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I found out the City of St. Helens has McCormick park that has 10 tent sites on a first come - first served basis for $10 per night. This includes a shower. Neat!!
+1 on the "locks." A fairly light cable and small lock are all you need to deter opportunistic theft. And keep in mind that a u-lock doesn't come in that handy outside the urban setting.
Additionally the CGOAB journals read like a book whereas a blog is reverse chronology presentation.
Its a bit on the heavy side which worries me (Total Weight - 2,9 kg; Trail Weight - 2,63 kg ), but hopefully I'll manage!
...go to Ottawa, ON on the Trans Canada Trail (300 miles)...and finish with the Trans Canada Trail again that will take us to Vancouver (720 miles)...
If the miles are added up we get something around 6000 miles.
We're ready to take a train or a ferry at some point during the trip, but I still don't know if this is a realistic project as a whole.
Campground hosts may not be entirely reliable, reference our stay at Newhalem, WA. Bear signs, but no bear boxes, and we didn't have rope to hang food. So I asked the host if there was some place we could store our (depleted) food, and he told me, don't worry about it, they haven't had a bear in the campground for 10-15 years. So we left panniers on bikes overnight and didn't worry -- until we got back to civilization, and in contact with my wife. She'd been cruising various journals, and somebody had taken a picture of a bear walking through that same campground a week earlier. At least he didn't bother our stuff!
This may be one of those motorist/non-motorist split kind of things. The bears hadn't started to break into campers, cars, or even locked motorcycle boxes, so the host may have honestly thought there was no problem.
There is excellent, inexpensive, twice-a-day bus service between those two cities on Northwest POINT. The bus leaves from the same place as the train arrives. There's even TV and free WiFi on board. When I did it, I didn't take my bike with me, so you better call them to see what their policies are for that.
There are other places as well, but in generally all of the places where there is concern campgrounds provided bear boxes. In regular campgrounds you can judge the risk pretty well by whether trash cans and dumpsters are bear proof . If not you can probably assume that bears will not be a problem.