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Old August 2nd, 2017   #1
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Default Redlands CA to Canada RT Five Parks, six hot springs

Total miles: 4,644 (7,473 kilometers).

July 14: Redlands, CA to Cedar City, UT. July 15: to Lava Hot Springs, ID. July 16: to Grant Campground, Yellowstone Natíl Park WY. July 17: To Canyon Campground, Yellowstone. July 18 to Deer Lodge, MT via Chico Hot Springs and Livingston, MT. July 19: to Fish Creek Campground, Glacier National Park, MT; July 20: To Waterton Town Campground, Waterton National Park, AB via Going to the Sun Road, border crossing at Chief Mountain. July 21: to Two Jack Main campground, Banff National Park, AB via Kananaskis highway;. July 22: to Invermere, BC. July 23: to New Denver, BC via Ainsworth Hot Springs. July 24: to Kamloops, BC via Nakusp Hot Springs. July 25: to Ferndale, WA via Sea to Sky highway, border crossing at Blaine, WA. July 26: to Salt Flats campground near Port Angeles, WA, via Seattle and Bremerton ferry; July 27: To Sol Duc Hot Springs campground, Olympic National Park; July 28 to Port Orford, OR; July 29: to Davis, CA; July 30: to home, Redlands,CA.

Most valuable players (besides the ST 1300): New (to me) Cyclops LED lights, turned night to day; cooling vest (wouldnít go touring without it, saves your ass on hot days; beadrider over RDL seat (saves your ass literally); new mat Exped SynMat Mega 12 LXW, like at home, a huge improvement over my old neoair; ; my trusty old North Face Arches tent, which stood up to a hailstorm in Yellowstone and 90 mph winds at New Denver BC. The RipPac traveler pack, a little backpack sold by Eddie Bauer that folds up into a tiny package to stow. Camelbak, gotta stay hydrated. One of my saddlebags is now a cooler thanks to a softsided cooler made by Norchill, keeps stuff cold up to two days on a bag of ice. Vstream windshield, a big upgrade over stock.

Something I learned: the Highway between Waterton and Banff, more precisely between Pincher Creek, AB and Longview, AB, which I have ridden twice, is apparently know to Albertan riders as very dangerous due to high winds. Iíve ridden it twice, first time must have been an exception because it wasnít very windy, this time it was very unpleasant and unsettling. But someone I spoke with said his buddy got blown under a semi there and died recently. Careful on this one.
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I have a tent Northface Toulumine that my brother and I sheltered in during a thunderstorm one night on Algonquin peAk in New York State July 14, 1974. Lightning hit the peak hundreds of times that night and the wind blew 100 miles an hour at times.

Thank God for that tent!
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Default Re: Redlands CA to Canada RT Five Parks, six hot springs

sounds like one heck of a ride, glad you had fun
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