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1 August 2008

1 August 2008

Bill Reid's The Spirit of Haida Gwai (Vancouver International Airport)
Vancouver: route planning

I have been in Vancouver for a few days now, reading up on some recent trip logs and refining the route i will take. This has enabled me to determine topography and actual climbs that i will be riding. Some are more than a little intimidating and impressive at the same time. I am feeling a little daunted and have some excited anticipation for the ride.

From accounts of othes, itseems that it will take me 8 days to cross BC. This, of course, depends on how well i manage the first few days given my fiteness (not what i had hoped given 6 weeks with my bike in and out of the shop) and my non-direct route. I will be riding through southern BC, avoiding the trans-Canada before heading north to Lake Louise and Banff via highway 93. This will provide some spectaular scenery — Parks Canada website for the Kootenay region (wiki):

 

Crossing the continental divide is going to be challenging, though exhillarating. I had considered riding via Revelstoke to cross Rogers (wiki) and Kicking Horse (wiki) passes, though am pretty certain i will take the southern route.

In reading some recent trip logs, i have come across reference again to the cyclsist who were hit in Manitoba. Along with ample accounts of the lack of shoulder on the trans-Canad, this confirmed plansto avoid this route. I have decided to head north-west from Calgary and ride to Winnipeg via Saskatoonto assist with this and also see a different part of the country.

All in all, I am excited and daunted by the weeks ahead... and being met in Winnipeg by someone...

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Submitted by Kristina on

Hi! I will be riding to Vancouver and back from Edmonton ... too bad we will miss each other, as I am thinking to leave here either Aug 27 or Sept 7th. I am having difficulty finding info to read from. What books are you accessing to define your ride route?
I am super looking forward to the adventure. I think it will be awesome!

Submitted by colin@veganarky.net on

Sounds like a pretty nice ride! You could do some of the Yellowhead highway (ride further North than I did)?

I crossed paths with a number of people heading west, and only a couple heading east as i closed in on the Rockiies/Banff—a few doing the Banff-Jasper-Radum loop.

I read a lot of blogs, and relied on Paul Wood's (2006) Cycling British Collumbia for most of my route (I followed Highway 7 north of the Fraser to Hope). Having vertical profiles is something I would highly recommend for anyone riding across BC—they helped with planning greatly. I hope to post a list of sites i looked at soon... (perhaps after I write-up daily logs from my trip).