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Old 06-18-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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The Great CanAm Tour

I have three months, a GS 1100 that has been in storage in Canada for the last three years, a keen companion and the need to return the 'Beemer' to her home in Florida. So from Cochrane, Alberta to Melbourne Beach Florida we shall go by the longest route possible to include lots of dirt roads and detours through as many mountain passes as we can find. We're free to wander and explore from coast to coast, our only date that has to be met is San Francisco for the marathon on 26 July.

The bike gets a good going over.



The only thing that really needed replacing was the brake lines, the battery and fresh fuel in the tank.



Fired her up and headed into the mountains.



More tomorrow........
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great trip.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:46 AM   #3
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Which way are you going? Looks like the Rockies are included

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Old 06-19-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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Since the bike had been storage for a few years I decided to do a loop into the mountains and back to Cochrane in case there was anything else that needed to be done to the bike. So I headed down 22 to then west on 68 to Kananaskis where the pavement ends. Then offroad on the Powder Face Trail, this gravel road was custom made for the big GS lots of elevation changes and swooping turns.







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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:10 PM   #5
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Which way are you going? Looks like the Rockies are included

All Rockies for now. Looking for offroad tracks wherever possible. I have been North up to Jasper and am now working my way to Montana. We are spending tonight in Fernie, which is famous for some amazing ski slopes
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South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
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Great CanAm Tour
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:36 PM   #6
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If you are in Fernie you need to check out the old growth forest... Huge cedar trees there and the perfect road for a dual sport... there is a hotel at the top, I cant remember the name of it,, you go north off Hwy 3 just west of town.. ask a local, they eill know where to point you, it can be done up and back in 2 hours.. well worth it to see some untouched crowsnest pass!!
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If you are in Fernie you need to check out the old growth forest... Huge cedar trees there and the perfect road for a dual sport... there is a hotel at the top, I cant remember the name of it,, you go north off Hwy 3 just west of town.. ask a local, they eill know where to point you, it can be done up and back in 2 hours.. well worth it to see some untouched crowsnest pass!!
Thanks Turbeau
I was looking for that road this afternoon but did not find it. I will give it another look tomorrow. There is also supposed to be a gravel road from Fernie to Sparwood , I will try to find it too.
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:19 PM   #8
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More Powderface action:




The Powderface dumps you onto 68, which is a Canadian gravel super highway that eventually dumps you out onto highway 40 we headed south from there looking for the Spray Lakes dirt road that starts near the Peter Longheed Provincial Park. This is a spectacular gravel road that runs all the way back up to Canmore. Wall to wall scenery and wildlife.

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The road to Spray Lakes


You don't want to miss any turns up here






Canmore in the distance.

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Upper Italian Lakes report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160841

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana ride report
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454490

Great CanAm Tour
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=476605

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Old 05-23-2011, 05:38 AM   #9
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Don't know how I missed this one before. Great stuff. As much as I enjoy new places in trip photos I also love seeing places I've been too - sometimes the same shots I've taken. They bring back great memories. Much appreciated.

Did you live in Cochrane a bit or the bike was just stored there? As for Melbourne, I was just there recently. My mother has a winter condo in Cocoa Beach. Thanks again for taking me along. Better late than never.
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