My wife and I, we live in Germany, Europe. After biking the Icefields Parkway, the canadian part of GDMBR and the Kettle Valley Railway Trail during last years summer vacation we are now planning to visit the NW of the US following the Sierra Cascades Route on a self-supported cycling trip.
We fly into Vancouver BC and will stay 5 weeks in total. On last years trip we found it a great pleasure to do some offroad sections to get away from the traffic and have some spectacular scenery (loved Kannanaskis Country!). On numerous sites I find lots of MTB Tracks going back and forth or do a loop. We would prefer going from A to B because without a car, there's no need to do a loop to get back to the car par, ey?
Because we have to carry our whole stuff (no front panniers though) on our 10 year old MTBs we're not too much into technical and rocky trails but a smooth single trails is very welcome.
To give you a hint what kind of travel we like most, have a look at our last trip to Corsica (France) in early summer:http://rad-forum.de/showflat/Number/737395/Searchpage/1/Main/55331/Words/Korsika/Search/true/Korsika_auf_Abwegen#Post737395
If you're not into the german language just enjoy the pictures!
So if you have any suggestions of interesting detours away from the paved highways don't hesitate to post. gpx-Tracks are very welcome because we carry a Garmin GPS unit.
Another question right away: Is it possible, to pick the ACA Map Set at a local bookshop? I couldn't find the ISBN to place an order...
We would greatly appreciate to meet some nice guys out there, so we're looking forward to see some warmshower hosts or any other helpful people along the route. Making friends with local people is always the best way to catch up the spirit of a different country. And so far, we haven't been to the U.S. except New York.
We plan to make it approximately to the Oregon-California border and then get to Eugene to hop on the Amtrak going to Seattle and make our way across the isles back to Vancouver.
Thank you for reading and hope to see you on the road!
Ulla & LUTZ from Germany