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Old 10-29-2013, 04:29 PM   #31
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When I head west I go to Sault Ste Marie and then take Highway #2 all the way west and turn north towards Calgary or ideally keep going to the Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park in Montana. Absolutely beautiful way to enter the Rockies after all the flatland.

Gas is cheaper in the US as well
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:38 PM   #32
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Here is another local lookout....bring hiking boots.

http://nakusptrails.ca/wp-content/up...kout-trail.pdf

There is a heck of a look out/look down place in my own backyard but I don't think the big bikes would make it up there.But then maybe if the operator is really good. Usually I take my 4 wheels little goat or the 2 wheels one. Had to hoof it up with a couple ADVers a little while back, fuel filter plugged up on the goat and it stopped climbing.Quite a hike up, glad we were wearing sensible shoes.Well they did, cheapo Wal-Mart for me.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:34 PM   #33
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Thanks guys! I'll bring some hicking boots for sure!
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:18 AM   #34
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When I head west I go to Sault Ste Marie and then take Highway #2 all the way west and turn north towards Calgary or ideally keep going to the Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park in Montana. Absolutely beautiful way to enter the Rockies after all the flatland.

Gas is cheaper in the US as well
How is the road down here? I'm looking for the fastest way to reach Calgary. I plan to take the 117 up to Rouyn-Noranda, then the 11 and the 17 to Manitoba then the 1 to Calgary. Town in the northesn Ontario are far away from each other, so I don't think I will slow down often.

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Old 10-31-2013, 08:50 AM   #35
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I've done both ways many times and the US route is faster. The Trans Canada Highway north of Lake Superior has more traffic and lots more police checking speed

US #2 is not as busy so travelling is easier and there are still enough hotels and gas stations. The Upper Peninsula in Michigan is very scenic and you can still get views of Superior.

I would go from Montreal to North Bay and then to Sault Ste Marie and cross the border there.

Use Google Maps to check actual distances and travel times.

Update: I just added it up and it's only 5 hours shorter, not as much as I thought but that's at highway speed limits.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:06 AM   #36
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How fast from Mtl to the Kootenays no "I-xx" and well south of Chicago??? I'll keep that one for myself.....But that was 5,400 kms in....days.

Yes the Soo way and Hwy2 is faster and shorter. Cheaper also, been a very long time since I went through Canada all the way. Also lost count a long time ago of how many times I did that ride BC-QC and back.

And then you can go to Montana......
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:58 PM   #37
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I've done both ways many times and the US route is faster. The Trans Canada Highway north of Lake Superior has more traffic and lots more police checking speed

US #2 is not as busy so travelling is easier and there are still enough hotels and gas stations. The Upper Peninsula in Michigan is very scenic and you can still get views of Superior.

I would go from Montreal to North Bay and then to Sault Ste Marie and cross the border there.

Use Google Maps to check actual distances and travel times.

Update: I just added it up and it's only 5 hours shorter, not as much as I thought but that's at highway speed limits.
It's even shorter if you take the 52 at Minot and then the 39 in canada to reach the trans-canada HWY I think.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:36 PM   #38
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Yeah, that would be. When I head west my sights are dead set on Montana and Glacier Park
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:24 PM   #39
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Yeah, that would be. When I head west my sights are dead set on Montana and Glacier Park
I agree. Done it a few times and a few different ways, and heading to Glacier is faster and beautiful. Cheaper fuel and you can sneak the speed up a bit. Cheaper hotels too. Some are dives though.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:53 AM   #40
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Montana...Yippy-Ty-O-Ty-Ay!!!

Easy to loose track of altitude there, easier to keep track nowadays with GPSs. Can get pretty darn chilly at night if you loose the altitude and then find yourself in a frosty tent next morning. Can happen in July and August...trust me on that.

Pretty darn chilly all the way across Montana, third week of August a few years back, had all my gear on including the raingear to break the chilly wind.

I go every year....last time forgot the Stanfields as it was about 30C in the Kootenays when I left. Sure was chilly at +2,000m in the hills around Anaconda and also Lolo and a few others. But that was in May and plenty of snowbanks left. Couldn't find a cheap dive motel there, had to settle for a good one. A little over budget it was but comparable to the Canadian prices.

But I did camp a few nights...no choice there was nothing else around and I am a camper, not the Motel/TV/Internet on the road sort of rider.If you have a choice....don't camp next to lakes or creeks at higher altitudes.
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How low the temps can goes in July and august?
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How low the temps can goes in July and august?
Daytime or night?? And altitude....! Them new Stanfields I bought with Merino woool, not leaving home without them ever again. Will make good pyjamas at high altitude.And the new sleeping bag sure is rated for well below freezing and so was the old one.

Let me think...I ride/drive plenty of high altitude roads. In the 1,500m and up even in the summer you could be looking at 4-5C by sunrise and that is if the sun even rises depending on where you are. Could be hidden behind a mountain well into the day. 07-08.00 am on the road can be very chilly in some of them valleys.

Hard to say but I sure have lit up the woodstove here in the summer to warm up passing/visiting riders after their wet/cold rides and I am only at 450m.A little A.F. with that....????
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I'll bring a "combine panneau" or "une dompeuse"
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Do they still make the pinkish ones....???Dad always wore those. Invented by Stanfields and certainly made famous during the Gold Rush.Looks like some of them guys suffered from the "Brown Rush" once in a while.....too much Pork & Beans????

You need to go shop at Latulipe in QC before you go or check Stanfields online, mine are 2-pieces mottled grey/black. Better than pink but I can't care less what I look like on the road or first thing in the morning as long as I stay warm....!

Une "soute a panneau" ca serait pas pire icitte pour aller aux chiottes de bonne heure....!
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #45
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ahhhh....Anaconda, Philipsburg....Rock crk....that was a trip. oh long live Montana.
agreed blue frog, i went from melting in Bozeman to fridgid in the Butte/Anaconda area....bring wAy big long johners.
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