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Old 03-06-2013, 04:10 PM   #76
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Very enjoyable report!

Based on your experiences and anecdotes from others, what do you think is the earliest in the year one could venture up to the TLH and Happy Valley area without ice or snow issues? Is June too early? Thanks.

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:37 AM   #77
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Based on your experiences and anecdotes from others, what do you think is the earliest in the year one could venture up to the TLH and Happy Valley area without ice or snow issues? Is June too early? Thanks.
I'm actually not sure; I've always gone late in the season. But from what I've heard from others, while June is certainly doable in terms of the road being clear -- and offers the benefit of iceberg spotting in the bays -- the weather tends to be a lot rainier early in the summer than early in the fall.

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I'm actually not sure; I've always gone late in the season. But from what I've heard from others, while June is certainly doable in terms of the road being clear -- and offers the benefit of iceberg spotting in the bays -- the weather tends to be a lot rainier early in the summer than early in the fall.

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Thanks for your observations. I'd really like to beat the fly season, while avoiding any snow. Not sure if that window of opportunity exists.
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Thanks for your observations. I'd really like to beat the fly season, while avoiding any snow. Not sure if that window of opportunity exists.
September's your best bet, if you can manage it. By then the bugs are almost entirely gone, the weather tends to be drier, and snow is not yet very likely.

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Old 03-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #80
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By the way since you were medically treated in NS(Canada) and they have universal health care for all. Mind, telling us how much did it personnally cost you..which of course will be reimbursed by your US insurance!

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The Canadian health care system ensures full coverage... for all Canadian citizens. However, being an American citizen, I was not entitled to this coverage, and was charged $725 CAD for the privilege. I've submitted the paperwork and ER reports to my US insurance and will hopefully be fully reimbursed, minus of course the ER copay.
*UPDATE*

It's now been more than 6 months after our return from the trip—six months of whinging, flattering, and cursing my way into the hearts and minds of the Aetna Student Health reimbursements department—and I've only just received confirmation that a partial reimbursement has been applied to my claim. After many calls and letters explaining that no, the Canadian health care system isn't like ours; and no, they don't give all of their patients itemized bills with insurance codes; and yes, this was an emergency visit and there were no in-network options available, someone decided to cut me a break and cover my treatment.

In the end, I'll wind up paying a $50USD co-pay, and 20% of the bill; leaving me with a reimbursement check of around $540. I had already cut my losses on that cash so it feels like free money at this point! It's only fitting that it should go towards new gear, right? Not that riding gear would have saved my face while walking in the woods...
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It's only fitting that it should go towards new gear, right?
Do I sense some KLIM goodies in your immediate future?

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:58 PM   #82
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It's certainly on the list! I want to try on the overland but I don't think roadside will have it for a while...
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