texasdiver wrote:I did read your packing and tool list with interest as I'll be doing an 800+ ride with my daughter this summer. I have to admit that I needed google to figure out what a "Hypercracker" is. Turns out I carry a Stein tool which does the same thing.
You're riding some pretty remote country to not carry a spare tire...just tubes and boots.
I also bring a backup phone/ipad battery. I have this one which works well. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009USAJCC Frequently I find no decent charging options while camping. I also carry a splitter plug kind of like this so that I can charge everything from one plug in a restaurant or campground http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203750910? ... =203750910
If you'd have some time left then you might consider a day trip to Yoho National Park. It is only 15 miles off Icefield Parkway.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions- ... umbia.html
Takakkaw Falls (less than 20 miles from Lake Louise, but I don't know how good that road is for a bike) look majestic.
Random Poster wrote:* Last summer there was lots of road construction on this stretch of the highway--it appeared that the road was being expanded and/or lane divided for a bit. How far the road construction has progressed, I can't say (in the winter, I tend not to go farther west than Lake Louise), but maybe the road shoulders are more bike-friendly now, at least for a short while.
If you go to Takakkaw, you might as well stop on the way at the Spiral Tunnels and watch the trains do their thing (namely, spiral through a tunnel and curve back around on itself). There is a turn-off/side parking lot on the side of the TransCanada for viewing.
If you camp at Takakkaw, consider taking a day hike to one of the interior falls---Twin Falls, Laughing Falls, or what have you, or perhaps do the iceline trail or highline trail. In July, there should be enough snow runoff to keep these more minor falls full and flowing, and the trails should be reasonably clear.
Raybo wrote:I sure hope the weather cooperates. Nothing like riding a bike in a rainstorm to make one appreciate sitting on a couch at home!
Raybo wrote:Thanks for the update. I wasn't aware of the problems, though I did see that it had been raining in Missoula, my starting point, for the past week or so.
I'm not sure what I can do about this at this point other than wait and see. It is hard to believe that the main roads would be closed for an extended period, but that depends on how long it rains, I guess.
I have a 2 night reservation at the Lake Louise Hostel (snore, I mean, dorm room) so I am hoping to hike or bike around as an off-day activity while I am there.
I sure hope the weather cooperates. Nothing like riding a bike in a rainstorm to make one appreciate sitting on a couch at home!
Raybo wrote:Virtually all the roads going into Kasanaskis country are closed or seriously damaged. It is hard to believe that in 3 weeks things will be fixed. I'm sure that cars, trucks and RVs will be given priority and may be allowed without giving access for bicycles. But, this is the high tourist season, so some effort will be made to fix things, if only temporarily.
I am considering my alternatives. As I see it, there are two. One is to head north and east from Pincher Creek toward Cochrane and then west to Canmore. This is lots of prairie riding and not so interesting. Two is to head west from Pimcher Creek through Crowsnest Pass, a major and farm area with the wind coming from the west (70 miles of headwind?), to Fernie and then north from there (the ACA route).
Any thoughts on this choice would be appreciated. The good news is that I can put off this choice until I get to Pincher Creek.
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