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Hey All.

I had my solo trip to Calgary and back and had a wonderful time. The bike was performed beautifully (as if anyone doubted it)!

I headed out on the #3 and stayed at motels in Midway and Cranbrook. In Alberta I took the #22 up to Black Diamond, zipped over to Bragg Creek and then into Calgary.

I stayed with my folks for 7 days and they were horrified that I would come such a long distance not only on a death machine but alone. I guess I should be extremely lucky that I'm not maimed or ravished. Hmm, let me rethink the ravished part......

The return trip was a lot of fun. The first day I headed over to Banff, dropped down to Radium Hot Springs and popped back up to Golden. The next day, I went to Revelstoke and again headed south to Nakusp and then over to Vernon. Wow - that #6 from Needles is FUN!

Then I took 97 to Kamloops, headed south to Merritt along the 5A. Popped over to the 97C and headed north again to Cache Creek. My last day, I took the Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler route home (of course stopping in Squamish for a coffee).

The only mishap was dropping my baby beast in the parking lot in Golden. Yes, I broke the signal light housing but the light still functions. It is now beautifully decorating with duct tape.

I want to thank everyone for the advise. It was nice knowing that I had comprehensive tool kit and it all fit under the seat!

I definitely will do this again next year!!

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Congratulations on the trip. Pretty intoxicating to know you are going to ride every day and put in some good miles on good roads.

Good luck next year...maybe you'll even get ravished. ;)

...Wow - that #6 from Needles is FUN! ...

Sharon

You can say that again!
 

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Sounds like you had a great trip Shannon, way to go! I was out to Cowtown 2 weeks ago and did that nice ride south of Calgary, including the Peter Lougheed hwy, Bragg Creek, Longview, etc. Its about a 380km run starting/ending in Calgary.


Cheers!
 

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oops, my brain was saying Sharon, my fingers said Shannon....

my appologies
 

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Here is one of my favourite pictures. I'm not in any of the photos. Everywhere I stopped, no one was available to to snap a pic of me and my bike.

This is somewhere between Revelstoke to Nakusp. The day was beautiful and the scenery great.
 

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Wow!

Here is one of my favourite pictures. I'm not in any of the photos. Everywhere I stopped, no one was available to to snap a pic of me and my bike.

This is somewhere between Revelstoke to Nakusp. The day was beautiful and the scenery great.
Thanks for the post and the pix. I was overtaken by a wave of nostalgia having ridden many of the roads you traversed on your trip and Squamish is one of my favourite spots. Almost made it to BC last year but time wouldn't allow it. Mabey the year I ride the Continental Divide Trail I'll jog over to visit my buddy Don in Salmon Arm. I take pix of myself on my digital with the timer feature. You just have to get the framing right and find a good place to prop the camera. Give it a try, I've had great results. My buddy Don takes pix from the saddle of his R1100RT with his digital with excellent results. Of course he's a much better rider than me.

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Hi Strompette,

Do you have any pictures of the trip? I'd also like to see the route on the map.

I very much want to head out west in the future. I tought it would be this summer but it will likely have to be next year.

How long did the actual riding part of things take?

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Here is one of my favourite pictures. I'm not in any of the photos. Everywhere I stopped, no one was available to to snap a pic of me and my bike.

This is somewhere between Revelstoke to Nakusp. The day was beautiful and the scenery great.
I have almost the exact same picture. Nice spot.

 

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Hi Strompette,

Do you have any pictures of the trip? I'd also like to see the route on the map.

I very much want to head out west in the future. I tought it would be this summer but it will likely have to be next year.

How long did the actual riding part of things take?

..Tom
Tom, I have more route segments if you are interested.

 

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I have almost the exact same picture. Nice spot.
Heavy - It looks like the same time of day!

Do you have any pictures of the trip? I'd also like to see the route on the map.

I very much want to head out west in the future. I tought it would be this summer but it will likely have to be next year.

How long did the actual riding part of things take?

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Tom: I don't know how to post a route map. If you can provide some info on how to do this, I would be happy to post my route.

I can only ride for about 450K each day. After that, my back, shoulders and arms are sore and fatigued. The trip to Calgary took me three days and the return trip took four days. I would leave around 7 or 8 am and be in checked into a motel around 2 or 3 pm. Of course, I would stop for breakfast or lunch and many rest stops along the way. In other words, I took my sweet time and enjoyed the scenery as much as possible. The total amount of mileage travelled was 2800 kilometres.

As for pictures, I think I may have to sign up to one of these sites where you can post all the photos for others to see. I'm not very knowledgable about which is good, so if anyone has a suggestion, I'd really appreciate the advise.

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It was suggested to me (by The Sheppard) to use www.photobucket.com

Seems like a nice, easy to use site for doing this kind of thing.

You might also look into getting one of those very small tripods. There are some that are a few inches long and, along with the timer function on your camera, do a great job of getting ourself in the picture when no one else is around.

..Tom
 

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Hi Sharon, glad you made it back safe an sound. If your trip was anything like mine last year you now have a list of things to get and a list of things to forget.
 

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OK - VTom
I've opened a photobucket account and have finally figured out how to get those pics here.

Here is my route...


And some photos...

The lookout over Osoyoos


A quiet rest stop somewhere between Trail & Cranbrook:


The Columbia Valley between Radium Hot Springs and Golden


My new farkle <grin>


The road between Cache Creek and Lillooet
 

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Your pictures make me want to ride back out there tomorrow.

I loved the view on the morning we headed West out of Calgary. The promise of good things (roads) to come.....



Did you happen on any forest fires? We passed through the Princeton area last year when the fires were burning. It was rough on the eyes and throat. This was taken on a sunny, clear day around noon.

 

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Actually I did pass a forest fire. There were 2 helicopters trying desperately to extinguish the flames. The smoke wasn't an issue as the wind was blowing it away from the highway.

 

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Strompette:

Wow! Look like a great route with Great pictures! If you have an album online of the trip I'd would love to browse through it some time.

Thanks!

..Tom
 

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I'm working the album. I'll let you know when it's complete. I've opened an account at photobucket. It's fairly easy to use. I just need to figure out how to get the photos in proper sequence.
Right now, they are all out of order.
 
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