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Old 05-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #16
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That helps...

and my comfort limit for a day is about 600 km so, I'll either add another day to the route or stick to the ferry.

Last question - to anyone in the know - it looks to me whether you take PG to Fort Nelson and on to the junction of #1 & #37 or PG on #16 to #37 and up to #1 its the same mileage.

What route is more interesting - scenery and road quality?

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It was a very long day from PG to Liard River Hotsprings (~ 1200 kms?) we left PG before 8 am and got to LRH around 10 pm. The next day to Whitehorse was only tough in that it was a torrential downpour for about 5 or 6 hours. Would I do it again? Tough call, but by the end of day 2 I'm not sure any of us were making the best or safest riding decisions. We usually try to stick to about 600 kms/day on average, but have sometimes had to push on for 800 to 1000 because we "have" to get somewhere (seems to happen about once/trip).
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #17
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and my comfort limit for a day is about 600 km so, I'll either add another day to the route or stick to the ferry.

Last question - to anyone in the know - it looks to me whether you take PG to Fort Nelson and on to the junction of #1 & #37 or PG on #16 to #37 and up to #1 its the same mileage.

What route is more interesting - scenery and road quality?

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Stewart Cassiar by a mile, tons of amazing sidetrips along there that are a shame to miss also.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #18
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I was gonna try this a last summer when I lived in Victoria, taking 11 days to Prudhoe Bay and back. I believe my math at the time had me going 9800+kms. I said frig that, but I should of taken the opportunity to drive up there with the family and taken a few weeks.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:06 PM   #19
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I agree the Stewart Cassiar route is awesome.

The other thing you need to be aware of is the ridiculous amount of wildlife out there in the summer. Even last Spring when we went up, there were already Moose and Deer and Cariboo and Muskox and every damn thing on 4 legs running out onto the road.

Long days in the saddle make you tired. You need your wits about you with all the animals up there. Especially late in the day when they start moving around.

If i was going to do an epic BC ride in the summer, over 9 days, I'd go East to Hope, follow 1 up the Fraser Canyon to 100 Mile, over to PG, left towards Vanderhoof (past the house I grew up in on the Hart Hwy), then over to Smithers, Terrace, Rupert, take the ferry to Port Hardy, ride the Malahat down the island, and then take the other ferry from Nanaimo down to Horseshoe Bay.

9 days would be perfect. 4 days up, 1 day on the ferry, 3 days down, 1 day to deal with the inevitable something going wrong.

Hell, now that I've typed it, I think I may do it this summer.

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #20
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Vanc-arctic

Went up the cassiar last July. 7 days vanc to pruhdoe bay. 6 days back on the alcan to vancouver. Some 500km days,some 800km days. Day 12 was toad river to pg..1001km. The overnight stops/daily mileage is partially determined by accommodations. Camping gives a bit more flexibility. Would have liked to spend a bit more time kicking back in places like Dawson city. Ideally the 13 days should have been 16-17 return.
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