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Old 03-11-2013, 12:59 AM   #46
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Is highway 99 out of Whistler north all that I hear it is??
And more! Was better back in the day(70's), all gravel and no traffic Still, one of the better short runs.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:19 PM   #47
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Don't put your faith in those electric contraptions. The Lord doesn't like a coward. Learn to dress in layers like the Michelin Man, and you can ride when the techno geeks are grounded because of the perversity of inanimate materials.

get a pair of boots that are one size to big for you and buy yourself a thick pair of wool socks. figure out how to stop the wind blowing up your kilt, wear a balaclava, and invest in a pair of Hippo Hands.

Mark's Work Wearhouse is a good place to find good layering stuff up here. They cater to rig-pigs who need to keep warm while they stand around and do nothing. Sound familiar?

The only time you have to panic up here is when there is ice on the road, and /or you can't see. Then it's bad. Cold is a minor inconvenience. dress for it.

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:02 PM   #48
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Yup, depending on the condition of pavement. I took some friends from the US through the Duffy on a, ahem, spirited ride to Lillooet and back. One of the guys pulled in at Pemberton with a big ole shit eating grin and declared "THAT....was an E ticket ride!" It's a challenging road, great views, a few decreasing radius hairpins, high elevation changes, and a wooden bridge or two. Don't miss it.
The best way I have found to check out a ride is with Google Earth. For this Hwy 99 stretch, you can search "Lillooet" then follow the road southwest at an altitude of about 8km ~ 5 miles. It's labelled Duffy Lake Road. Hwy 99 east of Lillooet to Cache Creek is one of the most picturesque pieces of pavement in Southwest BC. Keep your camera handy!

Dina's is a great Greek restaurant in Lillooet (one street town) & numerous boutique cafes in Pemberton to fuel the belly before challenging yerself on this twisty.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #49
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Ok, let's change course for a moment then we'll resume to scheduled programming..

When I ride down here in the Ol' U.S. of A. I carry my pistol. Is there any condition that allows me to bring it into Canada with me?? Disassembled and locked in it's case?
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:11 PM   #50
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:15 PM   #51
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Crossing the border at Chief Mountain or Roosville??
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:52 PM   #52
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Ok, back to scheduled programming..

Crossing the border at Chief Mountain or Roosville??
Chief mountainis not 24 hour, but as long as you are driving daytime that should not be a problem. Nice road on both sides of the crossing.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #53
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Rooseville is going to be warmer. The best part of Chief mountain is the proximity to going to the sun which wont be open yet. Waterton park is a great place to spend a few days though. All the wonders of Jasper and Banff without the crowds.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #54
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When I ride down here in the Ol' U.S. of A. I carry my pistol. Is there any condition that allows me to bring it into Canada with me?? Disassembled and locked in it's case?
Yes, there are, in theory, but practically, probably not possible to jump through all the hoops to do so for a restricted weapon (i.e. handgun). And no guarantees the guy at the border will allow it when you show up. You need a good reason why you will have a restricted weapon in your possession (i.e. travel to Alaska, professional target shooter on the way to a competition, etc.).

I'd make some inquiries as to gun shops near the border crossing that you'll be using as to if you can store it there while you travel, and pick it up on your return. Some guys even make arrangements to ship it from their border crossing point to a gun store at their re-entry point to the US.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:12 AM   #55
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I think by the time May gets here it's gonna be heavenly up there..
Gotta say, man, you're incredibly optimistic. I've lived in Calgary for many years. This area has the weirdest weather, completely unpredictable and apt to go from one extreme to the other in the space of a couple of hours. It can snow anytime, even in July and August — freak storms, but no less unpleasant. Normally, they're just prairie thunderstorms, usually accompanied by strong winds and very heavy rain, short but intense. Be prepared. Good gear is essential — wind and waterproof, with microfleece layers for warmth. Good gloves are essential, two pair, and waterproof footwear.

The weather in May is a total crapshoot. Expect it to be cold and wet and snowy. Bring appropriate gear. If it does snow, the road surface will probably stay clear and wet, or will be soon. It doesn't get that cold by that late in the spring. We start to play baseball here in May.

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Crossing the border at Chief Mountain or Roosville??
I like the ride up from East Glacier through Chief Mountain, over Looking Glass Road and on to Waterton and Pincher Creek, then north along AB22 to Calgary. Weather along that highway is particularly fickle and extreme. If you are not heading through Calgary, go through Millarville and AB762 to Bragg Creek and then north to either the Trans-Canada or Cochrane. The road from Cochrane to Banff is choice, too, much nicer than the stuporslab.

From Banff, use the Parkway to get to Lake Louise and join the main highway to Jasper. There are no services. Get a jerry can in Canmore and Buy gas in Lake Louise. The only gas bar is at Sask River Crossing, where gas is $3 a liter for gas, like $15 per gallon and chocolate bars are $5. Anyway, the road to Jasper is very nice, scenic and probably chilly.

From Jasper, you can either go into BC and up through Prince George or go east to Hinton and up to Grande Cache and Dawson Creek on your way to the Yukon. Either way, there are long, empty spaces with no human habitation. Plan your fuel carefully. BC is more expensive than Alberta.

There are two major hazards I would mention — animals, both two-legged and four-legged. The drivers here are terrible. They drive too fast with no care or skill or manners. They don't look for motorcycles.

Deer are abundant all through these parts, from Montana to Alaska. I don't know, I guess there are deer in Oklahoma, but there are lots of them here. They are stupid, unpredictable, and can spoil your day.

Anyway, carry on. That's an ambitious ride you have planned. Good luck, and ride safe.
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What many of you are describing is Colorado in March..
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:44 AM   #57
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What many of you are describing is Colorado in March..
It is what it is. Colorado is 1000 miles south, but still situated in the shadow of the mountains so it wouldn't surprise me to see flaky weather there. It sure as hell ain't Oklahoma...

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Old 03-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #58
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What to prepare for....

This is near the top of the pass on Hwy 532 southwest of Calgary. It was an easy ride all the way over the summit down to the junction with the Forestry Trunk Road, which was still closed for the season north and south of the junction. The date was March 20, 2012.



This is at the Waiprous scenic overlook on the Forestry Trunk Road north of Cochrane. After this the road became slick and I turned off to head back to the pavement. The date was May 1, 2011.



You get the idea. Just be prepared to change your route or take a break if you run into difficult conditions.

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Old 04-06-2013, 10:18 AM   #59
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Are you all thawing out up there??
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Are you all thawing out up there??
Well, not today, at -4* C and freezing rain and snow to the west. Last weekend I rode every day in warmth and sunshine. It just goes to illustrate spring in Alberta, and the volatile nature of it's weather.
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