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Up and across Canada (A trip to the Arctic and back)


A cycling tour from Vancouver, BC to Inuvik, NT (As far north as roads can take you in Canada) and back to Thunderbay, ON

6,365 km (3,955 miles) over 43 days from August 1, 2013 to September 12, 2013

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 1-3 months, First tour, Canada Coast to Coast, Canada West to East, Canadian Rockies
Locales: North America, Canada, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario
Year: 2013
Keywords: touring, bicycle, dempster highway, alaska highway, top of the world highway, klondike highway, cassiar highway, canada, yukon

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/CAN2013

Copyright © 2013-2014 By Iohan Gueorguiev - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2013
Last update: Monday March 17, 2014 06:47 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 17 Mar 2014 06:52 (US/Pacific))
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Table of Contents

Introduction (& short version): Before the trip (why am I doing this, preparation and route)
      Day 1: Vancouver to Pemberton: 169km, 18.7km/h, 9:00 hours
      Day 2: Pemberton - Lillooet: 120km, 16.2km/h, 7:20hours
      Day 3: Lillooet to 100 Mile House: 192km, 17.4km/h, 10:50hours
      Day 4: 100 Mile House - 20km before Quesnel, BC: 190km, 20.3km/h, 9:20hours
      Day 5: 20km before Quesnel to Prince George: 156km, 19.6km/h, 7:56hours
      Day 6: Prince George - 202km before Smithers: 187km, 20.1km/h, 9:14hours
      Day 7: ... - Smithers: 194km, 19.6km/h, 9:50hours
      Day 8: Smithers to 31km Cassiar Hwy: 155km, 19.9km/h, 7:54hours
      Day 9: 31km - Just before Bell 2 Lodge: 223km, 19.0km/h, 11:53hours
      Day 10: Bell 2 - Iskut: 163km, 16.7km/h, 9:44hours
      Day 11: Iskut to about 80km past Dease Lake: 182km, 17.2km/h, 10:30hours
      Day 12: 80k after Dease Lake to 20km into Alaska Hwy: 175km, 18.0km/h, 9:42hours
      YUKON! Day 13: 20km into Alaska Hwy - Teslin: 222km, 20km/h, 11:15hours
      Day 14: Teslin - Whitehorse: 188km, 19.3km/h, 9:42hours
      Day 15: REST DAY at Whitehorse: 20km
      Day 16: Whitehorse - Pelly Crossing: 290km, 21.9km/h, 12:58hours
      Day 17: Pelly Crossing - Tinatina trench rest area: 195km, 18.2km/h, 10:41hours
Should I continue or not?: This is where things get interesting
      Day 18: 60km before Dawson - 90km on top of the world: 158km, 15km/h, 10:37hours
      Day 19: 90km top of the world - kilometer 0 of the Dempster: 169km, 15.9km/h, 10:37hours
      Day 20: DEMPSTER 0 - 114km: Playing tag with the rain (I was never 'it')
      Day 21: DEMPSTER 114km - 252km: The rainbow day
      Day 22: DEMPSTER 252km - 369km: You call this road?
      Day 23: DEMPSTER Eagle Plains Lodge - to I don't know where: The best, hardest and scariest day (and night) of my life
      Day 24: DEMPSTER ... - Fort McPherson: Recovering from the storm
      Day 25: DEMPSTER Fort McPherson - Inuvik: Its not about the destination, its about the journey
Day 26, 27: HITCHHIKING Inuvik, NWT - Whitehorse, YT: Few hours at Inuvik and back on the road
Day 28, 29: HITCHHIKING White Horse - Cache Creek, BC
      Day 30: Cache Creek - Salmon Arm: 226km, 20.9km/h, 11:05hours
      Day 31: Salmon Arm - Before Roger's Pass (Glacier National Park): 159km, 16.9km/h, 9:20hours
      Day 32: Rogers pass - Lake Louise, Alberta: 167km, 16.7km/h, 10:00hours
      Day 33: Lake Louise - Calagary: 193km, 20.7km/h, 9:18hours
      Day 34: Calagary - Medicine Hat: 301km, 18.7km/h, 16:28hours
      Day 35: Medicine Hat - Swift Current: 236km, 20.9km/h, 11:30hours
      Day 36: Swift Current - Moose Jaw: 180km, 21.8km/h, 8:12hours
      Day 37: Moose Jaw - Manitoba border: The first all-nighter
      Day 38-39: Winnipeg, MN - Kenora, ON: One more night and a day in the headwind with no sleep
      Day 40: Kenora to Dreyden: Full day in the rain
      Day 41-42: Dreyden - Toronto - Hamilton: A less than ideal end to a great journey
VIDEO Up and Across Canada: My whole trip in 18 minutes
Slideshows, organized by highway
Recap and Whats next?


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