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    Detroit - Calgary - Seatle - San Fransico - Los Angeles Summer Ride

    Planning on leaving on my 1150RT at the end of June with 2 buddies. My 2 friends are riding to Anchorage and back (on their Harleys).
    I'm spliting off at Banff to meet up with my wife in Seatle (have family there). Then ride 2 up the rest of the way.
    Due to reality, I will have to ship the bike back due to work schedule (AKA lack of vacation days).

    If anyone has any hints or tips for this route, my ears are open.

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    I suppose...

    ....you two WILL BE joining all of us in Salem, OR at the Club Rally won't you? That alone, well...with a wine tour, will make your trip a success.

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    I have a suggested route for the Banff to Seattle portion if I were palnning that trip.

    From Banff follow Hwy 1 - The Trans Canada Highway to Hwy 93
    Take Hwy 93 to Radium (stop for a soak in the hot springs)
    From Radium go to Golden on Hwy 95 and get back on Hwy 1
    Follow Hwy 1 to Revelstoke and turn off onto Hwy 23 south
    follow that to Nakusp (note there is a free ferry crossing midway)(Again, soak in the hot springs at Nakusp)
    Take Hwy 6 across to Vernon (another free ferry on this route)
    Take Hwy 97 to Kelowna (lots of wineries in this area and a couple micro-breweries, but only after your done riding)
    From Kelowna head south on Hwy 33 to Rock Creek and Hwy 3 - the Crowsnest Highway
    Head east and cross the border just before Grand Forks and follow US 21 to Republic WA
    Alternate choice - head west to Osoyoos, then south across the border from there to Tonasket and US 20
    Now take US 20 all the way to the coast just north of Seattle (Be sure to stop at Winthrop for the old west experience, and Diablo Dam is a neat stop too)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    I have a suggested route for the Banff to Seattle portion if I were palnning that trip.

    From Banff follow Hwy 1 - The Trans Canada Highway to Hwy 93
    Take Hwy 93 to Radium (stop for a soak in the hot springs)
    From Radium go to Golden on Hwy 95 and get back on Hwy 1
    Follow Hwy 1 to Revelstoke and turn off onto Hwy 23 south
    follow that to Nakusp (note there is a free ferry crossing midway)(Again, soak in the hot springs at Nakusp)
    Take Hwy 6 across to Vernon (another free ferry on this route)
    Take Hwy 97 to Kelowna (lots of wineries in this area and a couple micro-breweries, but only after your done riding)
    From Kelowna head south on Hwy 33 to Rock Creek and Hwy 3 - the Crowsnest Highway
    Head east and cross the border just before Grand Forks and follow US 21 to Republic WA
    Alternate choice - head west to Osoyoos, then south across the border from there to Tonasket and US 20
    Now take US 20 all the way to the coast just north of Seattle (Be sure to stop at Winthrop for the old west experience, and Diablo Dam is a neat stop too)
    Hmm. Thats a slightly different route I was planning. I'll have to look into that. Looks a bit more interesting.
    My major problem is time constraints. I only have 2 days to get from Banff to Seatle.

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    The North Cascades Highway is definitely a pretty ride. Just make sure you don't miss the changes in speed limits as you near the little towns along the route on the the western end. DAMHIK

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    ....you two WILL BE joining all of us in Salem, OR at the Club Rally won't you? That alone, well...with a wine tour, will make your trip a success.

    "travel'in" john
    Sorry to say, I will already be home by then.
    Leaving Detroit area 6/30 leaving Ventura approx 7/16

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    Well, only 4 weeks away now.
    Just took my bike in for its 24K service.
    Starting to buy some supplies for the trip.
    Almost got my route sorted. Still trying to map out the banff to Seattle segment.
    Also started putting together a blog. That'll be a first for me. Slowly getting into the 21st century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detroit Kim View Post
    Planning on leaving on my 1150RT at the end of June with 2 buddies. My 2 friends are riding to Anchorage and back (on their Harleys).
    I'm spliting off at Banff to meet up with my wife in Seatle (have family there). Then ride 2 up the rest of the way.
    Due to reality, I will have to ship the bike back due to work schedule (AKA lack of vacation days).

    If anyone has any hints or tips for this route, my ears are open.
    Kim...when traveling on the west coast, take a look at this website: www.pashnit.com. Lots of great info there, and a great group of folks who love to ride.

    Be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakemaker View Post
    Kim...when traveling on the west coast, take a look at this website: www.pashnit.com. Lots of great info there, and a great group of folks who love to ride.

    Be safe.
    Cool site. Thanks

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    Taking Eds advise, sort of and riding down to Castlegar from Banff to Seatle.
    Only a week away now.
    Had a few glitches in my prep.
    1. After 24K service, the bike had a fuel leak from the joint on the feed line. The dealer fixed it by replacing the plastic quik-connects and rubber hoses.
    2. Had a local upholsterer modify my seat. They completely screwed it up, now I'm hastily trying fix it, with gel seat (not working) Airhawk seat pad (waiting for the mail man on that one).
    If all fails I'll use my stock big boy seat and have to deal with tiptoes at the lights. At least I know it comfortable.
    3. Waiting for the Excel cruise control. Toms been overwhelmed with the pre rally orders. But its on its way.
    Now just praying for good weather along the trip. Calgary has severe flooding as I write this and Banff had a motor cyclist chased by a huge wolf !

