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post #1 of 13 Old 06-27-2008, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys,

I find myself in the lucky situation of having 3 weeks to take a trip on my Strom. I live in Ontario, Canada. I need to start and finish at home and would like to, at some point along the way, visit my brother in Victoria, British Columbia. I also need to visit friends in Ludington, Michigan, other than that, I'm looking for suggestions.

I have done a very quick, concept route, and would be interested in any input for must see places and must ride roads.

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-28-2008, 12:05 AM
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My suggestion would be to nix the I-5 portion of the route and take the 101 all the way up the coast through Washington around the Olympic peninsula. Gorgeous ride. Then hop the ferry out of Port Angeles if you want to hit Victoria to see your brother.

Looks like an awesome trip Heavy, I'm jealous.

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You might as well take Queen's Highway one from Calgary to Queen's Highway 17 outside Winnipeg, through to Sault Ste Marie, across the Mackinaw bridge on I-75, then over to Ludington and then head home.

Crossing the plains of Montana, North Dakota, and Chicago is not much fun at all. I'd recommend skipping them completely if you can.

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get to Wyoming

Along the way you will enjoy "Going to the Sun" road in Glacier National Park; it's on your route ... good choice.
I've driven ( a car ) through the Powder River Pass & SE through Thermopolis, S through the Wind River Canyon. I'm jealous .... want me to come along as a guide? The Bear Tooth Pass was closed but I' suggest you fit it into your route. I've stayed in Driggs Idaho and driven SE to Jackson Hole ( Teton Mountains) and N to Yellowstone. Wyo is so full of awesome topography that must be seen that you don't really need to ride anywhere else. Whatever your route cross the continental divide as often as you can. I've got tons of great memories; come for a visit and I can bore you with over 400 pictures.
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Tige makes a good point about Chicago, if you've already been through those parts going out why not zip across the upper peninsula of Mi, cross the Macinac and head down to Ludington that way? A lot mellower ride than through the Chicago corridor.

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I was actually thinking of taking the ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc. I've ridden the Trans Canada from Regina to Medicine Hat and, I'm thinking, if I stay further South, I don't have as much of the Praries to ride. The flat land is just too boring for me.

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Tige makes a good point about Chicago, if you've already been through those parts going out why not zip across the upper peninsula of Mi, cross the Macinac and head down to Ludington that way? A lot mellower ride than through the Chicago corridor.

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... want me to come along as a guide?...
If you've got the time, I've got the GPS.

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About 2 weeks. (?)

I am just getting things organized so its all still pretty loose.

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I was just in northern California last month. It's outstanding....Look for highway 36 and especially 96 just north of Eureka. It's 190 miles of twisties, so much so that we were hoping for a straightaway to rest for a bit. The east-west roads crossing the mountain ranges are the place to be.
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