Rupert to Calgary, if you just want to get there. It'll be a long ride, though. Stay off the road at dawn and dusk - lots of big furry things to hit.

The bugs (mosquitos, black flies, horse flies) can be bad anywhere outside of Vancouver, but they're weather dependent too. Anything with lots of DEET works well. Try Muskol. Stinky but effective.

Signage around here is excellent. I've never had a problem anywhere in BC.

Any other questions, I'd be glad to help.

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Ah yes, PG. PG has always been a tough town. I have a friend who lived there in the early sixties when there were still board sidewalks and dirt streets and there was a curfew. When I arrived there in May of ' 73 the first thing I witnessed was a knief fight in a hotel parking lot. A lot has changed over the years, obviously, but I'd observe the same caution you'd use in any city in North America. I'd have to say two to three days From Rupert to Calgary. The weather in the interior of BC is fickel and changeable and I'd be prepared for everything, hot/wet/cold. Even in the summer I never took a trip of any consequence without thermals and raingear, but you're an experienced rider and know all this already, right? There is, or was as far as I know not having lived there since 1978, no gas between PG and McBride so top up in Prince. It is a beautiful ride though and you'll pass right by Mt. Robson, highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. You can count on seeing lots of wildlife and many tourists in RV's the closer you get to Jasper and Banff. British Columbia is motorcycle Heaven and I regret ever having left there but , hey, stuff happens. If you're ever back in western NY, I live in Olean where my wife has her chiropractic office. Have a great trip and take lots of pictures. [email protected]
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Ah yes, PG. PG has always been a tough town. I have a friend who lived there in the early sixties when there were still board sidewalks and dirt streets and there was a curfew. When I arrived there in May of ' 73 the first thing I witnessed was a knief fight in a hotel parking lot. A lot has changed over the years, obviously, but I'd observe the same caution you'd use in any city in North America. I'd have to say two to three days From Rupert to Calgary. The weather in the interior of BC is fickel and changeable and I'd be prepared for everything, hot/wet/cold. Even in the summer I never took a trip of any consequence without thermals and raingear, but you're an experienced rider and know all this already, right? There is, or was as far as I know not having lived there since 1978, no gas between PG and McBride so top up in Prince. It is a beautiful ride though and you'll pass right by Mt. Robson, highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. You can count on seeing lots of wildlife and many tourists in RV's the closer you get to Jasper and Banff. British Columbia is motorcycle Heaven and I regret ever having left there but , hey, stuff happens. If you're ever back in western NY, I live in Olean where my wife has her chiropractic office. Have a great trip and take lots of pictures. [email protected]ahoo.com
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Ah yes, PG. PG has always been a tough town. I have a friend who lived there in the early sixties when there were still board sidewalks and dirt streets and there was a curfew. When I arrived there in May of ' 73 the first thing I witnessed was a knief fight in a hotel parking lot. A lot has changed over the years, obviously, but I'd observe the same caution you'd use in any city in North America. I'd have to say two to three days From Rupert to Calgary. The weather in the interior of BC is fickel and changeable and I'd be prepared for everything, hot/wet/cold. Even in the summer I never took a trip of any consequence without thermals and raingear, but you're an experienced rider and know all this already, right? There is, or was as far as I know not having lived there since 1978, no gas between PG and McBride so top up in Prince. It is a beautiful ride though and you'll pass right by Mt. Robson, highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. You can count on seeing lots of wildlife and many tourists in RV's the closer you get to Jasper and Banff. British Columbia is motorcycle Heaven and I regret ever having left there but , hey, stuff happens. If you're ever back in western NY, I live in Olean where my wife has her chiropractic office. Have a great trip and take lots of pictures. [email protected]
yes my honda xrl 650 could just make pg too mcbride ,thats with a clarke after market tank that holds 16 litres ,and thats with lying the bike on its side too get whats left in the none petcock wing of the tank over too the other side , one of the most bizzare things i have ever seen was mc bride days , they had the strongest man in town competition ,where they hook up too a huge log [like a horse] and drag it down the road ,and all the towns folk clap ,and so do there multiple wives , seems like one wife aint enough in that part of the world

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Hey! I remember that. When I worked for Koop's Bike Shop in PG we had a customer from McBride who told me he and some of his buddies ordered mailorder brides from Chicago or someplace. He and his pals were mostly expat Yanks, draft dodgers and the like. There's a lot of strange counter culture folk living in the hills out McBride way. Some of them grow really excellent pot if I recollect correctly. These are memories from the early 70's so I could be mistaken (Haven't had an acid flashback since ' 78).
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