High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Langley, BC, Canada.
Grey Hair, that sounds like a good trip and I hope you find our site useful. Johnstone Strait (and the nearby Broughton) is an excellent place to paddle. If there's anything I can do to provide info, etc, don't hesitate to ask.
Further to the cycling discussion, none of the routes from Jasper are going to be remotely ideal for cycling -- there are cycling-unfriendly roads all over the province and you're bound to find some of them on your journey. The best suggestion that I can give is to keep your wits about you and use common sense and it should keep you safe. I've found that most (not all) drivers will give you extra room on the highways -- the big trucks, we've found, are particularly good about giving as wide a berth as they can -- but they're not always able to so be mindful of what lies ahead on the road when they approach. There were a few long downhills stretches where there was no shoulder of any kind (east of Golden was the worst) -- we rode in the middle of the lane when we got to these descents because we'd hit speeds in excess of 60km/hr -- cars didn't seem to have issues with us holding them up a bit but if there were a truck behind us we'd pull off the road and let it pass -- you don't want to have a semi riding its brakes on a long descent -- especially if it's right behind you. There were a couple of people who came scary close on occasion, but generally we found most people on the highways are good about giving cyclists extra room. We noticed a substantial change in driver behavior when we got into cities and towns where the noticeable courtesy given on the highway all but disappears. We found that Penticton was by far the most hostile place to be on a bicycle.
Another thing to consider is hydration. There will be a few long stretches where there's not much in the way of stores, restaurants, etc., where you can fill water bottles -- we brought our MSR water filter with us and were glad we did -- we used it quite a lot along the way to refill bottles at roadside creeks. We carried three water bottles on each bike and I can only think of only one occasion where we were both almost out of water.
Seegs, if you haven't already done so, I recommend taking a read through Grey Hair's site -- there's lots of useful cycle touring information there.
Last edited by WestCoastPaddler; 12-30-2015 at 02:19 PM.