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post #1 of 15 Old 08-20-2006, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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First LD Ride For Me.

Well I'm off Monday morn for my first long distance ride( for me anyway ). Will visit Kamloopsal( Kamloops, where else ) and then to meet up with Nite_Wolf in Canmore. Looking forward to hitting the road with just the Wee and my thoughts. Have never been on these roads with a bike before so it will also be a learning experience all the way. Also looking forward to meeting fellow Stromers whose knowledge and experience has been a great benefit to this old retired guy.
Thinking of the Banff/Jasper parkway, it is a great scenic drive. Might wind up in Edmonton to visit old friends and co-workers still in harness. Feeling a little apprehensive as a first timer but willing to go the distance.

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-20-2006, 08:38 PM
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The apprehension will wash away after the first hour on the road.

Have a great trip (and be sure to scope out some good roads for me to take from Calgary to Vancouver).

Don't worry, be happy.

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-21-2006, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Sure thing Heavy. Can think of a few rides here but you might have to live here or take a leave of absence from work. If you have the time, turn North at Banff and ride to Jasper. Turn West on the Yellow Head #16. After 75 KMs turn South on #5 to Blue River, Clearwater and Little Fort. West at Little Fort on #24 to the Cariboo Highway. South bound for approx 95 KMs. and hang a right onto #99(Sea To Sky Highway). It is all ashphalt and smooth enough for a loaded bike. Hmmmmm, maybe I will do that myself. Been there done that in my cage. Will see what happens after Canmore. Type you much later.

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post #4 of 15 Old 08-22-2006, 04:46 AM
 
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Re: First LD Ride For Me.

ww, so glad to hear you are hitting the road! Since you're putting in more miles now wanna meet me in Blaine, WA in a few wks? :wink:

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-22-2006, 12:11 PM
 
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I sure hope you intend to go to Kamploops via Pemberton/Lillooet!
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post #6 of 15 Old 08-22-2006, 01:02 PM
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I rode the Pemberton/Lillooet road last Wednesday and the road is in terrible shape. The asphalt has disintegrated in numerous places (to the point that the edge of the road is just right of centre). There are potholes and gravel (chucks of asphalt) everywhere. I rode 5400Km on that trip (a lot if it on B class highways) and this was definitely the worst section of road by far, to the point that I did not enjoy riding it. If the road was in better condition it would be a great ride as it was I felt that I was just trying not to drop the bike the majority of the time. Also if you are planning on going thru Whistler to Van then leave lots of time since this whole section of road is a construction zone. (twining for the Winter Olympics)

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-22-2006, 10:21 PM
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Re: First LD Ride For Me.

You have my phone # right??? Any idea what day you'll be in the Canmore area?? I'm typically getting into the area a little after 6:00 since I'm commuting from Calgary. It's a little over 110km door to door and typically takes me aprox 1 hr 20 mins on the way home.

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Well I'm off Monday morn for my first long distance ride( for me anyway ). Will visit Kamloopsal( Kamloops, where else ) and then to meet up with Nite_Wolf in Canmore. Looking forward to hitting the road with just the Wee and my thoughts. Have never been on these roads with a bike before so it will also be a learning experience all the way. Also looking forward to meeting fellow Stromers whose knowledge and experience has been a great benefit to this old retired guy.
Thinking of the Banff/Jasper parkway, it is a great scenic drive. Might wind up in Edmonton to visit old friends and co-workers still in harness. Feeling a little apprehensive as a first timer but willing to go the distance.

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-23-2006, 03:52 AM
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Well, he made it to Kamloops!
I had coffee with him this morning. He's planning to leave for Canmore tomorrow (Wed).
Yes, he came via Pemberton, Lillooet, Crash Creek - said the road was fine (for a Strom) - which is what I thought last month. It's a little narrow, rough and gravely in parts
- sure slows down the Albertan 'hard shoulder drivers' :lol:

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-23-2006, 11:56 AM
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I know I was having a "bad" day when I rode this section and nearly losing the back end in the first 20KM of that days ride probably did not help. It could the fact that I have only been riding for 4 months but I think the really negative felling about this section was caused by the fact that I had ridden such great roads thru BC up until that point.

Glad to hear that WW made it to Kamloops, and am sure that he is having an amazing ride, I know I sure did as the roads in BC are amazing.

I am heading back to Balfour area for the labor day weekend so I am going to practice cornering. There has to be a couple of off ramps around Calgary that I will have to lean the bike to turn :wink:

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-23-2006, 02:03 PM
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Sorry Graeme, I couldn't resist BC'ers favourite pastime - 'Alberta knocking'.
The Balfour area is fantastic riding country. You will return a 'hardened veteran' of the twisties and a BC wanabee. :wink:

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