See the last photo.
And Red Barn Bicycles is a neat place.
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don't hesitate to buy something expensive or fancy if you so desire. I'd love a custom Co-Motion or Independent, but I cannot justify the expense.
I'd advise someone to hesitate before spending too much money on a touring bike. The Co-Motion and Independent Fabrications bikes you mention are indeed beautiful, wonderful bikes. But functionally they don't do anything more than the Trek 520, Surly LHT, or REI bike mentioned here. What they do worse is make you worry about them. The Co-Motion Americano frame costs $2000. The IF Steel Indpendence frame costs $2300. You will spend more time worrying about the bike than enjoying the bike tour. You won't just lay them down on the ground to take a picture. You won't lean them up against a pole to go into a store. The bike will be more important than the tour experience. And the tour may suffer for it. Equipment gets beat up, used, abused, scraped, gouged on a tour. The $1000-1500 range is good for touring bikes. You get a very functional bike and maybe racks and panniers too.
Its counter productive to have too nice of a touring bike.
My bit of advice (other than seconding mdxix re: green food) is have your itinerary through Canada formulated in your head before you get to the border crossing. From what I gathered through travelling 'cross the border is that Canadian Customs/Immigration is most worried about you coming into the country, staying indefinitely, and mooching off of their social services. They want to hear that you'll be in Canada for x days, and only x days. So be ready to answer how long you'll be in the country and where you plan to exit back into the US. I know things can change a little, but having an itinerary you can rattle off makes them feel more confident about you being in their country.
We are looking at doing the same trip in early summer. Here are a couple of questions I have:
1) The "quiet 21-mile alternative between Elko and Fernie": Does any one know if this is doable on 28c width tires? Is the gravel compacted or deep and loose?
I'm not sure about the rest of it, but it certainly is not flat in the Washington part.
the European Tire and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO)