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I would say that following Rt 7 to Rutland is perfectly suitable.  Rutland itself is another story but there may be ways around the downtown area and there is a sidewalk but a lot of downtown where Rts 4 and 7 merge is like 4 lanes (2N and 2S) that are heavily trafficed (for VT) and no shoulder with lots of lights and traffic coming in and exiting.   However, there are roads east of it that I think you could ride to avoid a lot of it and there is a sidewalk if you have to.   (or you can go through it at off hours).

Also Rt 7 is kind of iffy between Lenox and Pittsfield, but there is definitely ways around that east of Rt 7.

You could ride 7 through bennington, VT as that is not bad but there are also ways to avoid that too if you want to. 

Jay

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nothing is really good for you, including breathing so might as well enjoy it :D  I sure enjoy long distance touring...

Jay

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Yes, that is what the map indicates, it does have some odd looking spurs that go off 93... 

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/ne/neuf-news.aspx

It looks like we should be able to take the Liberty Trail to Rt 1A all the way to Castle Junction to get to 93S rather than TCH1, as the above link to the google maps shows that section open.

Jay

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Well, by going towards Radian HS, there is no route that I know of to cut back east towards the actual route anyway and we'd pick up the "fernie alternative" in elko, BC. From there, it looks like it is a mixture of pavement and trails as you sort of parallel 93 South.

If looks like you can avoid all trails by taking 93S straight to Roosville and the US border?   

Jay

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Sweet, thanks bikerevolves...   I'm in a group leaving on july 7th... Maybe we can run into you at some point on the trip... good luck to you!

I'm told that the Radium HS route is a lot of the original route before the official Canadian GD map came out..

Jay

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https://www.facebook.com/BanffNP

Banff NP's facebook page is simply awesome with updates, every day, I see about 4-5 updates from them, and most of it is good news!

Jay

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I got word from a company who runs the shuttle I'm taking to Banff from Calgary that some GD riders took the same route towards Radian HS... (though I don't know if they took TCH1 or 1A, but from your response, I presume TCH1.  TCH1 is open to passenger vehicles to get out of Banff towards Radian from what I've read and what 511 reports...

I will check the cyclist thing at some point...

Jay

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Maybe if all the SoBo GD riders bring a gallon of water from Banff/Canmore/Calgary, we can help with the arid landscape in NM.. :)

Seriously, hope all the residents and animals of the affected areas in Banff and Gila NF stay safe!

Jay

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"***New*** The Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A) is open from Lake Louise to just west of Baker Creek.
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that is from Banff NP's facebook page and looks like a nice alternative to TCH1 north out of Calgary.... Except I know where Lake Louise is but I am not familiar with Baker Creek...   Does anybody know whether we can utilize 1A versus TCH1 to get to 93 towards Radian HS?

Jay

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Thanks Nathan, I'm aware of the washed out bridges and the closed trail.  It appears that the reroute for Great Divide riders is to head up Highway 1 towards Jasper but then pick up 93 towards Radian Hot Springs and follow that down towards Elko and pick up the GD route there....   

As of right now, that is the plan...

Jay

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As a member of a group planning a July 7th departure, we're interested in conditions and alternatives at least I've been investigating picking up the route in Sparwood, B.C. via a route from Banff to Calgary which is somewhere around 221miles but don't know the route conditions in Calgary or TransHighway1 between Banff and Calgary.  According to what I've read, buses with a permit are allowed to go to Banff/Canmore/Calgary but I presume biking from Banff might not be allowed.  If we can't take the road detour, I certainly am not familiar enough with the area to know if there are actual off-road alternatives to the Spray River and other trails that are washed out.

But worst case scenario, does anybody know the conditions of TransCanada#1 to Rt 22 to rt 3 through Crowsnest Pass??? 

Is there a better route? 

Jay

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New England / Re: Border Crossings - Ontario/NY
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:57:16 pm »
I've only crossed into canada at Rouses Point, NY by lake champlain... but can you look at google satellite to actually see? I would think that there must be some bike friendly way w/o grates or so if that is indeed an issue cause I wonder if pedestrians would have to go through that too...   You could always contact the border station and ask...

Jay

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Routes / Re: Cape May, NJ Ferry
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:32:06 pm »
I only used the ferry to visit my father's house in Lewes, He lived like 6 miles from the ferry terminal so I would park in Cape May and just bike to his house...  A lot cheaper than taking your car... 

A lot of monmouth county is pretty tough on bikes, especially a lot of sections of Rt 35...  two lane roads with little or no shoulder...

Jay

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Routes / Re: Cape May, NJ Ferry
« on: May 10, 2013, 06:57:31 pm »
I've taken the ferry before, it's nice, it was like $6 when I took it around 5ish years ago. Not sure what it is now. check the schedule though as they have different schedules during the offseason so not sure what kind of schedule they are on now...     On nice days, you can see dolphins and stuff.. 

Jay

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Routes / Re: East Coast Greenway--Will my bike be ok?
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:38:49 pm »
You might be going slower than a wider tire when the pavement ends but I bet you'd be OK.

Jay

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