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    Trans Canada is washed out at Canmore. You can not get west from Calgary without taking a very long detour.


    Current alerts
    Hwy 1 Closure
    Traffic Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 10:17

    Hwy 1 westbound from Norquay exit is now open. Westbound traffic from Banff can now go west to Golden and westbound is closed at Cougar Creek at Canmore due to flooding. Hwy 1 between Golden and Banff eastbound open only for local traffic.
    Southbound Hwy 2 detoured onto Hwy 519 due to flooding
    Traffic Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 09:57

    Southbound Hwy 2 is being detoured at Granum onto Hwy519 because of water over Hwy 2 north of Fort Mcleod
    Southern Alberta Flooding
    Weather Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 09:33

    Travel advisory in effect for Okotoks, High River, Turner valley, Black Diamond, Bragg Creek and Sparwood. Several locations are under evacuation. Officials ask the public to not drive to affected areas.
    Weather warnings-West Central Alberta
    Weather Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 09:33

    Environment Canada continues with their heavy rainfall waning for; Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg, Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Kananaskis, Banff National Park, and Canmore. An additional 60mm of rain is possible by today.
    Hwy 547 Bridge Closure near Arrowwood
    Traffic Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 09:16

    The bridge near Arrowwood on Hwy547 is closed due to flooding.
    Hwy 3-Speed Reduction at the Crowsnest Pass
    Traffic Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 07:46

    Due to heavy rainfall the speed limit along the Crowsnest Pass Lake has been reduced to 50 km/hr. There is water on the eastbound lane but it is still passable.
    Hwy 24 Speargrass Bridge Closed
    Traffic Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 07:23

    Speargrass Bridge crossing HWY24 has been closed for northbound and southbound traffic due debris in the river
    Northbound Deerfoot Flooding
    Traffic Event Updated On: Friday, June 21, 2013, at 06:33

    Northbound Deerfoot to Blackfoot Trail westbound is closed, traffic must exit to 17th Avenue.
    Hwy 40 Closure
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    Highway 40 from Highway 1 up through Kananaskis is closed due to flooding.
    Hwy 93 from Lake Louise-North Closed
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    Hwy 93 between Lake Louise and Saskatchewan Crossing is closed due to multiple mud slides. Hwy 93 between Saskatchewan Crossing and Lake Louise will remain closed overnight and the closure will be reassessed on Friday morning
    Hwy 8 Closure
    Traffic Event Updated On: Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 18:49

    Hwy 8 is closed at the Twin Bridges due to flooding
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    Hwy 66 is closed between the junction of Hwy 22 and Elbow Falls Winter Closure due to severe flooding.
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    Just a heads up for the Calgary Banff area, we are experiencing heavy rain and major flooding all through southern Alberta and the mountain areas right now. Several major roads, highways and bridges are washed out and or closed. Large areas have been evacuated, including all of downtown Calgary and several towns nearby. Its a big mess here right now.

    Keep checking for current road and weather conditions as some may not be reopened for your travels.

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    Martin / Ed.
    Thanks for that info. I saw the devastation on the national news here in the States. Didn't realize it was so wide spread.
    I'm actually bypassing Calgary on my way from the border crossing at Sweet Water to Banff. I cross check the roads I'll take with your road report. I will be passing tru Banff on 7/1 - 7/2.
    Can I ask you where you got that road report ?
    Many thanks
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    www.amaroadreports.ca

    http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

    Below is a list of roads maintained by Volker Stevin Highways, Calgary office which are currently closed.

    Highway 1A Morley to Canmore
    Highway 1 Highway 40 to the Banff Gates
    Highway 40 from Highway 1 up through Kananaskis
    Highway 758
    Highway 66
    Highway 68 from Powderface to Highway 40
    Homestead Road
    Highway 541
    Highway 549 east
    Highway 540 closed at Kisco Creek
    Highway 742
    Highway 22 from Highway 8 to Bragg Creek
    Highway 2 from High River to Nanton
    Highway 22 south of Springbank
    Twin bridges at Highway 8
    Highway 1 from Morley turnoff To Bear Hill is down to 1 lane

    A number of roads in Banff and Kootnay National Parks are also closed:

    Trans-Canada Highway in both directions at Carrot Creek
    Trans-Canada Highway westbound at the Norquay interchange
    Minnewanka Loop Road north of Banff
    Sunshine Village Access Road
    Highway 93 S ~ Kootnay Narional Park
    Highway 93 N ~ Icefields Parkway
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    Do you know the extent of the damage to roads.
    Are they just flooded or actually washed away or covered in muck ?

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