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How Much to Bring and Weight
Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
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HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames
Steel Repair Myth.
and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs
Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Bike Touring Shorts
Bicycle touring lights
Pictures of Equipment Failures
all 3 book)
Adventure Cycling Great Parks Route Bicycle Touring Maps
Bike Tour Canada and America's National Parks - Provinces: British
Colombia, Alberta - States: Montana, Wyoming and Colorado
Even in the height of summer, cyclists must be prepared for cold nights and
occasional snow in the higher elevations. The Canadian parks, with their wide
road shoulders, provide excellent cycling conditions, though motorized traffic
during the tourist season is heavy. Towns outside the parks, such as Fernie,
British Columbia, offer information and ample opportunities for the off-road
cycling enthusiast. Fascinating side trips abound for natural and geological
sightseeing, including aerial trams, glacier hiking and whitewater rafting. Be
sure to allow extra time beyond bicycling for these activities. This route
should be ridden from early summer to mid-fall. Going-to-the-Sun Highway in
Glacier National Park is usually closed until early June and has limited hours
for cyclists. Note that snow can occur at any time during the summer in the
Rocky Mountains. Due to changing local conditions, it is difficult to predict
any major wind patterns.
The route begins in Jasper, Alberta, a busy tourist center in the heart of
Jasper National Park, one of the five Canadian Parks the route traverses. You
will be amazed by the scenery: glacial lakes, dramatic waterfalls, piercingly
steep mountains covered with glaciers and a tremendous variety of wildlife; you
will stop frequent just to marvel at the beauty. Be sure to ride cautiously
among the tourists in recreational vehicles. As you head south over several
passes through the parks, take the time to go to Lake Louise and Banff, which
both offer a wide variety of tourist services and charm. After 230 miles of
amazing vistas, you'll leave Kootenay National Park and descend steeply into the
town of Radium Hot Springs. Stop for an enjoyable soak in the soothing hot
mineral pools. From Radium Hot Springs southward to Elko, the western side of
the Rockies offers gentler cycling following the Columbia and Kootenay river
systems. At Elko, the route turns east over the Continental Divide through a
series of small mining communities. You'll see the prairies begin on the eastern
slope and traverse the foothills through Waterton Lakes National Park, another
mountain jewel of the Canadian Parks. The border crossing into the United States
at Chief Mountain is only open from mid-May through mid-September, and then
you're in Glacier National Park in Montana, crossing the Divide back to the
western side on the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Highway. You'll find no major
climbs or descents after leaving the park, and the route mainly follows river
valleys bracketed by mountain ranges all the way into Missoula.
The northern portion of the route is a series of climbs and descents over passes
into various river valleys. In the south, you'll stay in the valleys and
experience a more rolling terrain. The route crosses the Continental Divide
To begin this route, Jasper can be reached by rail service from Edmonton,
Alberta. Along its entire length, small towns at regular intervals provide ample
services, but plan ahead due to crowded tourist conditions, especially in the
Canadian Park System and in Glacier National Park. Reservations at both hostels
and campgrounds are recommended. For off-road bicycling and primitive camping, a
water purifier is necessary.
GREAT PARKS SOUTH
The cyclist is rewarded by a continuous setting of dramatic mountain scenery,
national forests, parks, monuments, and many climbs and descents over passes.
Off-road mountain-biking opportunities abound at the various ski hills along the
route, which offer singletrack riding on quiet forest trails, serviced by
bustling tourist villages. This route can be ridden from early summer to
mid-fall. Trail Ridge Road is closed between October and June. Note that snow
can occur at any time during the summer in the Rocky Mountains. Due to changing
local conditions, it is difficult to predict any major wind patterns. Altitude
sickness can slow you down, so preparation for the high altitude is important.
Arriving a few days before your trip begins is a good way to acclimate.
The route begins in northern Colorado in the ski town of Steamboat Springs.
After a gut-busting climb out of Steamboat Springs to Rabbit Ears Pass, you'll
find open grazing land and national forest lands heading into Kremmling. There
is heavy summer tourist activity from Hot Sulphur Springs to Granby, the
southern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traffic is heavy throughout
the park, and the terrain is extreme. From Estes Park to Georgetown, this area
is the playground for Denver and the surrounding communities on the Front Range. Communities from Keystone to Breckenridge have become
major year-round tourist destinations, so be prepared for traffic and
recreational vehicles. South of Fairplay, the route becomes more rural and
traverses the high, open land of South Park. After crossing Trout Creek Pass,
the route drops into the Arkansas River Valley near Buena Vista. The western
slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is old mining country, from Salida all the
way into Durango. Around Dolores, the mountains give way to the dry, open Four
Corners region, highlighted by Mesa Verde National Park. Durango is the southern
terminus of the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the only
remaining regularly scheduled narrow-gauge passenger train in the US.
On this route, you will cross eleven mountain passes, and six of these will
be over the Continental Divide. The highest point is at 12,183 feet in Rocky
Mountain National Park. The route follows a few river valleys, but for the most
part you will be either climbing or descending.
In Colorado, high-altitude services from campground water to grocery stores
can shut down early in the autumn depending on weather. A water purifier is
recommended. Due to high levels of tourist activity in the summer, reservations
for accommodations and campgrounds are recommended.
Tips & Advice
Tools and Spares
Pots and Pans
Preventing Flat Tires
Bike Touring Shorts
Have Learned On The Road
Injustice of Poverty
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Cycle Touring Racks
Tents and ground